Teaching Recovery Through Biblical Knowledge
With our faith-based rehabilitation program, our team has been able to guide and empower thousands of men down a path of true freedom & recovery. We equip all of our students with the foundational knowledge, extensive tools and encompassing an understanding of how beautiful and gracious life can be without addiction. The Bible teaches us that all of mankind needs The Word of God and His scripture leads us to create good in the world. We can reach this point of clarity and unity thanks to The 7 Principles Curriculum.
“We integrate the words of God throughout our program, relating addiction struggles to the challenges of life and how to overcome those obstacles without shame. We guide our students to avoid adhering to any stigmas of identity such as, “once an addict, always an addict.”
We know this isn’t true and we’re here to show that there is life beyond addiction.
We believe God’s word sheds light on the real hope that addiction is curable, it does not need to define your identity for the rest of your life. We work with our students through The 7 Principles to show them with faith, perseverance, trust, and God you can live your life no longer labeled an “addict.”
The 7 Principles
Here at Ray of Hope Sober Living, we pride ourselves on embracing a non-12 step recovery program because we know there’s more to recovery than just 12 preconceived steps. Everyone’s journey is different, everyone’s heart is in a different place and everyone is ready for a different “next step.” With that in mind, we knew to create a faith-based transitional recovery space for those seeking help beyond the traditional recovery centers.
Our recovery curriculum travels further than spiritual behavior modifications and really hones in on seven Christ-centered principles found in scripture.
We dive into these principles because in the previous verses it says, “God gives us everything we need for a godly life…
“(1) Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: (2) Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (3) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (4)Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
2 Peter 1:1-4: NIV
The design of life and the beauty to enjoy it comes from the goodness of God. Addiction to anything comes from a lack of satisfaction in life, because a needed component of our life is missing for completion. We choose drugs and alcohol to temporarily resolve this frustration until it becomes out of control. We need a way to “escape” our fleshly desires–a “corruption of the world.”
Not only do these 7 principles drive our recovery program, but God’s promise is also a crucial component in this journey to a new life. This promise, in conjunction with the 7 principles, allows our students to find their way out of life as an addict and into a more fulfilling future.
Many addiction rehabilitation centers and recovery programs put all of the weight on the addicts’ shoulders creating pressure and shame to recover quickly and stay clean. We can be so focused on ourselves at times we fail to trust that God has a purpose for us and is with us every step of the way. When we forget to fully trust in God’s work, we miss out on true guidance and recovery. The 7 Principles are here to show you what it means to truly recover from addiction through the teachings of God’s scripture, His promise, and your own will to embrace God’s path for you.
We see that God’s plan for us isn’t just to be obedient to “stop or to abstain”, but it’s ultimately about growth and gaining the strength through The Holy Spirit...
Goodness - Trust
Knowledge - Truth
Perseverance – Focus
Godliness – New
Mutual Affection -Give
Love – Faith
Freedom from addiction through the healing power of Christ helps students:
1. Grow in faith
2. Strengthen resolve
3. Develop self-control
4. Endure through the trials of life
Our Faith-Based Recovery Program
All of this curriculum is the driving force behind our entire faith-based rehab program. Our team is composed of encouraging, knowledgeable and trustworthy leaders here to show you the teachings of Christ and help you apply them to your recovery journey. Our staff members will never introduce themselves as “alcoholics” or “addicts” nor do we expect any of our students. The Bible teaches, and we fully believe that addictions do not have to be forever.
When it comes to the traditional model of recovery, Ray of Hope Sober Living challenges the inherent assumption of the 4 olds, “old customs, old habits, old culture, and old ideas,” in order to break norms and create a better world! Below are the non-negotiable tenants we have adopted in support of the premise that there is absolute FREEDOM from bondage found in CHRIST!!
Non-Negotiable # 1:
Ray of Hope Sober Living will stand on the Word of God without compromise.
We will turn to the Word of God as an absolute standard of Truth. We know that addiction is not a surprise to God and that His word is sufficient for finding Freedom from bondage.
 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (ESV)
2 Peter 1:3–4
 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,  by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (ESV)
Non-Negotiable # 2:
Ray of Hope Sober Living recognition of Christ as the center of our integrative program.
We will not incorporate partnerships, medical or therapeutic practices, behavior, or individuals who threaten compromise the integrity of that non-negotiable tenant of our mission.
 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,  he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (ESV)
 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)
Non-Negotiable # 3:
Ray of Hope Sober Living commitment to a doctrine of Christian servitude as leaders, practitioners, teachers, staff, and students.
The commitment to serve the ministry, our brothers and sisters, and the greater good as a whole is not compromised for individual gain or agenda.
 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (ESV)
 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)
Non-Negotiable # 4:
Ray of Hope Sober Living will never judge the circumstance that led someone to us!
We will never treat someone differently because of the circumstances or actions taken that a life of addiction has caused. We know that the people coming to us, most of the time, are in the darkest seasons of their life.
 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”  This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (ESV)
Bear One Another’s Burdens
 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV)
Non-Negotiable # 5:
S2L will teach that identity is found in Christ not your past.
Non-Negotiable # 5:
Ray of Hope Sober will teach that identity is found in Christ not your past.
We know that identity is so important in everyday life for all people. We teach that our identity is in Christ and Christ alone. To believe that you are always going to be an addict or alcoholic (or announce yourself as such) is antithetical of the Word of God. (See Non-Negotiable #1)
 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:17–18
 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; (ESV)