The 7 Principles Curriculum

S2L is determined to teach
from biblical knowledge

We believe it’s the deciding factor in whether any of us will withstand the test of life’s challenges and overcome it with boldness. The Bible teaches that all of mankind needs The Word of God and scripture tells us that:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our curriculum is founded on the book “Lost & Found”, authored by our own Pastor Bruce Stanley and Chief Operating Officer of S2L Recovery. With God’s word, The S2L curriculum relates addiction to the challenges of life and how to overcome without shame the stigmas of identity. The real hope found here is that addiction is not only curable but one’s life could change so much that the “Addict” is no longer present.

The 7 Principles:

Different than the traditional 12 steps of recovery, our curriculum goes beyond spritual behavior modifications and focuses instead on 7 Christ-centered principles found in scripture. This can be found in (2 Peter 1:5-7: NIV)

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love”.

And the promise, “God’s promise”, of this is found in the following scriptures:

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,  11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2Peter 1:8-11 NIV)

We are so focused on ourselves and what our version of recovery looks like, we fail to trust God with his purpose for us and thus miss out on what God says we can’t even imagine.

“Now to him  who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
(Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

So we see that God’s plan for us isn’t just to be obedient to “stopping or to abstinence”, but it’s ultimately about growth and gaining the strength through The Holy Spirit and following these 7 principles and their keyword meaning:

  1. Goodness
    – TRUST

  2. Knowledge
    – TRUTH

  3. Self-control
    – TURN

  4. Perseverance
    – FOCUS

  5. Godliness
    – NEW

  6. Mutual Affection
    – GIVE

  7. Love
    – FAITH

Our students are conquering the desire to use drugs and alcohol and living different lives. In fact, S2L is experiencing a 63% recovery success rate*. (national average is 12-30%)

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

You will never hear any of the staff members at S2L introduce themselves as Alcoholics or Addicts nor do we ask anyone else to. The bible teaches, and we believe, that addiction doesn’t have to be forever– The stigma behind identifying oneself as an addict is part of the recovery problem. But scripture tells us:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”– 2 Corinthians 5:17

After years of failed rehabilitation programs, Bruce’s own testimony of Christ-centered recovery is what inspired him to write this book. This recovery strategy is also being replicated in churches and other recovery meetings across our nation and the globe. To read more about Bruce’s story, click HERE.

If you are interested in starting a group based on this curriculum, please contact Bruce Stanley for trainning, workbooks, and resource materials by emailing him at


Visit your favorite bookstore online or click HERE to purchase the book from Amazon.

* Based on a 2017 survey of alumni one year or more after leaving the program. S2L Recovery’s commitment to this biblical curriculum is changing lives and has been certified through the Faith-based Initiative of The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.