Alcohol and Drug Rehab

Top Reasons to Consider Checking Into Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is hard work. Healing and becoming truly rehabilitated requires ongoing effort, and this constant need to work may feel challenging at times – but you don’t have to do it alone. One of the greatest benefits of checking into a drug and alcohol program is immediate access to support and expertise when you need it most.

The Detox Process

The detox process is the beginning of many rehab programs. Why do addicts need to detox? When you become addicted to alcohol or drugs your body starts to rely on having these chemicals in your system, even if they are detrimental to your health and well-being.

Once you stop using, your brain reacts to the lower level or complete lack of the chemicals it has become used to. The results vary, but some of these withdrawal symptoms can be severe, both physically and mentally.

At S2L Recovery, we ensure that you’re not alone when you’re going through detox. At the same time, we introduce the healing words of God into our program right from the start. This is what sets our detox process apart from traditional approaches.

Therapy Options

Choosing to check into a professional alcohol and drug rehab center gives you access to a choice of professional therapy options. Most rehabilitation centers offer individual, behavioral, and family-based treatment options throughout your rehab program. Of course, it is possible to combine them. Many people benefit from combining individual therapy sessions with family sessions.

This combined approach allows you to spend the time you need to work on your own recovery, whilst also allowing your loved ones into the process. Having a supportive, knowledgeable environment when you’re healing from addiction can greatly contribute to your success. That is why including family members and other loved ones is often very productive.

When someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they often develop detrimental behaviors. Recognizing those and replacing them with more positive alternatives is part of behavioral therapy. The S2L team also places a high value on including spirituality and faith in your treatment.

Aftercare Planning

Recovery from addiction does not end when you leave the premises. In fact, for many (former) addicts, recovery remains a life-long task. That is why we believe you deserve more than a traditional 12-step program.

Our approach is founded on a deeply held belief that most addictions stem from a desire to escape something challenging in your life. However, finding lasting happiness and fulfillment requires more than a temporary escape route. The teachings of Christ offer you an entirely new perspective of the future. They highlight lifelong opportunities and infinite chances to grow within a supportive community. We believe that anchoring your recovery in this environment is the key to a freeing and promising life after rehab.

By embracing this approach, you take your support system with you even after you leave our center and benefit from access to community-based church fellowship.

Rehab Can Save Your Life

Rehab can save your life. This may sound like a big claim, but as the number of deaths from drug overdoses in the United States continues to grow, it is certainly true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2021. This number represents an increase of almost 15% from the previous year.

You or your loved ones don’t need to become another statistic. Entering rehab sets you on a path to recovery in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. We also recognize how destructive addiction can be for your relationships. Committing to an effective rehab program is a great way to start repairing those damaged connections and creating new ones.

Consider a Faith-Based Rehab Program

A faith-based rehab program allows you to set your sights firmly on the future. Rather than focusing on behavior modification alone, we emphasize growth principles. The difference is critical – rather than finding another escape route, our system offers you something bigger to become an integral part of.

You gain a community that is there for you when you need support. More importantly, though, you root your recovery in the word of God, guiding your sobriety in eternity. It’s a powerful foundation for lifelong recovery. Contact us today to learn more.

Things to Remember as You Navigate the Holidays While in Recovery

With the holidays just a few weeks away, many of us are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. But if you’re recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, the next few weeks can be some of the most challenging of the year. Here is how to tackle the holiday season without jeopardizing your sobriety.

Try to Identify your Triggers

Triggers for alcohol and substance abuse vary widely from person to person, but many of them are amplified during the holidays. First and foremost, celebrations and family gatherings are joyful occasions. At the same time, they disrupt your routine. For many people who are recovering from drug addiction, maintaining a daily routine is critical to successful recovery. If you can’t maintain your regular schedule, try to make time for elements of your routine that help you through the day.

Stress is another common trigger of relapse, and it may seem strange to think of stress during the holidays. However, managing large family gatherings, organizing last-minute presents, and cooking meals for dozens of people would increase anyone’s stress levels. If stress is one of your triggers, try to make time to relax and plan time to de-stress.

Build Strategies for Managing Social Situations

Social situations should be a source of fun and enjoyment. During the holidays, however, many involve alcohol. If you’re recovering from alcohol or other substance abuse, that is tricky, and you need to prepare a strategy to avoid relapsing.

One approach would be to let people know you are in recovery and therefore not drinking. If you are not ready to do this, volunteering to drive friends and family could work, too. It’s a great reason to ask for a glass of water instead of a glass of wine.

Make a Plan for Saying ‘No’ to Alcohol

How do you say ‘no’ to alcohol? For starters, it’s important to understand that nearly 40 million Americans suffer from a substance abuse disorder. That means you’re unlikely to be the only person in the room thinking the same thoughts.

There are plenty of reasons to say ‘no’ to alcohol: health conditions unrelated to recovery, lifestyle changes, and your plans for tomorrow that you don’t want to jeopardize are all valid reasons to stay sober.

Bring a Friend

Staying away from alcohol and drugs during the holidays is easier when you’re not alone. If you’re worried about your resolve, invite a friend to social occasions that may involve drinking. Your friend stays sober with you and can help steer conversations away from why you may or may not want to drink.

Create an Exit Strategy

Let’s be honest, many parties have a point of no return. If you leave before that time, you keep your recovery intact and get to enjoy the next day. If you stay when the party goes out of control, the consequences could be dire. For anyone in recovery, suffering a hangover is only the beginning of a long road back.

Plan ahead and decide on a time when you want to leave a party and think about how to say your goodbyes. Make sure you know how you’ll get home and stick to your plan. You can even let people know ahead of time that you need to leave at a specific time.

Look Up Meetings in Your Area

No one needs to go through recovery alone. Remember that whenever things seem to get too hard and you’re in danger of relapsing you can always get help at a local meeting.

Look up meetings in your area and keep a schedule on your fridge or on your phone. By doing that, you will have easy access to the support you need when you need it. Sometimes, even the best preparation and well-thought-out strategy are not enough. That doesn’t make you weak or a failure, it simply means that right now, you need more support.

If that’s happened to you, consider joining a residential recovery program. Residential recovery means having access to support 24/7 in a supportive, positive, faith-based environment. 

Contact S2L Recovery today if you or someone you love needs that kind of help right now.

The Opioid Crisis: Fentanyl

Across the United States, the growing opioid crisis continues to make headlines. Fentanyl is one of the drugs that is putting Americans in danger. Although this drug is extremely potent and highly addictive, recovery from addiction is possible with the right support.

What is Fentanyl?

First and foremost, fentanyl is a painkiller. It is a synthetic opioid prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain. One of its main applications is the management of advanced-stage cancer pain. Cancer sufferers use fentanyl patches where the painkiller is absorbed through the skin or lozenges.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl can be 50 or even 100 times stronger than morphine. The drug’s effect has been described as similar to heroin. Whilst medical fentanyl can be diverted from legal uses for misuse and abuse, the majority of overdoses and deaths across the United States are connected to illegally manufactured versions of the drug.

When drugs like fentanyl are sold through illegal markets, the potential for abuse and overdosing becomes greater. Fentanyl users are also in danger of buying drugs that have been mixed with other substances, such as cocaine and heroin. Drug dealers would do this to increase the euphoric effects of fentanyl, but without the user’s knowledge, it can make this drug even more dangerous.

What is the Opioid Crisis?

Across the U.S., the number of overdoses and deaths caused by synthetic opioids has been growing at an alarming rate. In 2020 alone, more than 56,000 deaths were linked to synthetic opioids. Perhaps more alarmingly, death rates rose by more than 56% between 2019 and 2020. By 2021, the number of deaths had grown to more than 70,000.

This significant increase has been linked to the coronavirus pandemic, but the opioid crisis started before 2020. Data shows that the number of deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses increased 18 times between 2013 and 2020.

Fentanyl is not the only synthetic opioid available on the illegal drug market. However, information from law enforcement shows that it is the driver behind the increase in overdoses and deaths. Data also confirms that fentanyl-involved overdose deaths are more often linked to illegally manufactured drugs than to prescribed, pharmaceutical fentanyl.

The fentanyl crisis is exacerbated further by so-called fentanyl analogs. Those are versions of fentanyl that can be stronger or weaker than the original drug. To date, Carfentanil has been the most potent fentanyl analog detected here in America. Experts estimate that it is 10,000 times stronger than morphine.

How has it Affected People?

Fentanyl has become a threat to the health, safety, and national security of Americans, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA acknowledged the severity of the crisis earlier in 2022 by launching its first-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day in May.

The administration states that drug dealers are not only using combinations with other drugs to increase addiction and turn users into addicts and repeat buyers. In addition, criminals are targeting younger people with the help of brightly-colored fentanyl pills.

Authorities have seized so-called “rainbow fentanyl” in more than 50% of American states. Experts believe that the bright colors make the drug look like candy, potentially making it more attractive to children and teenagers.

Fentanyl use is devastating to users and their families. In fact, drug overdoses have become the number one killer of American adults between the age of 18 and 45.

How Has the Crisis Evolved?

America’s opioid epidemic can be traced back to the late 1990s. At that time, pharmaceutical companies told doctors and healthcare providers that patients would not grow addicted to these medications.

Over the following years, patients and their doctors discovered that this was untrue. At the same time, increasing prescriptions became the gateway for misuse. By 2017, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency. Still, the number of deaths continues to grow.

Faith Based Recovery 

Dealing with addiction and substance abuse is extremely difficult for addicts as well as their families and friends. Recovery can be hard work, but with the right support, people can go on to recover their health and lead a full life. Choosing a faith-based recovery program can help you break free from addiction.

Contact S2L Recovery today!

Five Reasons to Choose A Faith-Based Rehab Program

If you or a loved one suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, it can be intimidating to decide upon a course of action. When looking into treatment, individuals and families are left with a difficult question – “Which treatment option would be the most beneficial?” If you or a loved one are seeking treatment, it’s important to weigh all available options.

Many different approaches to recovery are likely to be effective. However, there are teachings central to secular addiction recovery that can hinder one from healing. Incorporating Christian principles into your recovery will not only help you heal from your addiction; these Christian principles will give you newfound direction and purpose in life.

Here are five reasons to choose a Faith-based Christian recovery program:

  1. Freedom through Christ
  2. Heal Inwardly and Outwardly
  3. Rediscover Yourself
  4. Find Hope
  5. Support After Treatment

Find Freedom through Christ

Secular treatment facilities teach service recipients (SR’s) about the scientific and psychological components of addiction, but do not directly address its spiritual nature. The methodology of medical addiction recovery often leaves patients feeling hopeless, as if they have no chance of redemption. Secular treatment facilities teach SR’s that addicts have a life long disease for which the only hope is remission. This “disease” is supposedly so powerful that it will pervade the way a recovering person thinks for the duration of their lives. Additionally, those who struggle to stay sober, especially after prior attempts to recover, are subtly taught to see themselves as defective.

Graduates of secular treatment facilities are strongly encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Here is an excerpt from The Big Book, the foundational text of Alcoholics

Anonymous:

“Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. They are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty.”

At S2L Recovery, we do not believe that people who struggle with addiction are defective. Instead, we believe in the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that every person is made in the image of God, including those struggling with addiction. Instead of a life of pursuing mere sobriety, a life centered around faith gives believers the gift of a calling and purpose. A Christ-centered life doesn’t bring about mere remission, it brings about thriving transformation.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36, ESV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2, ESV)

Visit S2L Recovery to learn more about how a Christian treatment program can help set you free. 

Heal Inwardly and Outwardly

Coupled with effort and dedication, a faith-based alcohol and drug treatment program can help heal your inner wounds. Issues at the heart of addiction must be addressed in order to achieve long-term recovery. With the help of a Christian drug and alcohol treatment program, this can be accomplished. With counseling sessions in both group and one-on-one settings, SR’s at S2L Recovery are provided with opportunities to address the issues that led to their addictive behaviors. S2L Recovery also has a full medical team, allowing SR’s to receive medical treatment when needed.

We also value physical fitness at S2L Recovery. Our SR’s are able to exercise at a local gym several times a week. Our campuses have weight sets, as well as sizeable properties that are suitable for running or hiking. Entering a Christian-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation center is a surefire way to heal, inwardly as well as outwardly.

Rediscover Yourself

Spiritual beliefs are likely central to your worldview. Faith gives us a clearer perception of ourselves, the world, and its origins. Our opinions and interpretations of the people and circumstances we encounter every day can be positively altered through the view of Christ.
For those suffering from addiction, it is common for faith and hope to be supplanted by cynicism and doubt. At S2L Recovery, countless SR’s have experienced healing and freedom from addiction and past traumas.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)

Find Hope

Through Christ, anything is possible. For those suffering from addiction, hope can be the difference between maintaining sobriety and giving up. Achieving short-term goals will give you the hope that you need in order to bring long-term goals to fruition.

The hope of the Gospel is at the heart of everything we teach in our faith-based Christian treatment program. The aim of any treatment program is to imbue its patients with hope, but only faith can give a person true, unwavering hope that can withstand any test or trial.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23, NIV)

Support After Treatment

Essential to any recovery program, a SR should have full support throughout their treatment. But what happens after the program is complete? Does the standard treatment center offer support to the SR’s for the rest of their life? Usually not. Unfortunately, the support offered by secular treatment programs usually ends when a patient completes the program. Faith-based Christian rehab programs offer their SR’s more than lessons about how to maintain sobriety – these programs provide lessons about the Word of God that will follow them throughout their lives, proving to be useful in every circumstance.

After graduation, godly fellowship is essential for continuing sobriety. During your time in treatment, our recovery coaches will help you determine your next steps, taking great care to set you up for success after completing the program. S2L Recovery has an extensive network of alumni spread across the country as well as intimate involvement with several churches. Staff members and counselors are always available to you via phone or text, happy to assist however they can. At S2L Recovery, you will establish genuine lifelong relationships!

Discover options for Christian addiction treatment and addiction recovery curriculum at S2L Recovery.

A New Life Is Possible

Addiction can take over your life, but you can take life back. A relationship with Christ can be the difference between stumbling blindly through life and following a direct path toward the life God created you to live. You can break free from the chains of addiction!

Contact S2L Recovery today!

Why You Should Choose a Non-Profit Rehab Center in Tennessee

Did you know that over 21 million Americans struggle with at least one addiction, and only 10% of them seek treatment? Tackling drug or alcohol addiction alone is very difficult, if not nearly impossible. For many, overcoming addiction appears to be an insurmountable task. However, with the right support and guidance, anyone can break free from the chains of addiction.

When you begin treatment at a non-profit rehab center in Tennessee, you can gain the knowledge, faith, and hope necessary to achieve long-term recovery. Our 7 Principles Curriculum at S2L Recovery has helped hundreds of individuals battle their addictions and come out on the other side victorious. If you’re curious about how a non-profit rehab center in Tennessee can help a person live a happy, healthy, and sober lifestyle in Christ, read on.

Here’s what you need to know about how a non profit rehab center in Tennessee can help you cope with addiction: 

  • Receive Support
  • Heal from Trauma
  • Build up Your Strength and Confidence Through Christ
  • Gain a New Perspective
  • Work on Personal Growth

Receive Support

Community is essential for happiness. Humans are designed to be social, and to support one another. Overcoming addiction alone is very difficult. This is where non-profit rehab centers in Tennessee come into play. A supportive treatment setting allows a person suffering from addiction to make genuine, like-minded friends, giving that person support and fellowship. Counselors will invest in you and continue to support you even after you graduate the program.

At some point every service recipient (SR) must return to life outside of the treatment center. It is here where graduating SR’s must incorporate the skills they learned in treatment. An SR learning how to walk in freedom from addiction might be tempted to return to their old friends and old habits. Without proper support, graduating SR’s may be tempted to find comfort and belonging in the wrong places. However, with support from our community and obedience to God’s will, temptation can be overcome.

Visit S2L Recovery to learn more about our 7 Principles Curriculum today!

Heal from Trauma

Addiction of any kind affects every facet of a person’s life. For most, drug and alcohol addiction begins as an attempt to cope with painful experiences and emotions. Typically, there are various factors that lead a person to substance abuse. These addictions can form as the result of difficult experiences in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.

A non-profit rehab center in Tennessee will address these underlying issues. At S2L Recovery, we use Christ’s teachings to equip our SR’s with wisdom and strength. We also provide professional counseling, medical supervision, and positive fellowship to help overcome the traumas of their pasts. Biblical education and involvement in a genuine, caring community of believers is beneficial for all, especially for those struggling with addiction. Learning about and leaning on Christ provides the skills and knowledge we need to face life’s difficulties with confidence.

Build Up Your Strength and Confidence Through Christ

God wants you to experience freedom. Obedience to God’s will brings about transformation. Attending a non-profit rehab center in Tennessee can give you the time and guidance you need to see yourself how Jesus sees you – beautiful, purposeful, wonderfully and fearfully created, loved, and invaluable.

At S2L Recovery, the teachings of our Christ-centered curriculum gives SR’s the tools needed to analyze how they interact with the world around them. We work to help SR’s remain steadfast in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. A non-profit rehab center in Tennessee can help addicted individuals focus on realistic end goals to help weather the difficult times. The word of Christ helps SR’s to build the strength and determination needed to live a life of freedom.

Gain a New Perspective

For those struggling with addiction, it can be very difficult to understand how our actions affect those around us. While addiction can negatively affect an individual, it also hurts those around us, including our loved ones. With the Christian principles taught in a non-profit rehab center in Tennessee, SR’s can learn how to see life in a new way. This allows for more thoughtful decision making and optimism.

A relationship with Christ can teach a recovering person how to view the big picture and to understand that actions and behaviors have a wide-reaching effect on the world, whether good or bad. Understanding this new perspective can push SR’s to make decisions in a new way, with a greater understanding and appreciation for their impact on the world.

Work on Personal Growth

Healing is essential for a person to flourish in recovery. A stay at a non-profit rehab center provides SR’s a supportive, safe environment to rediscover themselves. After finding comfort and strength through Christ, those in recovery will feel empowered to make radical changes in their lives boldly. During recovery, it’s incredibly helpful to shed our former selves so we can incorporate new desire’s and learn to live a healthier lifestyle.

The 7 Principles Curriculum at S2L Recovery shows SR’s how great a life of freedom can truly be. S2L’s curriculum helps SR’s realize and experience how exciting and rewarding a faith-centered life of freedom can be. A life free from addiction is full of potential. A relationship with Christ will cause former addicts to feel hope, and for their dreams to become reality.

A New Life Is Possible

Addiction can take over your life, but you can take it back. A relationship with Christ can be the difference between stumbling blindly through life and following a direct path toward the life God created you to be.

Contact S2L Recovery today!

Christian Drug and Alcohol Rehab, Tackling the Pandemic in a Pandemic

Did you know that the amount of monthly deaths due to overdose increased by 30% in 2020? For the past few years, many have referred to the drug problem in the United States as an epidemic, or even a pandemic. With that in mind, seeking a sober life alone can be difficult for individuals suffering from alcohol or drug addiction.

When service recipients (SR’s) suffering from addiction begin treatment at a Christian drug and alcohol rehab program, they receive the support and guidance they need to improve their lifestyles, keeping them from becoming a statistic. That’s what Pastor Adam Comer from S2L Recovery recently discussed on Fox 17 News in Nashville, Tennessee. On April 10, 2021, Fox 17 News Nashville interviewed Pastor Comer on the intensifying effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the drug pandemic and American opioid crisis.

Here’s what Pastor Adam Comer (CEO of S2L Recovery) has to say about tackling the pandemic within a pandemic.

Tackling the Drug Pandemic in a COVID-19 World

For those suffering from addiction, one of the most difficult aspects of achieving long-term recovery is remaining strong despite everything life throws a recovering person’s way. Pastor Adam Comer touches on this during his Fox 17 Nashville interview as drug overdoses have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns and COVID prevention restrictions led mass amounts of people to isolate themselves at home. For those in recovery as well as those still in active addiction, recovery was more difficult than ever.

For most people, tackling addiction can seem to be an impossible task. This is why Christian alcohol and drug rehab programs are so beneficial. Pastor Comer discusses how the right support during the journey to recovery is crucial. A Christian rehab program can help those addicted, isolated individuals learn to overcome addiction and find belonging among a genuine, caring community of believers.

Sobriety and addiction recovery isn’t easy, especially in a lonely, atomized society. The isolation that many people felt only intensified during the COVID pandemic. Treatment and community are critical on the road to recovery.

Pastor Adam Comer touches on how coronavirus restrictions have negatively impacted those who are languishing in the drug and opioid epidemic. During his interview, Adam Comer explains to Fox 17 News Nashville how S2L Recovery approaches addiction recovery. Through love and the teachings of Christ, S2L Recovery works to help patients remain steadfast in their pursuit of a joyful life free of addiction. Long-term recovery allows formerly addicted men to become leaders of their families, churches, businesses, and communities. If a man aligns himself with God’s will, anything is possible!

To watch Pastor Adam Comer (CEO of S2L Recovery) discuss the intensifying drug pandemic in a country ravaged by the ramifications of COVID, watch this Fox 17 News Nashville video here.

Transcript:
“In our special series “Addicted”, Fox 17 News is investigating the pandemic within the pandemic for all of those suffering from addiction while battling isolation and anxiety for more than a year now. Fox 17 News Kathleen Jacob tonight, looking into this issue for months and showing us how one Tennessee recovery center is working now to reach millions.”

“You may recognize Adam Comer from other stories we’ve done on the opioid crisis. He’s pastor and CEO of S2L Recovery, a Christ-based addiction recovery center in rural Cannon County.”

“What we’re dealing with is deadly and if we shut our doors, we know people will die.”

“He’s not talking about COVID-19, but the pandemic within the pandemic that’s grown exponentially since the world shut down.”

“When we were in lockdown and were distancing from people and were trying to isolate things like that— that’s the enemy for addiction.”

“And it’s backed up by scientific research with almost double the amount of people needing mental health help since before the pandemic started. It’s something those in the recovery field saw coming.”

“There was a fear there even then when we didn’t realize how long this was gonna go, because I feel like people like you guys who see this on a daily basis just knew how bad or had an idea I guess of how bad this could become – a pandemic in itself.”

“I mean the projected numbers and the preliminary numbers are astronomical for 2020 – astronomical suicides, astronomical overdoses and alcohol poisonings. It’s skyrocketing, so the need during this pandemic for people to go get help was ever present.”

“It’s why S2L Recovery got out of their comfort zone, knowing they needed to reach more people.”

“During this pandemic, some things just started becoming very popular. You had The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan documentary, The Tiger King documentary, and all of a sudden all of these documentaries started becoming popular. So it started to make sense, so we became obedient, and entering that process.”

“Obedient to the call to produce the forgotten pandemic.”

“It doesn’t get the attention that it needs, and the amount of people who are so succumbing to it and death, or the families just being ripped apart because of it, and so we’re trying to put
a light on that, and offer hope in that.”

“Not just highlighting a problem, but also that there’s a solution and hope. Hoping to save lives from succumbing to this pandemic within a pandemic.”

A New Life Is Possible

Addiction can take over your life, but you can take life back. A relationship with Christ can be the difference between stumbling blindly through life and following a direct path toward the life God created you to live. You can break free from the chains of addiction!

Contact S2L Recovery today!