Of all the things that can distance a person from the love of God, addiction to drugs and alcohol are among the most powerful. It is remarkably easy for a man or woman to become bound by the chains of addiction and unable to see the love, beauty, and joy that surrounds those who are in the embrace of God.It is our desire to help them come to know the truth about God’s love and how He can set them free. The ReConnect Ministry here at The Salvation Army of Tyler is designed as a Christian, faith based ministry for people in need of assistance with problems due to drug and alcohol abuse. It is a long term residential program for men and women with an expected stay of 6 months. ReConnect is intended to interface with other services at The Salvation Army and within the community.
Purpose of the Ministry
1.) To help people overcome life problems and gain freedom from their addictive behaviors.
2.) To help participants develop a new identity in Christ.
3.) To develop a clear plan for life change, with the client’s involvement in the process.
4.) A ReConnect plan will be developed for each participant.
5.) The ReConnect plan will be based upon problems identified, will be goal oriented, and based upon assumptions that each person is unique with individual needs.
Description of the Ministry
The ReConnect ministry is a program offered at no cost to participants and consists of discussions, process groups, peer support groups, spiritual development, and life skills. The major goals of the ministry are to develop personal spriritual growth, to enhance the ability to think and act responsibly, and to learn the tools necessary to cope.
There are three phases for those in ReConnect. In the first phase, participants focus completely on overcoming their addictions and learning how to live in a non-destructive way. In the second phase, participants are able to, upon completing the addiction recovery program, seek employment or attend school while continuing their recovery. Participants still reside at The Salvation Army and participate in group and individual counseling on an ongoing basis, but in this phase he or she is able to deal with the added struggle of being out in the “real world” without feeling completely alone. After graduating from Phase 2, participants are able to return to their homes and families, renewed and empowered to continue to fight their addiction while returning to the world. Those without homes, enter our Home Sweet Home program which works with the graduates to house them in a more permanent setting where they can live independently with their new-found freedom from addiction. Ongoing support is offered to all graduates to help ensure their success in remaining addiction-free.
Substance Abuse Support Groups
Open to the ReConnect graduates and the general public, The Salvation Army hosts the following support groups at our facility:
- Alcoholics Anonymous – Fridays at 6:00pm
- Nicotine Anonymous – Mondays at 7:00pm
- Celebrate Recovery – Thursdays at 7:00pm
Who is Eligible?
The ReConnect program can accommodate eight men and eight women at a time. For information about participation in this program contact Trevesia Chevis or Cheryl Andreason at 903-592-4361.
Adult Rehabilitation Centers
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.
Who is Eligible?
Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.
A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.
Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs.