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Founded in 2006, Freedom Farm Ministries is a non-profit ministry established by Robbie Collie and his wife. After finding sobriety through a faith-based program, Collie began Freedom Farm as a Christian recovery center for adult men. With three programs across seven locations in North Carolina, long-term residential treatment is offered in three stages. Acres of remote land provide a tranquil setting in which men embark on the bulk of the process, while the transitional living centers are in the residential neighborhoods of Boone.

Accommodations and Food

The first level of care is provided at the Safe House, which accommodates up to 10 men and is set upon 32 acres of farmland. This home is furnished with basic items and focus is kept on necessity over luxury. Rooms are shared, though all clients have space for personal belongings. Housekeeping duties must be performed and light work is assigned to able-bodied clients around the property. Nutritious meals are prepared and served communally.

The Restoration House accommodates up to 16 men across two sites. These homes are located on 18 acres of rolling hills 30 miles outside Boone. Men share rooms in the cabins and there is no TV or smoking allowed. Chores—including meal preparation—are shared among clients. The focus remains on spiritual reflection, with modest furnishings.

The Discipleship Living Center (DLC) provides transitional living across four locations in Boone. Though a residential environment, clients still share bedrooms and chores for the length of their stay.

Treatment and Staff

A rigorous screening process determines whether clients are truly ready to begin this structured Christian program. Expecting a yearlong commitment, men first enter the Safe House for around five weeks. This time is spent reflecting on their addiction and contemplating admission to Restoration House. No detox or medical care is provided, so clients must be physically stable. Daily Bible study and devotion comprise the bulk of scheduling, with light farm duties assigned to men able to perform them. Individual spiritual counseling is provided weekly.

Once accepted into Restoration House, men remain for 40 days, rarely leaving the cabins. This time is spent working on five specifically designed workbooks that deal with the underlying spiritual causes of their addiction. Pastors lead group Bible study as well as weekly individual counseling sessions. Clients engage in daily prayer, reflection and self-study, with minimal recreation time.

Finally, clients move to the DLC program for six to eight months to complete treatment. During this time, they gain more freedom but also more responsibility. They’re expected to seek employment, which is sometimes possible at a thrift store operated by Freedom Farm. While completing this program, men engage in daily devotion, attend local Church and participate in Bible study as a group three times a week. Individual counseling and spiritual guidance continues weekly.

Extras

In addition to their spiritual work, clients are also taught life skills like budgeting and job seeking.

In Summary

Freedom Farm Ministries provides long-term addiction programs for men seeking Christian treatment. Faith is an essential component of admission to the programs and a year long commitment is expected. For those willing to do the work, these programs provide a strong, spiritual fellowship in a peaceful rural setting. Costs vary, with fees for the DLC kept to a minimum and cover utilities, food and vehicles. Clients graduate with the goal of passing the message of their recovery on to others.

Freedom Farm Ministries
PO Box 153
Boone, NC 28607

Freedom Farm Ministries Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Freedom Farm Ministries by phone at (828) 964-2914 or by email. Find Freedom Farm Ministries on Facebook

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Photo courtesy of Allison from Hickory, NC, USA (I love this town) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons (resized and cropped).

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