All 12-step recovery programs are based around the concept of believing in (and relinquishing control to) a Higher Power. The freedom comes in allowing people to create their own definition for that term. That freedom is still available to those seeking help at Lamb of God Recovery Centers in Pompano Beach, Florida, where treatment is a combination of 12-step work and therapy, from the perspective of Christianity and Biblical principles.
Accommodations and Food
Less than five miles from the beach, Lamb of God is a collection of Florida bungalows. There are 50 twin beds available and the services are offered for men only. Each client is allotted their own nightstand and dresser but rooms are shared. The group meeting room is reminiscent of a small new age church with crosses and other Christian emblems adorning it. There is a small yard and rec room with a pool table but not much else in terms of recreation. Recovery and its application to the real world are the main focus here.
There is a commercial kitchen and dining hall with round tables and vending machines. The cook lives on-site and prepares all three meals. Expect basic cafeteria food. They often have to rely on what’s donated and what’s most cost efficient at this nonprofit.
Treatment and Staff
The average length of stay at Lamb of God is six to 12 months. The two biggest facets of the program are working the 12 steps from a Biblical perspective and CBT. It also employs a heavy dose of relapse prevention strategy so clients are more than prepared to apply what they’ve learned in treatment, in reality.
The Christian-centered curriculum is based on four concepts developed specifically for this type of faith-based treatment: AA Legacy, Genesis Process, Journey to Freedom and GraceWalk. AA Legacy is basically how to approach the 12 steps as a Christian. The Genesis Process is how to spiritually understand the chemical dependency element of addition. Journey to Freedom and GraceWalk are lectures/tools on how to apply the grace of God as a way to relieve the bondage of addiction.
Classes focus on healthy lifestyles training, skill building and anger management. Group processing happens on a daily basis. Individual counseling and family therapy are scheduled on a client-by-client basis.
A typical day usually begins with breakfast at 8 am and a 9:30 am devotional. Following the devotional, clients attend an AA meeting walking distance from the residence. Afterwards, they return and are kept busy with homework assignments, step work, Bible study, groups and classes as they pertain to the aforementioned curriculum. The men are also responsible for chores and sometimes community service projects. The last lecture closes at 6 pm for dinner followed by another 12-step meeting. The idea is for the men to be kept busy and stimulated around the clock so no one is bored or alone with a “wondering mind.”
As clients progress through treatment, they are provided with vocational assistance and further life skills training. Upon program completion, clients can also receive assistance with transportation needs, finding sober living and guidance reemerging into regular life with their families and employers.
The top figurehead at Lamb of God is Pastor Don Fugate, a leader in the addiction ministries profession for over 20 years. Fugate was formerly a regular speaker on the AA circuit and has founded a number of annual AA retreats across the country. The remainder of the staff here are board certified addiction counselors but there are technically only four full-time employees there all day, every day. There are no doctors or nurses so detox is not available.
The option to stay at Lamb of God Recovery Centers for as long as a year is perhaps appealing to anyone who suffers chronic relapse upon re-emersion into society after the relative seclusion some shorter residential programs provide. Keep in mind that this is a Christian program while 12-step ideology is only spiritual in nature, and that definition of spirituality is supposed to be left up to the individual, here at Lamb of God, clients are using the Christian Bible in conjunction with the Big Book.
Lamb of God Recovery Center Location
971 South Dixie Highway West
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Lamb of God Recovery Centers Cost
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