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What Is a Christian Faith-Based Recovery Program?

Timmons, Shirley M.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31821dd41d

No descriptions of faith-based recovery programs (FBRPs) that include explicit religious content and activities were found searching 2004–2010 electronic databases. This article describes an underdocumented FBRP: an evangelical Christian faith-based recovery home (FBRH) known as The Potter's House Restoration Ministries, to increase awareness about a FBRP that incorporates explicitly religious components, and reiterates the call for better description of FBRPs so that replication and evaluation of outcomes are possible.

Substance abuse is a critical problem that many believe faith-based recovery programs (FBRPs) can impact. But FBRPs using explicit religious content are not well documented in substance abuse literature.

Shirley M. Timmons, PhD, RN, is a Community Health Administrator who teaches population/community health and research at Clemson University. She is a health disparities scholar who frequently presents health-related educational offerings to local and statewide faith-based constituents.

Illicit drug use accounts for approximately 40 million cases of serious illnesses and injuries in the United States annually.

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