RU Recovery Ministries

RU Recovery Ministries


Reformers Unanimous (RU) Recovery Ministries began as a Bible Study in 1996 and now offers a curriculum that’s followed by nearly 1,000 chapters around the globe. Though the program has expanded throughout the country through outreach and education programs, the organization offers just two faith-based residential treatment programs, one for men and one for women, both located in Rockford, Ill., around a hundred miles northwest of Chicago. Medically supervised detox is not offered.


According to the facility’s website, the program was developed by behavior modification experts, and “uses a unique spiritual approach to develop lifelong stability.”

For both men and women, the program lasts up to six months and includes a combination of prayer, study, Biblical education, vocational training, and mentoring. There are four phases, each of which takes 45 days to complete. reviews indicate that the program is structured around completing workbooks. One reviewer polled by on the contents of the program indicated that there are counseling options and holistic offerings available.

The facility offers a purchasable “Personal Recovery Kit” on their website for those who’d like to participate in the program but cannot commit to residential recovery. The kit includes educational information, such as a textbook, online resources, and a religious-based workbook participants are to fill out.


None of the staff listed on the Reformers Unanimous website indicate any professional credentials. Instead, almost all are in recovery and have graduated from the RU Discipleship Program themselves. Three Christian religious leaders serve in high level executive positions.


According to the facility’s website, the men’s program has 55 beds and the women’s has 80. The single reviewer polled on accommodations at the time of this writing gave five out of five stars.

Photos published on the facility’s website indicate that RU Recovery Ministries offers pleasant but modest accommodations and amenities. Living quarters are spacious and comfortable, with cozy bedspreads and plenty of modern furnishings, plus a flower-filled backyard. There is a chapel with regular church services available on-site.


To date, has not received any alumni reviews for Reformers Unanimous Schools of Discipleship; however, on the facility’s Facebook, which it can manage, the facility earned 4.8 out of five stars from 459 reviews. [1] Many reviews praise the program and staff, with a heavy emphasis on the program’s religious roots.

Alum Cynthia wrote: “This ministry has helped me to find ways to heal my life and my family has been reunited to the power of Christ and this program Praise Jesus,” and alum Amy wrote: “RU has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life, it brought the right people to encourage me into my life.”

The facility received near-perfect ratings on Google as well, with a 4.9-star average from eight reviewers. [2] One five-star reviewer wrote, “I have been so blessed by this program.”


At the time of this writing, has received reviews from two former clients’ loved ones, and both gave positive feedback, suggesting that program had been transformative. One gave the facility four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and indicated that their loved one benefitted from treatment and that they would recommend the facility. They added: “Dealing with the inner man is where true change begins. Behavior changes as a person’s heart is changed. This facility has the right focus & structure.”

The other reviewer gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, family participation, affordability, and facility cleanliness. For connectivity to the outside world, the reviewer gave the facility just two out of five stars. “Courses involved are very intense, but at same time relevant to you where you need to go in your personal pilgrimage with the LORD,” the reviewer wrote.


According to the application agreement found on the facility’s website, the full program costs $7,500, though $500 is a non-refundable registration fee due upon acceptance into the program. Payments can be made in installment plans, but health insurance is not accepted.

Although working within the program is considered voluntary, those who refuse to work will be asked to leave the program. If payment is more than two weeks late, participants sleep in a nearby homeless shelter.


Reviews about RU Recovery Ministries

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  • There are 4 workbooks that are required to complete to graduate. Studying the Bible, completing written essays and memorizing many passages. This is a non denominational Religious based facility That uses the Bible and workbooks to help the person to battle the Strongholds of addictions. Courses involved are very intense, but at same time relevant to you where you need to go in your personal pilgrimage with the LORD, but that it will remain real to you throughout your walk with HIM. Only weakness is if the person doesn't diligently want to do the reading and complete tasks. Rewards are offered as a pin upon each challenge completed and pinned on the ribbon.
    This is a faith-based facility. Dealing with the inner man is where true change begins. Behavior changes as a person's heart is changed. This facility has the right focus & structure.