U-Turn for Christ in Greenville is a residential, faith-based, drug and alcohol treatment program that applies Biblical principles to the process of healing addiction. With separate facilities for men and women, residents are expected to participate in morning devotions, chores, community service, Bible study and personal time to establish and strengthen a relationship with Jesus Christ, while also learning how to be a healthy and productive member of society.
ABOUT U-TURN FOR CHRIST – GREENEVILLE
Located in Greeneville, Tenn., U-Turn for Christ is a faith-based treatment center that provides residential programming for both men and women. According to the center’s website, treatment is “based entirely on the Word of God,” and lasts up to eight months.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
During phase one, the first two months of treatment, residents live in a military-style quarters (one large room filled with multiple bunk beds). According to the facility’s website, this type of environment is meant to facilitate “healthy fellowship” among the participants. Daily activities during this time include morning devotions, regular chores, volunteer community service, Bible study, and nightly prayer. Women work at the organization’s thrift store while men participate in the upkeep of the center’s facilities and landscaping.
Phase two lasts six months and provides residents with two options: they may find regular employment during the day, or they can opt to fully serve the ministry which, according to the facility, “comes with considerable sacrifice.” According to the center’s website, “Servants of Christ can be called on at all times to serve in many different ways.” Clients who choose to work off-site are responsible for paying a housing fee.
According to the center’s website, programming is overseen by a pastor who is also an alum of the program.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the facility’s website, accommodations are basic by design. Clients sleep in bunk beds located in a communal hall. The handful of alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com provided the center’s accommodations with inconsistent ratings (half submitted one-star reviews, and the other half provided five-star reviews). The one reviewer who commented on housing characterized it as “a modular mobile home full of mold and rats.”
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com provided varying opinions on the treatment they received at U-Turn for Christ. Three of the five reviewers were satisfied with the program and specifically praised the center’s “tough love” and emphasis on religion. “They put me in many situations that challenged me to trust and depend on God… The staff here played a key role in guiding me through my daily struggles and encouraging me to press on and not give up,” O.B. wrote in a representative review. D.P.L., a five-star reviewer, told Best-rehabs.com that it was the “Best program ever created.”
The other two survey respondents used their reviews to issue warnings about the program, facility, and staff. G.Z. described a staff member claiming to be a pastor as “a fraud,” and M.W. cited unclean living conditions and insincere staff. “The current Pastor is all about the money, not about the men,” he wrote.
The four alumni who submitted reviews to Yellowpages.com were satisfied with their experiences and each rated the center with five out of five stars. They specifically appreciated the program’s intense structure and credited the faith-based components with changing their lives. “U Turn For Christ is a strict and structured ministry where i was given the raw truth… As i gave The Lord the opportunity He began to mold and shape me into who i am today,” Al wrote in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s affiliated friends or family members, but three of the four reviews submitted to YellowPages.com by loved ones were negative. Multiple friends and family members reported unsuitable living conditions and questionable treatment methods. “Sure there is Bible study but their practices seem very unChristian – ask those who have left. Punishment is very inconsistent – just whatever the leader wants to do for that day,” A. wrote. Becky described the housing as “atrocious,” adding, “If the unqualified people in charge decide you have not done as told they send you outside in 19° weather to dig holes in the ground.”
Ken, the one loved one who provided a five-star review, reported that the facility helped his son in “amazing ways.”
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs.