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 seeking treatment for substance abuse. The center consists of separate male and female treatment ranches, making it one of Tennessee’s 77 (35.5 percent) of facilities with treatment specifically for women, and Tennessee’s 67 (30.9 percent) of treatment facilities for men. Detox is not available, and the treatment process focuses on Biblical teachings only.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process is based on religious teachings, isolation from negative influences, and work therapy. Clients are expected to help with the upkeep of the facility, which includes extensive ranch work. Plus, they stay in gender-specific facilities throughout treatment. The treatment process includes Bible study, ministry, and a two-phase immersion process.
During Phase One, the first two months of treatment, residents live in military-style quarters (one large room filled with multiple bunk beds). 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 places them in a 24/7 working environment where they can be asked to perform tasks at any time as the organization needs. Clients who choose to work off-site are responsible for paying a housing fee.
The program also teachers leadership and the importance of the community. Many of the tasks that clients are asked to perform can be considered job training, which is only available in 86 (39.6 percent) of facilities in the state.
Programming is overseen by a pastor who is also an alum of the program.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The accommodations are basic by design. Clients sleep in bunk beds located in a communal hall. Food is provided on-site. There are plenty of outdoor and ranch facilities as well as meeting places for counseling and religious meetings. Clients are expected to work in the thrift store, find employment, or help with ranch maintenance. The handful of alumni polled by Rehabs.com provided the center’s accommodations with inconsistent ratings (half submitted one out of five star reviews, and the other half provided maximum 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
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received five positive and four negative reviews from alumni of U-Turn for Christ. Positive reviewers noted the success of 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 representatively.
The negative reviews warned others 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.
On YellowPages.com, U-Turn For Christ has an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars from nine reviews to date. A majority of the reviews were positive, with comments about the religious focus and the staff. 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.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time, Rehabs.com has received feedback from three loved ones about U-Turn for Christ. One review was negative, and two were positive. The negative review described how the program was a scam, where the “PASTOR WAS PAID HANDSOMELY FOR MY SONS LABOR.” The positive feedback indicated that the “Pastor is tough as are the overseers.” The loved ones who gave positive reviews noted that the program was successful.
There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs.
DrugAbuse.com is a third-party resource for consumers seeking addiction treatment.
We list thousands of treatment providers throughout the U.S., often including alumni and staff ratings and reviews, and DrugAbuse.com 360 Guides that provide valuable information for people making difficult decisions. DrugAbuse.com is not influenced in regards to its ratings or reviews by any treatment center or its sponsors, and we clearly designate advertiser relationships with “Sponsor” or “Ad” or “Advertisement”.