Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Department

Seminary

First Advisor

MaryKate Morse, PhD

Second Advisor

Carlos Jermaine Richard, DMin

Third Advisor

Jason Clark, DMin

Abstract

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports on over 14,500 specialized drugtreatment facilities providing counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other services to persons with substance-use disorders.1 Drug addiction is a complex disorder that can involve the individual's family, work, school, and community involvement with pervasive consequences, so treatment typically involves many components, with the goal of addressing each facet affected by the disorder. Residential drug-treatment programs throughout the United States follow different treatment and rehabilitation models. In Mississippi, most drug-treatment programs are offered by the Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services. However, residential drug-treatment programs in northwest Mississippi do not incorporate Godly tools and leadership principles to address the increasing challenges of drug addiction. This dissertation addresses v faith-based treatment environments, servant leadership, and reintegration into spiritual and community life to determine the effectiveness of three residential drug-treatment programs around northwestern Mississippi aiming to understand the effectiveness of those programs and how they could better improve the lifestyles of Mississippi’s drug-addicted population. Based on the findings, I propose to establish a Restoration Christian Outreach Community (RCOC), a faith-based, holistic, drug-treatment program, planned for northwest Mississippi and designed to change each recovering individual’s social environment. The resulting artifact, entitled “Transforming Drug Addicts’ Lives in Northwest Mississippi: Restoration Christian Outreach Community (RCOC),” represents portions of a proposed facilitator’s manual for daily sessions at the RCOC Ministry. This artifact incorporates the Godly tools missing from many recovery programs, and may be used by others in outreach ministries and residential drug-recovery facilities as a holistic approach to healing.

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