ARC

Adult Rehabilitation Center

Location

660 E. 48th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact Us

Majors Paul Chouinard & Rachel Chouinard
Phone: (907) 562-5408

Email: Paul.Chouinard@usw.salvationarmy.org

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Who We Are

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program in Alaska provides housing, counseling, life skills education, spiritual development and work therapy for men who are struggling to overcome challenges and difficult circumstances resulting from the effect of substance abuse. This residential program is primarily funded from donations to and sales at Anchorage and Mat-Su Area Salvation Army Family Stores.

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Brief History of ARC

The Adult Rehabilitation Center is rooted in a long history of fighting addiction. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has been fighting alcoholism through its 119 U.S.-based adult rehabilitation centers (ARCs). The ministry began in 1865 when Salvation Army founder William Booth opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of England. Because many homeless people were also alcoholics, it was in these shelters that the ARC ministry began.

By the 1940s, American ARCs were developing a more professional counseling program, and in the 1950s ARCs hired professional social workers and psychologists as permanent staff. Today, ARC ministries extend to those suffering from alcoholism as well as multiple drug addictions.

The Salvation Army's ARC ministry is entirely self-supporting, receiving no government funding. In order to support the ministry, The Salvation Army takes discarded items that people donate, recycles them and then sells them in Salvation Army Family (thrift) Stores. Salvation Army ARC ministries provide housing, clothing, medical attention and educational aid to men who are seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction. The ARC focuses recovery around the spiritual fulfillment that comes through a personal relationship with Christ, offering a variety of programs to practically accent this spiritual ideal.

For more information about our Adult Rehabilitation Centers please check out our national satruck.org website, which provides information on donating to The Salvation Army Family Stores and also features stories of lives transformed by ARC programs.

 

Programs & Services

  • Individual Couseling
    • Each beneficiary is assigned a counselor to work with throughout rehabilitation and as needed. These one-on-one relationships build trust and self-confidence in the beneficiary and give the ARP staff more thorough insight into the individual case.
  • Group Therapy
    • Each beneficiary is assigned to a group during the first week of treatment. The group meets weekly throughout the duration of the ARP program. During group meetings beneficiaries discuss their feelings in a caring environment facilitated by a counselor. 
  • Work Therapy
    • Each beneficiary is given a work therapy assignment when first admitted to the center. The program is structured to provide each participant with an opportunity to complete tasks successfully, resulting in an enhanced sense of self-esteem. The men get used to working again within a safe, controlled environment that allows them to interact with peers and supervisors while dealing with the mental, physical and emotional challenges posed by a life without chemicals. When possible, men are placed in an assignment compatible with past experience and abilities. However, in many work therapy areas it is possible to do fundamental training that will prepare the participant for entering the job market.
  • Chemical Dependency Classes
    • The twenty-six weeks of chemical dependency classes consist of films, illustrated lectures and visiting speakers. The films, some of the latest and finest in the field, deal with all aspects of addiction including many classic symptoms and emotional phases through which the disease progresses. Visiting speakers are well-respected local professionals in the field of chemical dependency and offer insights from a wide variety of viewpoints. Illustrated lectures lend additional aid to the ministry. They are supplemented with handouts and collateral material, helping those attending to retain the information presented and giving them a starting point for their own reflections. All sessions of chemical dependency education are arranged so that there is time for a question and answer period. Variety of subject matter and open commentary engenders a sincere interest and active participation by beneficiaries.
  • Six-week Anger Management Course
    • The six-week anger management course address the origin, nature and consequences of anger. Each class lasts for an hour and is supported by handouts, charts and illustrations. The Salvation Army believes that learning to cope with anger in a positive non-self-defeating manner is a crucial asset to living a sober life.
  • Spiritual Development
    • These classes are attended by the beneficiary for the full 26-week program. The curriculum includes:
      • An overview of the Bible and its significant guidance in daily life
      • The origins of Scripture and its concordance with modern historical record and science
      • Issues of faith in Christ as the foundation of spiritual life
      • The nature of a personal relationship with God
      • Developing a deeper relationship with God through prayer.
      • Ways to make prayer a valuable tool in building a Christian life
      • The value of Christian living--as it relates to recovery
    • Through these ministries the beneficiary is given the opportunity to reconsider his personal value system and make a commitment for real spiritual growth within a Christian environment. All staff members strongly support the emphasis on Christian growth and salvation as keys to complete recovery.
  • Chapel Services
    • These services are held on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening for all persons in the center. The Sunday service is a formal meeting, while the mid-week service is more informal with awards, sharing and celebration of program achievements.
  • Drug Testing
    • Drug testing is implemented in order to maintain an alcohol and drug-free environment. The center employs an Alco-Sensor breathalyser for spot checking on alcohol usage. An ADX Urinalysis machine is also available for use. Twenty-five percent of the center's population is tested weekly on a random basis.
  • Relapse Prevention
    • The twelve-week series of relapse prevention lectures clearly outline the relapse process. Participants learn to identify the early stages of relapse before problems or retroactive addiction occurs. Within the program tools for dealing with relapse difficulties are discussed in an interactive environment. All aspects of sober life are examined, including job, family, relationships, health, nutrition, recreation, spirituality and service to others. The emphasis in this program lies in building awareness, support systems and a balanced life. Sometimes the support groups take the form of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings. In-house meetings are run by the beneficiaries themselves. Within the ARP ministry this usually involves a one-step-a-week overview of the program or a four-week overview of the first four steps in the program.
  • Family Education
    • Family education classes run in 6-week cycles. Spouses, parents, siblings and other immediate family members of beneficiaries are encouraged to participate. Subjects include the ARP program, the disease concept of addiction and family roles in dependency. Family members are shown how they are affected by the addiction, what they can and cannot do for the chemically dependent person and how to seek help and further support for their own growth and healing.
  • Re-Entry Program
    • Some locations offer a three-month re-entry program that includes training in obtaining employment or the pursuit of higher education. Many graduates of the ARP program go on to earn college degrees. Some also take advantage of transitional living arrangements that The Salvation Army provides for its ARP graduates.

 

Ways to Support our Location

  • Your donations make a difference.

In Anchorage, call (907) 561-4670 for pick up or drop your donations at any of our five Salvation Army Thrift Stores during store hours.

Sale at Family Stores in the Anchorage and Mat Su area benefit ARC programming based in Anchorage.

Sales at Salvation Army stores in other Alaska communities benefit local community-based social services.

 

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