How Our Program Helps Men Recover
Our program uses both a clinical and Christian approach to learning how to live a life free of alcohol and drug dependency.
We have licensed counselors on staff leading individual and group counseling. You attend daily classes studying Matrix Treatment Manual coursework, 12 step meetings, life skills classes, and women’s issues.
Exploring and understanding God’s word plays a major part at many of the functions at Our Masters Camp. We create many opportunities for men to immerse themselves in biblical studies and in different settings. Whether it be morning meditation, Sunday school, or during theologian led group seminars, we want the men to gain a better understanding of God’s love and authority in their lives so that they will be able to accept his grace and forgiveness, and ultimately enable them to forgive themselves and others.
Using Biblical teachings, we explore the spiritual aspects of recovery and the knowledge that through Christ, all things are possible. By accepting Christ and leaning on His strength, program participants are free to experience self-forgiveness and a new freedom which makes the clinical approach all the more effective.
Life Skills and Men’s Issues
Life skills training is meant to demystify the everyday challenges that often perplex men struggling in addiction. This includes areas such as personal finance in terms of budgeting, navigating social situations as a person in recovery, teaching men about what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate relationships with women, and how to have a healthy self-image that is not performance based but is instead based on God’s love for each and every one of them.
Seminars / Class Room Lectures
We regularly spend time in the class room exploring spiritual and recovery related topics that are led by counselors, people with extended recovery experience, or spiritually gifted leader such as our guest pastors and lecturers. These discussions are often biblically based or clinically based, working through various recover related bible studies as well as Matrix coursework.
Peer Support Groups
Peer support groups have many benefits that help our men understand that they are not alone in their struggle, and that there are others suffering and overcoming situations similar to their own. It is also a tool that helps develop community and comradery amongst the men. These groups allow men to build off of the knowledge and power of the group as a whole so that they become stronger emotionally and learn practical skills from each other’s experience. Peer support groups will usually have an administrator or senior resident facilitate the meeting.
Work therapy functions at two important levels. First, it allows men to work as part of a team so that they can learn to be accountable to themselves and their peers. In addition, people often allow their responsibilities to overwhelm them and this a small step in gaining back that ground. Second, work therapy helps us keep our cost down (a savings we pass to you) by helping maintain the vast 100 acre property we sit on. Work therapy includes tending the grounds, keeping vehicles clean, keeping meeting and class room areas clean, and performing special projects. We also encourage men to use any special skills they may have in their personal professional lives if they choose to do so.
There is no shortage of workout machinery, free weights, and sports activities during a program participant’s stay at The Camp. From the administration staff to the residents, we love being fit and helping the men get fit. While many of the guys elect to just enjoy the outdoors or participate in recreational sporting and games, others choose to engage in weight and cardio training. Some of the activities and equipment available include volley ball, basketball, canoeing, trail walking, free weights training, machine weight training, ping pong, billiards, and running indoors or outdoors.
Every Sunday and Wednesday, program participants attend church services at Community Freewill Baptist Church of Pikeville, TN. These services allow for men to worship freely while forming relationships with a body of believers outside of Our Masters Camp. The church is very receptive to helping the guys feel welcome and appreciated.
For many of our clients, this is either their very first church experience or their first in a very long time. Either way, because we know that church attendance will play a very important part not just in their recovery from addiction, but in their personal development as men, that helping them transition into regular attendance is very important. In addition to attending regular services, our program men are often invited to attend special events at the church, such as plays, dinners, concerts, and other special engagements.