I like organizations that are led by men of character. Robert Shryoc is one of those men and the Stonegate Center is one of those organizations. It’s a Christian drug and alcohol rehab center for men located west of Fort Worth in the country. Robert founded the center some years ago and continues as its CEO. I had lunch with him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his world view and his attitudes toward treatment.
He says that addiction is about impaired choosing. The addict is a broken person who sees things in a distorted way and makes bad choices that make his condition worse. Robert likes the Twelve Steps because they help a person gain (1) peace with God, (2) peace with themselves, (3) peace with others and (4) and enduring peace that comes from a transformed life from the inside out.
The program itself works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues that pertain to addiction and recovery. A typical day there is structured from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM but includes time to relax and reflect. Robert says that real change happens in the context of real relationship, so community is very important at Stonegate. I find that to be true in the personal counseling that I do as well. Robert practices this with his organization as well, referring to specialists in the community and accepting referrals from other professionals in the community.
Another thing I like about the program is that it focuses on how to live a full and meaningful life beyond simply not doing the harmful thing. In other words, let’s evaluate progress by the presence of good, not just the absence of bad. It reminds me of the passage in Colossians 3:1-17 that uses clothing as a metaphor. “. . . rid yourselves of . . . and clothe yourselves with . . . “.
Perhaps these are some of the reasons the program has a 70% success rate. I hope you don’t have a need for a recovery center, but if you do, consider Stonegate. It’s a quality program run by a quality person of high character.