During this month, Rock Recovery Ministries joins other agencies in the country by recognizing its own achievements in helping addicts break the endless cycle of addiction.
The use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2010 according to a national survey published Sept. 8 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that 22.6 million Americans 12 or older (8.9 percent of the population) are current illicit drug users. The rate of use in 2010 was similar to the rate in 2009 (8.7 percent), but remained above the 2008 rate (8 percent).
Another disturbing trend is the continuing rise in the rate of current illicit drug use among young adults aged 18 to 25 -- from 19.6-percent in 2008 to 21.2-percent in 2009 and 21.5-percent in 2010.
Rock Recovery, a part of the Rock Church, helps substance abusers attain sobriety by focusing on faith and the power of God to aid in recovery. The co-ed support group uses small group interaction, Bible verses, and twelve-step principles, for those familiar with the bondage and destruction of addiction. Rock Recovery has directly and indirectly helped thousands of people in the San Diego area.
“We've helped so many, I don't have a total,” said Rock Recovery Ministry Leader David Powers. “What's impressive is the success rate of those who've participated in our residential program, Soledad House.
"Rock Recovery is a very active ministry, but a lot of churches have recovery ministries,"
Powers said the majority of Soledad House’s population is 18 - 24 year old female opiate addicts. “Of women who spend 90 days at the Soledad House there is a 50 percent success rate to get to over three years of sobriety. For women who spend 90 days at the Soledad House and transition to our phase 2 sober living and stay till they reach one year sober, we have a 90 percent success rate to (reaching) over three years of sobriety.”
He said there are several factors that contribute to the ministry’s success. Reputation and treatment outcomes are significant factors, said Powers, but another is that every bed in the residential state licensed court approved community receives a significant scholarship.
“Our average wait for a bed has been six to eight weeks. Finally after looking at dozens of places we closed escrow on our fifth facility,” he said. “This takes our residential community to over 40 beds.”
Through the Rock Recovery Ministry, David Powers and his wife, Tina have helped people from all walks of life free themselves from drug and alcohol addictions. The couple brings first-hand experience to this process. They met 17 years ago during their own addictions. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, Powers found himself in and out of jail for illegal activities directly related to that type of lifestyle until he got clean and sober.
Facilities all over the world know of the Rock Recovery program and recommend many clients. Various meetings are held several times throughout the week.
To learn more about National Recovery Month and the opportunities offered by the Rock Recovery, please visit www.therocksandiego.org/
* Interview opportunity with Rock Recovery Leader David Powers and wife Tina.
* Interview opportunity with Rock Church Senior Pastor and author of "DO Something: Make Your Life Count," Miles McPherson
ABOUT THE ROCK
The Rock is San Diego’s largest church and the 19th largest church in the nation according to Outreach Magazine's 2009 "100 Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America" survey. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player. Over 12,500 people attend the Rock's five Sunday services.
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The Rock is San Diego’s largest church and the 19th largest church in the nation according to Outreach Magazine's 2009 survey. It was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player. Over 12,000 people attend the 5 Sunday services.