For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to people with a variety of physical and social afflictions through its 119 United States based Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs). Adult Rehabilitation Centers began in 1881 when William Booth - founder of The Salvation Army - opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of London, England. His initiative quickly spread to the United States, and to this day, people come to us with issues of substance abuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment and a need for spiritual awakening and restoration.
Drug and alcohol addiction are among the country's most destructive social problems, and The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) comprise the largest residential rehabilitation program in the United States. There are 32 Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) in Southern California alone, and although they receive no governmental funding, this comprehensive program is free to the public and financed through our well known Salvation Army Thrift Stores.
Adult Rehabilitation Centers are probably the most widely known of all Salvation Army services. They provide long term, social model, and residential recovery programs for individuals seeking to deal with substance abuse and other addictions. They seek to help participants regain self-worth, learn how to build an orderly and disciplined life and become contributing members of society. Each program participant is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, nutritious food, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, work therapy assignments and recreational activities.
The program includes the following resources and services:
- Medical and psychological assistance - including group and family counseling, and HIV/AIDS testing
- Transitional and supportive living assistance
- Educational services - including social skills development, HIV/AIDS and chemical dependency education, spiritual guidance and 12-step program groups
- Meaningful work therapy - including vocational training and reentry counseling and guidance
- Recreational and leisure time activities
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