Charlotte Rescue Mission

Organization Description: 

Founded in 1938, Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM) ministers to individuals caught in cycles of poverty and chemical addiction by meeting their physical, spiritual, emotional, social and vocational needs. The 90-day residential drug and alcohol recovery program incorporates the Twelve Steps model based on Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous through structured classroom instruction, six hours a day, five days a week. Regardless of economic status, our services are offered free of charge to every client.

CRM averages more than 500 admissions per year and boasts a 47% success rate; twice the national average! In addition to serving over 200,000 nutritious meals a year, CRM provides clothing, shelter, individual counseling, group therapy, medical care, educational classes, tutoring and Christian training to every client.
Through our programs, our clients receive:
* Food, clothing, and shelter
* Individual, group and family counseling
* Addiction education
* Worship services
* Life skills training
* Family education and services
* Opportunity for GED completion.

704 334-4635 ext 214
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907 West First Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Mission Statement: 

Charlotte Rescue Mission ministers the Good News of Christianity to individuals caught in cycles of hopelessness and chemical addiction by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional, social and vocational needs.

Organizational Statement of Faith: 

Charlotte Rescue Misson accepts the American Medical Association's definition of alcoholism (and other drug addiction) as:

"an illness that is characterized by significant impairment in the emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical, and social areas that is directly associated with the persistent and excessive use of alcohol and drugs. Impairment may involve psychological or social dysfunction. Alcoholism and other drug addictions also are manifested as a type of drug dependence of pathological extant and pattern, which ordinarily interferes seriously with the patient's mental and physical health and his adaptation to his environment".

We recognize alcohol and drugs as powerful and addictive chemical substances. We further believe that alcoholism and chemical dependency has a genetic basis in many individuals. In others, it is the result of repeated heavy drinking and drug abuse, even in the absence of a genetic predisposition.

Concerning the spiritual implications of alcoholism and chemical dependency, we believe it has its roots in alienation from God and the violation of conscience. We accept the Biblical definition of "drunkenness" as a sin, which prohibits those who practice it from entrance into the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). We believe that God's power is able to deliver individuals from the compulsion to drink and abuse drugs, and to set them free from the emotional, psychological, social, spiritual, and physical consequences of a chemically abusive lifestyle.

Although an individual may be delivered from the compulsion to drink or abuse drugs (and is no longer an "abuser" in the spiritual sense), we recognize they are still an alcoholic or chemical abuser in the therapeutic sense. We believe the continued use of alcohol or drugs results in changes in the emotions, mind, and body that do not disappear upon an alcoholic's or drug abuser's salvation. On a physiological level, they will always be "sensitized" to alcohol or drugs. Total abstinence, therefore, is a must; any use of alcohol or drugs can "activate" the chemical mechanisms of addiction leading to compulsive drinking or drug abuse. We believe this physical aspect of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency will remain with the recovering alcoholic or drug abuser until he is glorified and receives his new body from the Lord. With the acknowledgement of this fact, the Christian alcoholic or drug abuser will be all the more diligent to abstain from drinking or taking drugs, recognizing the dire consequences of alcohol or drug use. We further believe that, if the individual never drinks or abuses drugs again, the physical aspect of the illness will have no other actual effect on their life and Christian walk.

We believe that professional counseling and therapy is usually necessary to help individuals to overcome the consequences of alcoholism and chemical dependency. Also, we recognize that alcoholism or drug abuse is a "family illness", and believe that all members of the abuser's family need to be a part of the recovery process by receiving specialized help themselves. We accept the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as a reliable and orderly approach to recovery from alcoholism and chemical dependency. We identify the higher power as the person and work of Jesus Christ. We also believe there are some very specific scriptural principles that must be applied to such an individual to assist them in a victorious and fruitful Christian walk.

Many of the attitudes, temptations, feelings, and patterns of thought resulting from the alcoholic's or drug abuser's lifestyle are not immediately removed upon the abuser's rebirth. We believe these things constitute elements of this "sinful nature", or "flesh", that they will struggle with as long as they remain in this world. Therefore, through a process of discipleship, he must "transform by the renewing of his mind". (Romans 12:2) and must learn to "walk in the Spirit that he might not fulfill the desires of the flesh". (Galatians 5:16)

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