Recovery & Sobriety Overview

What are Recovery Support Services (RSS)?

Safe Harbor is a church, independent of denomination, offering a faith-based RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES program. We are an approved provider of Recovery Support Services by both the Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (DADAS) and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (Access to Recovery). Recovery Support Services are designed to enhance and reinforce recovery after participation in inpatient licensed Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation programs. We do not offer medical detox services, and the program we administer employs a combination of pastors, lay-ministers, volunteers, and peer coaches (people in recovery with long term sobriety) who have been trained in core competencies that relate guiding and supporting others in recovery. Our program is designed to provide a safe drug and alcohol free environment and structured support program in which participants regain their work skills and habits; learn about recovery and relapse prevention; and to prepare to live a sober, independent life after graduation.

Why our Recovery Support Services Program is Called the ‘Nehemiah Program’

This is a reference to the Biblical story, in the Old Testament Book of Nehemiah (originally from the Jewish Torah), about the efforts of the children of Israel to rebuild the wall around the city of Jerusalem. In those days, massive walls were constructed around cities to protect inhabitants from outside threats. In the case of those we serve, their ‘walls of protection’ have been destroyed, and lacking the right skills to maintain sobriety they are exposed and in danger. Just as the Israelites worked together to rebuild the broken wall and secure themselves from danger, we work together with our participants so that they may regain their strength and rebuild their broken lives.