Addiction treated with faith-based counseling

Published on Saturday, 10 May 2014 22:36 - Written by Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

It’s likely that you’ve never heard of the New Creation Foundation. Based in Troup, this nonprofit is by many standards small and is often overshadowed by more-established charities.

The foundation uses faith-based counseling to help people get back on their feet. The driving force behind New Creation is the Rev. Greg Fleck.

I recently met with Rev. Fleck in the New Creation Restoration Center, a residential addiction recovery facility for up to 40 men that challenges participants to change their lives through spiritual development and structured living.

The Bethel House, located outside of Troup, serves as the center for women in the rogram and has eight beds.

He explained that its addiction recovery program lasts about 14 months. During the first phase, clients’ needs are assessed, and they begin a curriculum covering the essentials of Christian living. In the second phase, participants are shown how to apply biblical principles, receive life skills and job skills training and are guided through personal development projects to help them succeed once they are released.

The foundation hopes to expand its ministry to serve unwed mothers and their children and recently held a banquet to launch a $750,000 campaign drive.

The Rev. Fleck said the combination of counseling, mentoring and building one’s Christian faith has proven to be a successful formula to help people become productive members of society, or as the foundation’s mission statement puts it, to “restore the whole person, helping them become a vibrant thinking, feeling and fully-functioning human being with talents, gifts and inner qualities that are developed and used for God’s divine purposes.”

You can learn more about New Creation by going to its website,www.newcf.net .