There is Christ-centered hope and help for any and all addictions. Some drugs of choice may be classified as substances that are addictive. Other “drugs” of choice include be a processes and activities that are out of balance in a person’s life. The powerful pull of addictive behaviors relative to “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16) can all be referred to as “besetting sins” or "addictions.”
Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) is a Christ-centered recovery group ministry. It follows the 12-step recovery process and we encourage all Adventist churches and organizations to host a support group in their facility. Training is provided for group leaders and resources are available. Visit the website for more information.
In addition, several Adventist recovery / rehab facilities are located through-out North America. Many of our Adventist hospitals also provide addiction recovery programs.
In the mid-1980’s, Hal Gates, an attorney and an alcoholic, listened to God’s call, returned to the Seventh-day Adventist Church of his youth and began to serve as a pastor. One day in January 1986, Hal in prayer heard God telling him to not get up off his knees until he was ready to start a ministry dedicated to people in need of recovery from addictions, or sins. Within 24 hours the first group was ready to meet. Since that time Regeneration groups, through Jesus Christ—the Highest Power, and support of the Adventist church has started groups all over the world.
Regeneration became a fellowship of men and women who shared their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems, by the grace of God and help others to recover from addictions and the dysfunctions connected with them.
In May 2008, the Association of Adventist Parents (AAP) and Adventist Recovery (Regeneration) Ministries (ARMin) boards decided to unite the two ministries since their purpose and mission are similar. The primary purpose is to help people develop Christ-like character in preparation for His soon return.
In January 2011, Adventist Recovery Ministries board officially voted to dissolve the former organization and to restructure the ministry under the Health Ministries department of the North American Division.
In April 2011, ARMin was officially brought into the Health Ministries department of the North American Division and the Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) Committee was formed to grow and expand impact of addiction ministries in the territory of the North American Division.
You can participate of this ministry as a member and volunteer. The only requirement for membership in recovery fellowship groups is a desire to stop compulsive-addictive behavior.
- There are no dues or fees for membership.
- Christ-centered 12-step groups believe Jesus Christ is the Highest Power.
- Our primary purpose is to educate, inspire and provide resources for people to recovery from compulsive-addictive behavior, its dysfunction, and to help others seek recovery.
- Groups follow the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, and 12 Concepts as modified from Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Trainings and Educational resources are being produced to help people lead in different areas of this ministry as well as individuals find in Christ the source of strength to overcome any addictive behavior.
Adventist Recovery Ministries
Health Ministries Department, North American Division