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Causes: Christianity, Mental Health, Religion, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: It is the mission, duty and purpose of S2L Recovery to illuminate the life of freedom that is offered through Christ using biblical training, innovative pastoral counseling, licensed professional counseling, medical supervision, certified peer recovery specialist and residential discipleship for anyone suffering from addictions

Results: The most recent survey conducted revealed that S2L obtains a 60% success rate. This survey involved 100 alumni who have been out of the program for 1 year or longer. *For a copy of the survey to see its full range of questions please email [email protected]

Target demographics: Men aging from 18 to 65 years old that battle with addiction

Direct beneficiaries per year: On average we will help 150+ men a year going through our program.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Nashville Area

Programs: CPRS, recovery coaching, pastoral counseling, licensed professional counseling, medical supervision, group counseling, 1on1 counseling

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Changing men’s lives with Christ as the center!! A wonderful testimony of men helping men grow through the word of God to overcome addiction. Helping them discover how to live out freedom in Christ.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am not a part of this non-profit organization. However I wanted to take some time to tell all of those that are viewing this how this place helped influence my dad to change his life and become one with Christ. My dad joined this program a little over a year ago. He began his journey as a student here to become a better person and get rid of all of his addictions and problems he was facing in life. Now he is a member of the staff here at S2L. He recently came back into my life a few months ago and I could tell he was better just by how he looked. We began to talk and catch up and he told me about his journey. It was hard at first but he knew the best was to come. He graduated the program and was forever changed. I see everyday through text, FaceTime and face to face visits of how God has worked in his life. He really has changed for not only his family but for himself. This place forever changed my dad but without God it would’ve never happened. Thank y’all for all y’all do!

Sharon W.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! Always puts the students best interest first. Committed to helping men change their lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

S2L not only gave me an amazing outlook on all aspects of life it changes my life as a medical professional. I have found so much peace and hope here at S2L. I love being apart of a community that puts Christ first and being able to treat people with the love of god.

Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L recovery is a place where broken men who have struggled with addiction can come and have their lives changed. The men and women who work at S2L understand that through Gods power, the chains of addiction can be broken for any man who should choose to lean on the Lord and His power to heal and restore! This approach and reliance on God to do the heavy lifting, is what has changed so many lives, and broken chains of addiction for men from all over the Nation!

Jason T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L Definitely changed my life. When I came to S2L I was so broken and had no hope. I had been a addict for about 15+years.S2L helped me grow my faith in God and break those horrible chins of addiction. I am free!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

S2l recovery is a very powerful place it’s unbelievable the work God is doing through the life’s of all these men it’s changing my life on a daily basis and I can see myself becoming closer to God thank you S2l for all you do

Karl Christian K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L has changed my life. For eternity.

God used this place to take me, a broken man, lost in the darkness of sin and addiction, and made me into a new creation by bringing me from out of the darkness, and into His light. I surrendered on this hill to follow Jesus, and nothing has been, or ever will be the same again.
I'll be eternally grateful to God, and to every man that has been a part of leading me in my walk at S2L.

I told my parents on Christmas Day of 2019 that I had been using heroin again for almost a year, and was about to be homeless again. Miles picked up the phone after they found and called S2L and he spoke to my family of hope, of a way out of the darkness, of freedom from addiction through Christ. Miles prayed with them, and stayed in communication and prayer with myself and my parents until I was able to muster up the courage to come to S2L with nothing more than unbelief, lack of faith, and a broken spirit. I will never be able to repay the grace, and the love, and the brotherhood, and the light that I have been shown at this ministry.

God is Good. God is alive. And there is hope; even in the midst of addiction. Freedom in Christ is as real as the air that we breathe.
I never thought it was possible to get the ideas and thoughts out of my head that always led me back to the grips of addiction, but when God tells a mountain to move, it moves. He is a Way Maker, a Miracle Worker, a Promise Keeper, and the Light in the darkness.

I will forever be grateful to the ministry that changed my life.
All thanks and praise to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

THANK YOU S2L !!! THANK YOU JESUS !!!

So if the Son makes you free, will be free INDEED.
JOHN 8:36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery has impacted and changed my life! God is working unbelievably in this place changing men’s and their families lives. I’m blessed to be apart of this great ministry!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization offers freedom through accepting, graceful, and abundant identity in Christ

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If it weren’t for S2L Recovery, my husband wouldn’t be who he is today. After many failed attempts with traditional treatment approaches, my husband found true freedom in Christ at S2L. I am forever grateful for this mission, to Christ, and to all those who serve here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place changed my life! The platform Christ allowed to be here taught me there is freedom in Christ and I was more than a conqueror and I was a child of God and not an addict! The staff and students there kept me encouraged and was 1 part of the daily four pillars that is taught here! This place will forever hold a special place in my heart! The pictures are before a life of Christ and in a dark place, the second one is a picture of freedom in Christ!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at S2L was life changing because I had the chance to build on my relationship with the life giver. There were unresolved, unrevealed lies about who I am in Christ that were brought to light by great one on one counseling, and quality time with brothers, away from the hustle and bustle of life. At S2L, the tools to experience true freedom in Christ and an abundant life are taught through the four pillars: Prayer, Word Of God, Good Fellowship and Action; and also through the curriculum of the 7 principles found in 2 Peter 2. S2L Recovery is not a 12 step program, they teach students they no longer identify with their addiction but that their identity is in Christ alone. Hi, my name is Jeff and I am a child of God!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I came to S2L I was in the darkest place I had ever been. I had spent years of my life going to jails and other rehabs. While I was in the program I found my identity in Christ and felt at peace for the first time in my life. The staff at S2L were always there for me and helpful when I had any questions. I have finally made it over a year clean and sober and never have to call myself an addict again. Thank you S2L for all you have done for me and my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Praise God for S2L! I came to this place with absolutely no hope and honestly no desire to live. This place is where I found Christ, My Identity, My Purpose, and My Calling in life! It’s where I became not only a man, but a MAN OF GOD! The staff is one of a kind and the fact that they have all been through addiction themselves really resonated with me. The presence of God is undeniably felt the second you step foot in this place. It has not only changed my life, but my entire family’s lives. This is hands down the best recovery facility in the country!

John M.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I struggled for over 16 years with addiction! I had tried other programs and never found the freedom that I have today until I found myself at spring 2 life ministries. Their alignment with the Holy Spirit is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. If you struggle with idols in any way please consider this program. It saved my life and so much more. I’m so grateful for Gods grace and mercy!! God is good! Thank you spring 2 life and for allowing God to use your place as a safe place for men to build a firm foundation and sanctify themselves in our Lord, Jesus Christ!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This ministry is a gem. I’ve worked in this field for six years and am a former addict myself. I’ve also been a board member for other recovery places and the excellence of how S2L is operated by its executive team and staff far surpasses anything I’ve seen. If you’re looking for a trustworthy addiction recovery place to come to or send a loved one. This place is it. Especially if you’re tired of traditional recovery methodologies and desire real freedom from addiction through Christ.

Donor

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery is unique in the field of addiction. The program teaches that complete freedom from addiction is possible with a focused identity in Jesus Christ rather than the problems and consequences of a life of addiction. Lives are being transformed permanently. The men report this “brotherhood” fellowship as being a game changer-the love they have for one another is heart changing and life altering. They say they have never experienced a love like this anywhere else. God bless S2L Recovery!! I love you guys!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! I’ve been to several places in Tennessee and there really is something different about S2L. Great staff that’s truly dedicated to your recovery and continues to care even after you finish the program. I came here initially only because I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t a twelve step program, not because of a desire to grow closer to god. But gods presence can’t be denied here, and once I accepted him into my life again I quickly understood that my lack of a relationship with Christ was why I was failing in my previous attempts to stay sober. I’m sober today only because of that relationship and this place. For the first time it’s not a struggle to stay clean, I’m not white knuckling it every day...I’m truly free!!

Brian W.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a lot I can say about this place, but the most important thing to say is that this place saves lives. Honestly, looking back I have had my doubts if I was gonna make it to 30. Not just because of the way I was living, but also because i was just tired of life and the so called living I was doing. I hoped quite often that I would just die. It’s amazing how God, this place and the staff here has changed me. It’s through them and my brothers in the program that I have learned about God and started to seek a relationship with Him. I have learned its through Him that we are made new creations and it is He who breaks our chains. Its through Him we have true freedom. He is my hope. He gives me peace. The changes that I have seen in others here are nothing short of a miracle. I pray that more people come to find freedom like I have found and that they seek God so there their chains of addiction may be broken.

Julian Carrasco D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L is a place where you can recover your identity as a person and that identity is only given by Christ. Through the staff members who show unconditional love, compassion and that burden of wanting to help the most needy who suffer from this disease of drugs and alcohol I recommend this place to anyone who wants to be restored! I say it from my personal experience. There is hope!

1 Missy Bilbrey R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm writing this as a mother of a former addict. Without S2L, I wouldn't be able to say former. I can honestly say without them ,and the Lord, I wouldn't have my precious son! Never give up on your child and if you need need help ask the Lord and S2L!

6 Quint B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are tired of struggling from addiction and are looking for a life changing experience. S2L is the place to be!!!!! The facility is great and peaceful. The staff is amazing!!!! Not only are they amazing they all have suffered from substance abuse and have done what it takes to defeat it. They are normal people just like me that have felt the pain and agony that comes from the lifestyle of addiction. This place is truly a gift sent from God. His presence definitely flows through this place. It has saved my life. It has also restored to me a sense of purpose, peace, and Freedom. I was at a point in my life where I was broken, lost, homeless, and I felt like there was no way out. Then I was introduced to S 2 L. Though I was financially strained from drug addiction. They did all that they could to make sure that my needs were taken care of. It was there I learn that my life wasn't over and that I could beat this giant call drug addiction. I came only to get clean but ended up leaving with a solid relationship with God. I also left knowing the meaning of true love. Theres a lot of love at that place. Not only did I learn about addiction. I learned about Christ and that with God's help I could be set free from the bondage of substance abuse. My relationship with my family has also been restored. I'm also a better father, son, and brother. I am a better man. I have also met a group of guys from different backgrounds, ethnicities and walks of life that i will never forget and they will always be a part of my life. S2L is not just a charity or organization to me its a family, A brotherhood, and a way of life. While i was at S2L I experenced things that were totally outside of the box for me. I even went whitewater rafting. They showed me that life and having a good time is more than gettting high. I could go on forever but am greatful for this place. S2L TEACHES MEN HOW TO BE MEN OF GOD AND HOW TO USE THE TOOLS THAT GOD HAS GIVING US TO DEFEAT NOT ONLY ADDICTION BUT TO DEFEAT ANY GIANT THAT YOU MAY FACE IN LIFE.

2 Bradford G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place changed my life when I thought I didn’t have a chance. Words cannot describe this place if your troubled or know someone who is and looking for treatment this place is the game changer!!!!

4 Bo E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

S2l changed me forever. I went in broken and beaten down from a 10 year addiction to cocaine and opiates. I had no hope for myself, no aspirations in life, and no faith in God. Through my 83 days at S2l I found all 3 of these things changed. I first discovered that Jesus Christ is my hope, God is real, And my life aspirations have become to show others the love God has for them. No matter what I went through, the staff was there to lift me up and teach me how to transform a broken life, into a powerful testimony for God. If you want to be free S2l is where to break your chains off for good.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our journey in Recovery lead us to a very Clinical approach for our son. Although having merit, it did not leave us with the desired, lasting results. Spring 2 Life was the reattachment of our son to His identity in Christ. The men really bonded as the teaching brought out the needed path for true freedom! Once an Addict always an Addict, No Way! Our son bought his first house this past year and is happy and whole. Thank you Jesus and Thank you Spring 2 Life. Ron

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Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery is where my life began. I went in as a 25 year addict of opiates and alcohoI and left with a completely new identity. From day one, I felt like the staff and other students not only accepted me, but cared for me. The facility is located on a beautiful 10 acres on the top of a mountain! While this is great, what is greater was what I was taught there. I learned about how God loves every person He has created and our purpose is to have a personal relationship with Him. I was released from the shame and guilt I felt for all the mistakes I had made, and that through His grace, mercy and love I was forgiven. I felt an empowerment that I could, through Him, conquer the desire to use drugs and alcohol. Over the next 2 months that is exactly what happened. By listing to other's teachings, through reading His word (Bible) and through communicating with Him through prayer I not only lost my desire to do drugs and drink, but he showed me His truths which allowed me to truly examine myself for the first time. Things like lack of patience, anxiety, anger, pride, and not loving others were brought to my attention like never before and I asked Him to change me. I began to experience peace, less pride and more love towards others. 1 year removed from S2L, I have an unwavering faith in God and a true desire to follow Jesus daily. Looking back on the days of my addiction I now realize that God was continuously calling me to him, but I was completely unaware of his presence. S2L Recovery opened my eyes and my heart to the Truth, which allowed me to see what I never could before. I now identity myself as a Christ following Child of God and certainly NOT as an addict!! God bless you if you reading this a please give S2L a call if you or anyone you love is struggling. There is not only freedom from addiction through Christ, but a future that is far greater than you can imagine!

4 Ryan R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at S2L saved my life. Because the experience at S2L saved my life it is easy for me to say it is one of the best non profits that exists today. Don’t just take one person’s word for it, instead look at the success rate of S2L compared to other recovery institutions: the national average is 12% where S2L touts a 60% success rate. Our nation is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and in the midst of such a time as this S2L uses a solution that produces not only sobriety but a way to live with joy, love, hope, kindness, and peace. Their method is not a new one, but one that people tend to shy away from. Simply put they teach about the saving, restoring, eternal love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They teach that belief and salvation through Jesus Christ will not only put that addiction in the rear view mirror, that through the power of Christ in our lives a whole new way of living with peace and hope is possible. Help S2L in their pursuit of battling this national epidemic and breaking the chains of addiction or people all over this country!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After eight months spent at three different rehabs, over a three year period, I somehow ended up at S2L. The people at S2L helped me realize that I wasn't a bad person for the things I did and that the real problem I had for so many years, was that I was trying to fill the void in my life with pleasures of this world. S2L helped guide me in the right direction and what I believe, helped save my life. 13 year opiate user and 4 year iv heroin user... Today, I'm not an addict... You don't have to live your struggling to not get high, if you're spending your time struggling to follow God and do what's right. S2L offers insight to truth I'd never heard before. The recovery coaches really invest time into the clients that are brought to S2L and you won't find a more genuine staff that truly cares about the people coming in. It is truly an amazing experience where you can enjoy good fellowship and become the man that God made you to be. I count myself blessed to have met the men there and received real treatment

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been thru a bunch of different programs all over the state and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this one is the best! Most loving and carin. Program that is ran by a bunch of men who have been thru it themselves who really want to help guys find freedom!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was hopeless and had tried everything!! I went to S2L Recovery and heard hope like I never had before. I was losing my marriage and everyone and everything I cared about. After multiple rehabs and multiple relapses I finally found true freedom at S2L Recovery and now I’m living the life I never thought would be possible . My marriage and relationships have been restored and I’m truely thankful for S2L and they are truely saving lives and helping set men free from addiction!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Completely transparent and honest ministry. The staff is very knowledgeable and loving with students and families. Christ-centered curriculum, coaching and teaching. Jesus is the solution and freedom is the result!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L is absolutely life changing! Learning that addiction is merely a symptom and doesn't have to be life long is a game changer! Truly meeting Jesus and experiencing his love through the staff and classes will set you free from the bondage of any addiction. It's a choice you will never regret! Galatians 5:1

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am writing as a mother who watched my son Sebastian throw away his life through alcohol and drug addition. It was heart wrenching to helplessly watch him deteriorate as a human being. My husband and I prayed for 25 years for the Lord to reach him. One night, a night I am so eternally grateful for, our prayers were answered. My son called and reached out in a way he had never done before. He was at a point where he was considering ending his life. During this conversation he indicated that he wanted to change his life once and for all. Because of his decision to want help my husband and I thoroughly researched Christian treatment centers. As a result, we were led by the Lord to make the arrangements for him to attend S2L program. Within a week he had accepted the Lord and his outlook on life changed dramatically. He went through 3 months of treatment that put him on the right path to a life that he never thought was possible. With Jesus and the wonderful staff at S2L he has grown and continues to grow as a new person in Christ. Now I have my son back after many years of estrangement. We are eternally grateful for all the work the staff has done and continues to do through the S2L program and the genuine men that now are part of his life.
Paula and Patrick Schrader

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Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L is not just about staying sober but how to live a joyful, peaceful life free from the bondage of addiction and all of Satan's snares. The foundational teachings at S2L showed me the true nature of God and his love for us. I know that the rest of my life will be filled with joy and peace as my walk with Christ continues.
Steven Powers

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Client Served

Rating: 5

S2l changed saved my life! I was ready to end my time in this world before I reached out. I had been on and off drugs for so long. I would build everything up and then crash it down again. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt I had no reason to live. S2L showed me how how serving the Lord and having him in my life would change everything. I have a purpose to live now and feel the best I have ever felt in my life. Thank you to all my new brothers I have met along the way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was a wreck before I came to S2L recovery. I was a homeless drug addict and thought I was unable to be loved. The staff here showed me compassion and understanding of my struggles while demonstrating how to be responsible brothers of Christ. I felt truly loved for the first time in a long time and I wouldn’t have witnessed my life be restored without their help. I have tremendous gratitude towards this program and their dedication towards Christian principles.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery is the pinnacle of change. This is where freedom is found. This is were lives are changed forever and people are loved deeper. Not only have I seen hundreds of lives changed while being here, my life was also changed. I found freedom, love, and my true identity.

1 Jeffrey O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before coming to s2l, I struggled with a heroin addiction for 14 years. I was in and out of secular treatment facilities and jails while sleeping under bridges, having no hope... I found God with s2l and now experience life in a way I once had no hope for.. This non-profit was the stepping stone to change my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life has changed drastically since attending S2l recovery. The biblical principles that were taught to me have created a strong foundation in my life. I am for ever grateful to S2l and will never regret the decision I made to attend S2l and allow God to give me a new heart.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

S2L is a great an awesome ministry changing the lives of men in bondage with addiction through Jesus! God is doing great things and changing lives daily. The staff have a true heart for serving God and assisting with a true life change!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before coming to S2L Recovery, I was lost, broken, and hopelessly trapped in addiction. I learned about the mercy and saving grace of God. The staff opened my eyes, and taught me through scripture that I can become a new creation, and not be an addict/alcoholic for the rest of my life. Healing, hope, and restoration began as I began my walk with the Lord.

1 Becky C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This story begins with our son,Adam, coming to the end of a very difficult life of drug use that caused him to lose everything he valued in his life. He had tried other rehabilitation programs but relapsed at his first chance. These programs gave him information and guidelines on what to do with a life filled with dependency but it was only words. Coming to S2L gave him hope thru seeing God as a true Savior and hearing words spoken from men that had lived his life and that had been pulled to the safety of God's promise and love. The lie that "once you are an addict, you are always an addict" was brought to light and Adam became fully aware that he was a NEW man once he gave God his life, as broken as it was. God showed him thru the program at S2L and the lives of the Godly men there that truly cared about him, that he was never again to be called an addict! That life was given to God and true forgiveness took its place. Adam is now a strong man of God giving back to others that are trying to make their way out of that darkness. God is there for anyone willing to give Him a chance and S2L is a place that God has provided as a means to that end. We thank God for the program and the Godly caring men that gave Adam an opportunity to hear truth. Becky Comer

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Donor

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery was a game changer for our family. It was through this ministry that our son-in-law found Christ, was set free from his addiction to opioids and was reunited with his wife. So thankful for S2L Recovery!

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Donor

Rating: 5

S2L Recovery truly cares about the men God has put in front of them. They are not clients but rather brothers going through the same things that God has brought them out of.