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Posted: May 24, 2010, 13:02

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Tom McAloon

Founded in 1975, Calvary Ranch is a drug and alcohol program for both men and women aged 18 and over. The program is spiritually based and utilizes life-skills classes and seminars as well as group fellowship and counseling. Clients who enroll in this program must be completely detoxified and not experiencing withdrawal symptoms prior to entry into the program. Women past the fourth month of their pregnancy are not eligible for admittance. The program lasts a minimum of 14 days with a recommended stay of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days.

Founders and co-directors of Calvary Ranch are Pastor Tom and Paulette McAloon. Prior to opening Calvary Ranch, the couple started three Rescue Missions in San Francisco and San Diego in 1972. With this experience they developed the program utilized by Calvary Ranch. The couple lives on site and works with clients as well as providing leadership for other staff. Calvary Ranch is licensed by the State of California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and employs certified substance abuse counselors.

The highly faith-based program utilizes three components, seeking and accepting God's support and guidance, developing discipline through daily chore routines and seminars, and interacting with and supporting fellow residents through fellowship. Both men and women are accepted to Calvary Ranch, but participate in separate programs with no contact between the two gender groups.

As part of the recovery process, residents are highly encouraged to attend church services, but not required. Family members and other visitors are also encouraged to attend services to assist and support in the recovery process.

[This information came from the Calvary Ranch website.]


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