Our Mission and Core Principles

All activities of St. Ephraim Center are guided by our mission statement and core principles.

Mission Statement

To support and strengthen the Orthodox Church through education and effective, Christ-centered addictions treatment for Orthodox clergy and laity.

Core Principles

  • Christ must be the center of everything we do, and all healing is possible only through Him.
  • All services we provide are fully rooted in the Orthodox faith and its Tradition.
  • The Church on Earth is greatly affected by the health and spiritual wellness of her clergy, who are both her leaders and her servants.
  • Orthodox Christians have specific spiritual, pastoral, and cultural concerns that must be addressed if addictions treatment is to be effective. Orthodox clergy, in particular, benefit greatly from being in a treatment community of peers who understand their specific life contexts, stressors, needs, and experiences.
  • Transformative healing from addiction emerges from integrative treatment that includes conscientious attention to spiritual, psychological, and biochemical needs.
  • Addiction is a disease of the whole person—in and of itself, not a sin or a moral failing—and should be spoken of openly without stigma, shame, or fear.
  • Our treatment methods are based on consistency with the Orthodox faith and proven effectiveness, and include pastoral counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, nutritional therapy, psycho-education, and the 12-step program.
  • Pornography is the fastest growing addiction in the U.S., and — similar to other process addictions such as gambling — is characterized by brain chemistry, behaviors, and treatment needs similar to those of substance dependence and abuse.
  • The Church requires accurate knowledge if it is to respond effectively to addictions among its clergy and laity.

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