Faith Based Addiction Recovery

Affordable residential treatment for men recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction.


Addicts Helped


Family Members Brought Closer


Lives Touched

Fresh Start is a year-long, residential, faith-based substance abuse program for men.

Located in Orlando, Fresh Start Ministries of Central Florida provides affordable residential treatment for men recovering from life controlling problems, most typically substance abuse, through transitional housing and comprehensive educational and support services.

The program is designed to help men struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, have an organized opportunity to get the help he needs while still continuing to work his job and support his family.

Fresh Start Ministries began helping men in the Central Florida area in June of 1986. Fresh Start enables men to recover from their addiction through a safe and secure environment, classes, support groups, and biblical counseling.

The program begins with intervention by confronting individuals with their dysfunctions and their impact on their life. From their, using principles of accountability and spirituality, the men are introduced to positive role models who help to redirect their life physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Fresh Start provides an atmosphere of discipline, using Christ-centered principles, support and a sensible knowledge of addiction recovery.

By providing a strong biblical foundation and support in a family-like environment, the men are taught communication and relational skills, strong individual and family values, and the foundation of the Christian life, thereby strengthening their moral and social values. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, Fresh Start Ministries’ guiding philosophy is “Recovery and Restoration through Jesus”.

The Fresh Start program allows men to work during the day and attend their 12-Step classes every evening. Each man must be back on property by 6pm, have dinner, and after dinner he’ll have classes, counseling and bible study. The program is broken into phases that walk through the various steps toward total healing.

Initially, Phase 1 focuses all on drug and alcohol information, signs & symptoms to look for when you’re on a build up to use, triggers, relapse prevention techniques, and more.

The next phases are more “tailored” to the individual. The client & his counselor establish a treatment plan that deals specifically with issues that are important to him. Issues like anger management, self-esteem, communication, relationships, and unforgiveness.

Phase 2 is very introspective and gets to the core of inner healing within the individual helping them to understand how they are personally wired and why they continually engage in behavior that has negative consequences.

Phase 3 is about building a deeper spiritual base and turning their current relationship with Christ into something more personal and resilient.

Phase 4, the final phase, is geared toward aftercare and teaching the men how to operate outside of and after treatment and what the necessary continued steps they will need to follow to maintain their sobriety and have continued success in recovery, family, work, and life.

I have barely even begun the rest of my life but thanks to Fresh Start and the dedicated staff I have everything I need to make the most out of the rest of my life, and every reason to do just that.

Logan F.Graduate

Fresh Start taught me there are people who care and through Jesus and hard work my life could return.

Jason F.Graduate

I have never seen or felt change like I have until FSM became a part of my life. I am more calm, blessed, grateful, and thankful. I no longer make plans for myself or by myself. I always include the Lord in everything I do.

Bert S.Graduate

When I first got here I was in denial. I knew I was at rock bottom facing multiple felonies but it hadn’t quite sunk in. I knew I needed help but I felt I still wasn’t completely out of options. That all changed when I sat in orientation class saddled with guilt and repressed anger and self-pity. At that point I broke down from the shame I was carrying around for so long. I had an awakening. I realized just how bad I had screwed things up in my life and that it was going to take an act of God to save me. Fortunately He put me in the right place at the right time.

Shalom A.Graduate

Before coming to Fresh Start I spent most of my life searching for peace, comfort, and acceptance in life. I self-medicated and tried to be someone I wasn’t. I finally got to a place where I was tired of self-condemnation, self-pity, suicidal thoughts, and not wanting to go on. I was completely broken, I hated myself. So I really cried out to God for help and He gave it to me by pointing me in the direction of Fresh Start.

Will C.Graduate

In August of 2018, alcoholism almost took my life having received 2 DUI’s within a 10 day period, in two different states. I began to embrace Suicidal Idealization that resulted in being committed involuntarily under the Stewart Marchman Act. While at Fresh Start, I learned of God’s love for me in the person of Jesus Christ, and can now call him friend, Lord and Savior. I have been set free from the barbed wire of addiction and am now free to be his disciple thanks to the contribution and commitment of Fresh Start Ministries.

Dave N.Graduate

I slowly pushed through the much and mire of my brokenness. The battle was tough and tiring, but God and this place equipped me with armor and tools to fight the enemy and my flesh. I finally realized that my life had a real purpose.

Will C.Graduate

God transformed me to someone whom has empathy for my brothers. I am now a person who looks to give instead of take. I give back to the new brothers. God used Fresh Start to change my life. He provided a safe environment that allowed me to come to terms with my issues.

Shalom A.Graduate

After a year of soul searching I can confidently say I know who I am and what my purpose is. Fresh Start was not easy, but I wouldn’t be standing here today without Fresh Start and its staff

Logan F.Graduate