by Sam Shoemaker
(from the Oxford Group)

I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world, it is the door through which men walk when they find God. There is no use my going way inside and staying there, when so many are still outside and they, as much as I, crave to know where the door is.

And all that so many ever find is only the wall where the door ought to be. They creep along the wall like blind men, With outstretched, groping hands, feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, yet they never find it. So I stand by the door.


NEW CLASS FOR NEW YEAR: Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00am to 2:30pm

Alpha Ministries @ Freedom Ranch

11655 US Hwy 441 SE

Okeechobee, FL 34974

“Pharmacology One”

Students will develop a working knowledge legal and regulatory issues involving drug use and and mis-use, and abuse while gaining insight into the complexities facing health care, recovery and law enforcement professionals. A basic overview of the biochemistry of the brain and nervous system will be provided in simplified form so that each student, regardless of educational background, can understand how drugs work to alter these systems. While all drugs of abuse will be discussed, much emphasis will be placed on the rapidly growing problem of prescription drug abuse, what is motivating that abuse, and the cultural and socio-economic consequences that follow. Although the course is designed primarily for the recovery professional, anyone interested in the problems of drug abuse and recovery is encouraged to attend.  (5ceu's)

This class will be taught by a licensed Pharmacist Tom Benbow.

(See “Courses” for more information)  Please preregister so we may plan appropriately for refreshments and materials.  See Payments and Donations or call the office at 863-763-9800.  See below for address and directions.


Alpha Center for Training (ACT) are offered in a  five (5) hour format.  Classes will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, located at Alpha Ministries.

Classes open to the public for a $15 dollar donation. Instructional material may be purchased for an additional $5 if desired.
Participants desiring to pursue a diploma from (ACT), (for more information click on Diploma track page above) as a Faith Based Recovery Support Counselor (FBRSC) or earning CEU’s for the Florida Certification Board will receive 5 hours of credit for $35, instructional material is included.  A sack lunch is available for $5.00 donation or you can bring your own lunch. 


The Alpha Center for Training (ACT) will provide training for all who are engaged in helping others to recover from substance use disorders by addressing the role of spirituality in recovery.

Courses will teach accurate clinical information and the effective use of the 12 Step model for personal application of the gospel. They are designed to empower the learner to communicate true spirituality, based on the authentic faith that is needed for recovery versus religiosity, based on the toxic faith that so often hinders recovery.


Alpha Center Graduate Testimony

September 11, 2015

12 Signs of Spiritual Awakening

May 14, 2015

Life on Life Terms

February 28, 2015


Our Okeechobee location is also available and perfect for day long seminars held in a serene setting of natural beauty. We host retreats on a variety of topics but always include the role of spirituality recovery. For those working in treatment or recovery support programs we offer training seminars (with CEU’s) and retreats geared toward personal renewal for staff.

Ample time is provided for networking and fellowship in a retreat atmosphere of recreation and relaxation. All such activities are based on a genuine love and respect for the individuals involved to enhance their own personal recovery with a time of rest as well as education. Please call the office 863-763-9800 for more information.

• ACT will continue to train others in the effective use of the gospel for power in the recovery process.

• ACT will continue to provide leadership training to treatment programs, half-way and transitional housing, and individual and group counseling and recovery support personnel.

• ACT will continue to develop curriculum and resources for those desiring a faith based approach to recovery.

• ACT will continue to provide quality education as a Level A provider of CEU’s for the Florida Certification Board.

• ACT will be an acknowledged resource in the recovery, faith, public and professional communities for quality instruction in the use of the 12 Step model and spiritual technologies.

• ACT will network to find common ground and collaboration to enhance the service delivery system in the Treasure Coast, Okeechobee and the Palm Beaches.

• ACT will begin to offer training through online classes.

• ACT will provide spiritual renewal and support for training by offering a retreat location and activities.


Directions to Alpha Ministries, Inc.

11655 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974

Classes in Okeechobee, FL