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About The Principle Approach – The Keys to Recovery

Rev. Dr. David Sutton is the Director of Programs and Facilities at The Salvation Army’s “Center of Hope” in Sarasota. This facility is home to 150 clients in Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs. In addition to this the needs of another 150 homeless are met on a daily basis. The facility serves 600 to 700 meals daily year round. This facility was awarded the Agency of the Year Award for 2010.

He developed an Alcohol and Drug Program in the Sarasota County Jail in 2009. This has provided rehabilitation services to both men and women inmates expressing a desire to change their lives. There are 48 beds for men and 32 beds for women with both having a waiting list of inmates wanting to come in. This program facilitated by over 100 volunteers provides everything from, Understanding Addictions to Exit Planning.

In 2011 David added a jail exit program called the 601 Release Program. The design is to meet the immediate needs of those who have completed their sentence and have no where to go. David is spearheading a new Street Teams Program for the Homeless, designed to break the cycle of homelessness. This is scheduled to open in September of 2011. He was awarded the Visionary Award for excellence in program development in February of 2011.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sarasota Ministerial Association. He is the founding Chair of both the “Manatee County Homeless Coalition” and “The Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program”. In addition he served as Director on the “Drug Free Communities” board for five years; was awarded the Keys to the City of Bradenton in 1995. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant.

David has served as a pastor since 1985. He has been a licensed and ordained minister for 25 years, holds a PhD in Psychology and has been Clean and Sober for over 30 years. David been an addictions counselor for 25 years; trained addictions counselors (CAP) for 2 years, and has trained ministers for 10 years.

Having served as a Contemporary Worship Leader for many years David has a great love for music. In 1993 along with many friends and his sponsor Brad Caswell David moved back to the country genre and started “The Country Gospel Jamboree”. This became somewhat of a landmark in West Central Florida with a concert the first Saturday of every month. It ran for 17 years and 200 performances, with the final farewell concert in June of 2010.

David conducts classes and training every week at The Center of Hope and in the Sarasota County Jail, has taught public speaking and is a sought after speaker in conferences and churches. His teaching on Developing a Successful Prayer Life is formulated out of his own passion for the Lord and 30 years of personal prayer experience.

Whatever addiction you are fighting you can win if you learn the tools necessary to fight back.Most people wind up addicted because they don’t understand how to live by healthy principles. That’s why the main objective of this program is to show you that principles are the Keys to making lasting and effective changes in your life through a recovery program based on principle not opinion.

You will need to change your lifestyle to stay free. The best way to achieve this goal is by working a program that includes a step process that includes learning and adhering to some basic life principles.
The principles associated with the 12 Steps are the keys to making permanent changes and safeguarding you from falling back into old behaviors.

This approach is based on 25 years of teaching in treatment programs and jails, as well as training ministers and certified addictions counselors over more than two decades.

I have spent more than 30 years participating in the meetings of different recovery fellowships, which has exposed me to hundreds of thousands of individuals working to break the cycle of addictions. With this experience behind me, I can assure you that the approach outlined in this website works if you work it.

- Dr. David Sutton PhD.
Author, The Principle Approach