About NewDay

The Need

Drug and alcohol addiction is an intense problem and a growing epidemic across the country and around the world. The plight of addiction is highlighted nearly every day in the news media and a priority topic for politicians. Those directly affected by addiction represent one of the largest people groups in the world. 

  • Indiana is one of the top 5 states for fastest growing rate of drug overdose deaths
  • A recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey estimated that more than 900,000 Indiana residents qualify each year for an inpatient drug/alcohol treatment program each year.  Despite this, Indiana has just 34 residential treatment centers with only 930 beds, all of which are secular
  • If the addicted population—of about 30 million—were a state, it would be the 2nd largest state in the United States, just behind California
  • Over 15% of Americans’ qualify for drug/alcohol treatment each year
  • Among teens, more than 20% regularly use illegal drugs  
  • Nearly 50% of the US population has someone with a chemical addiction in their immediate family
  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014
  • There are 17,000 alcohol-related deaths in America each year and 3.3 million worldwide
  • Studies reveal that the “church attending” population experience addiction at the same rate as the population at large 
  • Virtually all Christian programs are long-term residential programs that do not have a medical component and are impractical for those that are unable to leave home for an extended period
  • Many with chemical addiction problems also have legal issues that require them to participate in certified/licensed programs.  Additionally, there are many physical issues that drive the need for medical care.
  • Most churches are under-prepared to respond effectively to chemical addiction and refer people to secular programs, which are filled with non-Christian philosophies and instruction.


The seeds of NewDay were first planted in the late 1990’s when Dan Johnson taught through the book of Exodus in his church. As a result, numerous people sought Dan’s help in confronting their addictive habits.  In time, his burden grew for both individuals caught in addiction and their families. Eventually, NewDay was birthed.

Since its beginning, NewDay has provided counseling to nearly 1,000 individuals and families, become the referral choice of numerous churches, developed a highly effective recovery curriculum, church training curriculum, and published several books.

In the summer of 2017, NewDay moved into a state of the art 35,000 square foot medical facility located on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The NewDay Center will serve as a hub for addiction treatment programs, counseling and medical services with connections to a residential facility in Indianapolis. 

At NewDay, we produce and provide faith-based addiction solutions and strive to be a global leader in faith-based addiction services.


We value God’s truth because it directs us to genuine freedom (“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32b)

We value grace because it motivates us to treat people with dignity and worth (“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16)

We value hope because it inspires us to follow God toward a brighter future (“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10)

What We Believe

We believe that God is holy, infinite, eternal, and loving.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. 

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but chose to rebel against God. As a result, all men are sinners and unable to reach or relate with God on their own.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God whose death burial and resurrection make it possible for people to be forgiven of sin by grace alone, through faith alone in Him, and that the power of Jesus Christ is greater than the power of any addiction. 

We believe that the Holy Spirit lives within all believers in Jesus Christ – the children of God – and guides them into truth and convicts them of sin.

We believe that God’s will is for an individual to not only achieve sobriety, but to grow in a positive and purposeful relationship with Him by living a lifestyle in which the lure to return to sins of an addictive nature is fading.

Principles of Freedom

NewDay's Principles of Freedom provide a framework for a steady and encouraging journey to freedom from addiction.
  1. I will face the reality of my addiction with a real desire to change.

  2. I will cry out to God, because He alone can lead me out of my bondage.

  3. I will accept the bondage-breaking power of forgiveness made available to me through Christ.

  4. I will fill my emptiness and desires with supplies from God instead of with the habits of my addiction.

  5. I will gain strength by patiently waiting upon God when progress seems slow and giving up seems easy.

  6. I will develop a truth-based relationship with God.

  7. I will seek to restore broken relationships and build positive ones.

  8. I will choose to follow God courageously from a life once focused on where I was to a life now focused on where God is leading me.

  9. I will learn to use the story of my life as a source of personal motivation and encouragement to others.

  10. I will discover strategies to overcome unexpected temptations.

  11. I will identify places and people who I can turn to for help when I am weak.

  12. I will determine to devote the rest of my life to the fulfillment of God's ultimate purpose for my life.


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