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The Story of Bill W. and the Foundation of AA

March 12th, 2018

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William Griffith Wilson, also known as Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous alongside Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith. While most people in the recovery community know his name, not very many people today know the whole story behind his personal struggles, AA’s founding, the Twelve Steps formation, or the Big Book’s publication.

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What is God’s Plan for Me?

March 6th, 2018

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Addiction recovery is never an easy task, even for those who are devoted to getting sober. People in early stages of recovery usually feel a wide range of emotions, like guilt, regret, and fear. This is especially true for Christians in recovery who think that they’ve fallen out of God’s good graces.

If you are a Christian in recovery, you may feel weighted down by the wrongs you committed in addiction. You may even feel as though you’re no longer worthy of God’s love because of your sins. However, it’s important to remember that addiction by its very nature is a disease of the mind and body— and disease is not a sin. God has a plan for everyone, even those in recovery. By rekindling your connection with a higher power in your recovery, you can gain a better understanding of what God’s plan is for you.

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Coping with Tragedy in Addiction Recovery

February 26th, 2018

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Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. —    1 John 3:2


Life is unpredictable, our future is secure in Christ, but this doesn’t exclude Christians from the pain of a tragedy like losing a loved one. Grieving is a normal and healthy response to the death of someone close to you, but the pain that comes with it may feel like a severe and irreparable emotional blow. For mourners in addiction recovery, the trauma that comes with this kind of tragedy has the potential to trigger a relapse. However, it’s possible to deal with unexpectedly losing a loved one during addiction recovery without relapsing. It’s challenging, but it is possible. Here are a few guidelines that can prevent Christians in recovery from relapsing during the five stages of grief.

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Pope Francis Calls Addiction a ‘New Form of Slavery’ in 2016 Workshop on Narcotics

February 19th, 2018

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One of the most important things to remember about addiction is that no one develops it by choice. As Pope Francis aptly put it back in November of 2016, drug addiction is a modern form of slavery that requires adequate rehabilitation to restore victims’ happiness, dignity, and lives.

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Words of Wisdom from Religious Figures, Philosophers, and Historical Figures

February 13th, 2018

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Addiction recovery is a long, difficult journey that requires an abundance of support and autonomy. Unfortunately, a lot of people on the mend from drug or alcohol addiction don’t have a strong enough sense of self-confidence or discipline to make progress during the early stages of recovery following treatment. Thankfully, there are many ways for people in recovery to successfully combat feelings of self-doubt to strengthen their sobriety. One way is by taking inspirational words of wisdom to heart. Throughout our history, a number of influential figures have shared words of wisdom that have become immortalized into universal truths. Many of them easily apply to addiction recovery, even if that’s not what they were initially intended to do.


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Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

February 5th, 2018

Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic


“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” — Luke 22:19-20

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Churches Across America Take a Stand Against the Opioid Crisis

January 29th, 2018

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At one time, the consumption rates of prescription opioids were overlooked or considered harmless. Today, opioid misuse and addiction have become one of the nation’s most prominent medical crises in history. In fact, opioid overdose has been labeled the leading cause of accidental death in America, surpassing car accidents and gun violence. With the death toll rising, many businesses and non-profit organizations are stepping up to face the opioid crisis head-on. This includes church leaders, many of whom have contributed time, resources, and unconditional support to those affected by the opioid crisis so far.

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What You Should Never Say to a Christian Addict (And What to Say Instead)

January 22nd, 2018

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Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is difficult enough, but it’s even harder when it impacts relationships that share the Christian faith. Christians who develop substance abuse disorders are statistically less likely to seek help for a variety of reasons, and much of it has to do with how their friends and loved ones react to their situation. The way in which we respond to the news of a loved one’s addiction can do as much harm as it can good. With this in mind, there are certain things you should never say to a Christian loved one who is struggling with addiction— and things you should say instead.

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The Roles of Faith and Spirituality in Recovery

January 15th, 2018

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In 2014, roughly 21.5 million people aged 12 and older had a substance abuse disorder. The following year, it jumped to 27.1 million. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the numbers have only increased since then. Many of the individuals who are suffering from substance addiction today don’t receive treatment and are left to struggle. This can be especially difficult for those who are also struggling with their faith and spirituality. As Christians we often feel an obligation to uphold a standard and are ashamed to admit when we need help, delaying when we seek treatment. Addiction recovery is a long and winding road, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. With the right counseling, you can regain your sobriety, your faith, and your spirituality.

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If You Love an Alcoholic

January 8th, 2018

Love, Alcoholism, and Christianity

Statistically, a recorded one in every 12 adults struggles with an alcohol use disorder every year. It’s scary to think that almost all Americans have an alcoholic in their lives. Whether it’s a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or a close friend, someone special in your life could be struggling with alcoholism – and you may not even know it.

Having a loved one with a drinking problem is challenging enough, but how do you handle loving an alcoholic, especially as a Christian? After all, the Bible is clear that addiction is considered a sin; multiple verses assert that imbibing isn’t tolerated in the eyes of God. Still, the love you have for others is often stronger than their sins, so how you handle loving an alcoholic can have a drastic effect on both of your lives.

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