Alcohol and the Church pt. 2

There has been a geographic divide as well as denomination divide on alcohol use in the church. Evangelicals in our northern states have generally been seen as moderates on the subject with Evangelicals in the south being abstentionists. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Seth Haines’ book, Coming Clean: a Story of Faith has been well received, earning an Award of Merit in the Spiritual Formation category from Christianity Today. Seth...

The disease of addiction

“It’s common for a person to relapse, but relapse doesn’t mean that treatment doesn’t work. As with other chronic health conditions, treatment should be ongoing and should be adjusted based on how the patient responds. Treatment plans need to be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.” Understanding drug use and addiction We are not a treatment center. Our sign says Adult Rehabilitation Center.   Our goal...

When our Redemption Stories Get Loud

Tuesday night is our Celebrate Recovery meeting. We start with an hour of singing and either a lesson or someone sharing their story. The lessons are the 8 CR principles which correspond to the 12 steps. It’s usually my time with the guys. I try to have some short videos playing before the meeting starts. It gets them in the chapel sooner because often the videos are humorous and we all...

Relapse and Redemption

You’ve heard deaths from drug overdose are rising at alarming rates. These are our statistics. This is our county. The sad reality of recovery is that even those who’ve experienced a year or more of sobriety relapse and sometimes, it’s fatal. *Scott finished the program and left on his own. He came back earlier this year when a good friend of his, another graduate, was beaten to death in an...

Redemption Stories – Recovering in silence

Even the deaf use words. John signs as he uses his voice to speak to me because he really does talk with his hands. While I need the spoken word to understand, his comfort is forming the words with his fingers. I thought John had been using sign language most of his life. At 18 months old he was sick with a fever that spiked so high it made him...

They don’t look like addicts {Redemption Stories}

When we were kids there was the boogie man. I wasn’t sure what he looked like but I knew it was scary. Left to my imagination, he would have been shrouded in dark shadows, hunched over with a wicked smile. Maybe a little like Ebenezer Scrooge. For years I thought addicts looked like dead-eyed men, swaying on their feet in front of convenience stores asking for change. Their clothes were...

Redemption Stories {Randall}

Randall comes from a line of artists. His grandfather designed Dugan glass, his oldest son teaches art at a university in the midwest and he is a floral designer. He also curates our silent art auctions, decorates our facility for every holiday including 7 Christmas trees, the Advent table and every holiday in between. Randall is my right hand. He’s also an alcoholic. It wasn’t Randall’s decision to walk through...

Recovery High {Redemption Stories}

Sean looked tired yesterday morning as he sat in his spot in the chapel. We are such creatures of habit. We sit in the same place while we are trying to build new habits into our lives. It was early. The chapel was almost empty. I walked over to give him a hug and ask if he was tired and he mouthed “bad day”. There are some things that happen...

Celebrate {Redemption Stories}

Old ways won’t work anymore. New ways are taught and shown. Having fun in recovery is as important as any other aspect. Whether you’re recovering from addiction, alcoholism or the wrongs you can never get right, tt’s about living this life the rest of our life. So we celebrate. Every day is a celebration of God’s redemption. We are part of His story. SaveSave...