Christian Alcohol Recovery Programs
A 12-step program, which bases itself on the approach pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, but ensures that Christian beliefs are at the core of the approach, is often adopted as part of a recovery process.
In this, the individuals go through each of the following stages:
- They admit that they were powerless over alcohol—that their lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn their will and their lives over to the care of God.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves.
- Admitted to God, to themselves, and to another human being the exact nature of their wrongs.
- They are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove their shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons they had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when they were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve their conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for them and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, they tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all their affairs.
Christian recovery centers, through the specificity of their approach, also incorporate methods that include one-on-one, group and pastoral support and bible-centered discussions, church attendance, as well as educational discussion on the issues surrounding addiction. The role of the Christian faith as a central tool towards recovery is emphasized at all times and the individual is invited to embrace Christianity as a permanent way of life.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
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