What is addiction?
The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction, or Substance Use Disorder, here. Of course, anyone can put their spin on the legal definition, but that would just be someone’s own opinion on the matter.
Am I an addict?
Various institutions and organizations have published quizzes over the years allowing web surfers to answer questions leading to an understanding of their condition. For example, after describing an experience where he lost consciousness in the desert, one alcoholic admonished, “if you’ve ever gotten a sunburn on the roof of your mouth, you might be an alcoholic.” The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous gives a straightforward, two-part question in the first paragraph of the fourth chapter. Finding a copy of that book and taking that test can be extremely rewarding. If you are wondering whether or not you have an addiction, you can ask yourself this: have you ever wondered whether or not you’re an astronaut?
Will you call my family member and talk with them?
No. Life Recovery does not currently perform professional intervention services. Each person who wishes to find miraculous healing through the 12 Steps must do so of their own volition. Addiction is not an acute disease like an infection that a quick dose of antibiotics can cure. Addiction is a chronic disease, much more similar to diabetes, and requires intense participation on the part of the addict to find recovery.
What are the differences between Life Recovery and Celebrate Recovery (CR) or Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 when Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith met in Akron, Ohio. Bill used the knowledge he had gained from an old friend, Ebby Thatcher, who had overcome his addiction through the Oxford Group. Bill Wilson went on to pen the lion’s share of “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the basic text forming the heart of the program (aka “The Big Book”). AA’s 12 steps focused on reconnecting with God and allowing Him to cause a miraculous recovery in a great multitude of seemingly hopeless alcoholics. Over the last 85-plus years, the fellowship of AA has drifted away from the original “God-centered” program, and the decline in recovery rates within AA has shown how well this divergence has worked.
Celebrate Recovery was founded in 1991 by John Baker, a member of Saddleback Church in California. CR essentially “re-tooled” the AA 12 steps into eight condensed steps covering the same information. Seven of those steps were associated directly with verses from the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:3-12). CR requires that groups using this name hold close to a standardized format. They may not use resources outside of the Bible and authorized Celebrate Recovery curriculum materials. Group facilitators must receive training from CR and agree to a list of expectations, including standardized guidelines, at each meeting.
Life Recovery of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was founded in 2017 by Bill and Dean Jackson with one goal in mind: to help addicts in our area overcome the bondage of slavery that comes from powerlessness over substances. We want to bring Christ-centered 12-step recovery to our community but with a slightly less structured meeting environment than CR requires. Our meetings are shorter (typically just an hour-long versus the 90 minutes to 2-hour sessions at CR) and more similar to AA in their format. In creating this program, we learned about New Life Ministries and their program materials with the same name as our organization. While our organizations are unrelated, we do use their materials in our meetings. Having Christ at the center of the 12 steps is crucial to helping people who need a miraculous recovery from their addictions.
Please note: Life Recovery of Mount Juliet is not associated with New Life Ministries, and the use of the name denotes a common goal, not a corporate partnership.