Christian Recovery…Be Sober AND Happy!

OK, here’s a secret, a secret that people in the recovery business don’t necessarily want you to know. Getting over addiction doesn’t guarantee happiness. It probably means a lot less pain when you can leave abuse behind, but a lack of pain does not necessarily equate to happiness, and deep down, bottom line and big picture, that’s the only thing that’s really important.

Now, that doesn’t mean that you are not going to be happy after you quit drinking or drugging, it’s just not a guarantee.

Christian Recovery

Now if you don’t believe in God, Christian recovery doesn’t offer you much, obviously. If you do believe in God though, the Christian method of recovery may have some advantages over secular forms of treatment. I’m not sure that long term success rates are all that different between Christian recovery and secular recovery, but if you change things around a bit, and define success as happiness, I think Christians in recovery win hands down. Some people can stay sober through sheer determination – through grit – and some of these people can even stay sober like this for ever. But man oh man…this takes work! It wears you down, and maintaining such constant vigilance drains the life out of you and it’s pretty hard to be truly happy when you’re just so tired.

Now by contrast, in Christian recovery, one of the fundamental principles to grasp is that you don’t have the strength alone to get better, only God does. Let go and let God! Once you can trust in God, feel His grace and believe that He will show you the path, you no longer have to worry every minute of the day about staying sober…God’s on the job! And this letting go, this makes it a whole lot easier to start really enjoying your life of sobriety.

That’s not all too. Christian recovery is an exercise in humility, real humility before Christ. Although going through addiction is a pretty tough way to find humility, let me tell you that once you do, and once you feel your relationship with Christ flourish through your newfound humility…whatever you went through before was worth it! We also relearn the power and beauty of prayer through recovery, and that feels pretty good too. No recovery is easy, but once you can put your trust in Christ, you’ll feel better, you’ll feel His Grace and His strength, and it won’t feel so hard anymore. You may be able to recover through a secular rehab, but if you want Christian happiness, walk the Christian 12 steps, and rediscover how sweet life can be.

OK, here’s a secret, a secret that people in the recovery business don’t necessarily want you to know. Getting over addiction doesn’t guarantee happiness. It probably means a lot less pain when you can leave abuse behind, but a lack of pain does not necessarily equate to happiness, and deep down, bottom line and big picture, that’s the only thing that’s really important.

Now, that doesn’t mean that you are not going to be happy after you quit drinking or drugging, it’s just not a guarantee.

Christian Recovery

Now if you don’t believe in God, Christian recovery doesn’t offer you much, obviously. If you do believe in God though, the Christian method of recovery may have some advantages over secular forms of treatment. I’m not sure that long term success rates are all that different between Christian recovery and secular recovery, but if you change things around a bit, and define success as happiness, I think Christians in recovery win hands down. Some people can stay sober through sheer determination – through grit – and some of these people can even stay sober like this for ever. But man oh man…this takes work! It wears you down, and maintaining such constant vigilance drains the life out of you and it’s pretty hard to be truly happy when you’re just so tired.

Now by contrast, in Christian recovery, one of the fundamental principles to grasp is that you don’t have the strength alone to get better, only God does. Let go and let God! Once you can trust in God, feel His grace and believe that He will show you the path, you no longer have to worry every minute of the day about staying sober…God’s on the job! And this letting go, this makes it a whole lot easier to start really enjoying your life of sobriety.

That’s not all too. Christian recovery is an exercise in humility, real humility before Christ. Although going through addiction is a pretty tough way to find humility, let me tell you that once you do, and once you feel your relationship with Christ flourish through your newfound humility…whatever you went through before was worth it! We also relearn the power and beauty of prayer through recovery, and that feels pretty good too. No recovery is easy, but once you can put your trust in Christ, you’ll feel better, you’ll feel His Grace and His strength, and it won’t feel so hard anymore. You may be able to recover through a secular rehab, but if you want Christian happiness, walk the Christian 12 steps, and rediscover how sweet life can be.

The Christian 12 Steps

The founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous wanted to reduce any barriers to entry into their lifesaving spiritual program; and so although devout Christians, these men decided to organize their recovery group as a spiritual but secular recovery organization. Which considering the religious climate of the time, was a remarkably inclusive and modern act of forethought; and has allowed millions of non Christians to benefit from an organization of hope, guidance and sobriety.

Pray to Jesus

But although the terms God or Jesus are replaced with higher power, the philosophies and Faith based teachings are all very Christian in nature, and AA does mandate a belief in a higher power to follow the 12 steps to recovery. Because the roots and philosophies are so closely linked to Christianity and a belief in God, the use of AA in Christian rehab programs is not much of a stretch; and when used in a Christian facility, instead of praying to a higher power, prayer is directed as a group towards a Christian God and to Jesus Christ. Because a Christian recovery group prays to the same God, recovering drug and alcohol addicts can unite in prayer together, enjoy stories of faith and spiritual recovery through God’s will, and use bible readings and scripture study for discussion and meditation within the programming and meetings of a Christian 12 steps group.

To truly follow the 12 steps, you need to accept God into your heart, you need to pray to God to make you a better person by removing some of your weaknesses and shortcomings; and you need to look and pray to God for spiritual guidance, enabling you to live a better and meaningful life of sobriety. AA can’t work without an acceptance of powerlessness, and since prayer remains essential to recovery, it makes sense for Christian men and women to unite together in groups where that prayer is unified and directed at a shared God and with a shared Faith.

Christian 12 steps meetings are meaningful to the faithful

Christian 12 steps recovery groups take what’s effective about the AA program and make it more meaningful by teaching the lessons of the Christian Faith and adding the true lessons of the Bible into the recovery matrix. I remain active in the AA support group I started in all those years ago, but I also enjoy an occasional meeting with fellow Christian addicts in recovery within my Church community.

There is something elemental and profound about joining together and seeking spiritual guidance towards betterment with others who share a similar belief and conviction, and although I’m grateful for the fellowship of my original AA group, I do appreciate joining with fellow Christians for group prayers to Jesus Christ in our communal battle for sobriety. You can find Christian 12 steps groups through most churches and Christian community groups, and Christian rehabs generally use the 12 Christian steps as a part of their recovery programming.

The 12 steps of AA don’t work for everyone, but they do work for many, and AA has saved many millions of lives since its inception. For Christians, combining what’s great about AA with a true expression of your Faith makes it more powerful, more relevant, and I believe better able to offer success and sobriety. I encourage all Christians in recovery to join a Christian 12 steps meeting, and enjoy Christian fellowship and shared recovery through Jesus Christ.

The founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous wanted to reduce any barriers to entry into their lifesaving spiritual program; and so although devout Christians, these men decided to organize their recovery group as a spiritual but secular recovery organization. Which considering the religious climate of the time, was a remarkably inclusive and modern act of forethought; and has allowed millions of non Christians to benefit from an organization of hope, guidance and sobriety.

Pray to Jesus

But although the terms God or Jesus are replaced with higher power, the philosophies and Faith based teachings are all very Christian in nature, and AA does mandate a belief in a higher power to follow the 12 steps to recovery. Because the roots and philosophies are so closely linked to Christianity and a belief in God, the use of AA in Christian rehab programs is not much of a stretch; and when used in a Christian facility, instead of praying to a higher power, prayer is directed as a group towards a Christian God and to Jesus Christ. Because a Christian recovery group prays to the same God, recovering drug and alcohol addicts can unite in prayer together, enjoy stories of faith and spiritual recovery through God’s will, and use bible readings and scripture study for discussion and meditation within the programming and meetings of a Christian 12 steps group.

To truly follow the 12 steps, you need to accept God into your heart, you need to pray to God to make you a better person by removing some of your weaknesses and shortcomings; and you need to look and pray to God for spiritual guidance, enabling you to live a better and meaningful life of sobriety. AA can’t work without an acceptance of powerlessness, and since prayer remains essential to recovery, it makes sense for Christian men and women to unite together in groups where that prayer is unified and directed at a shared God and with a shared Faith.

Christian 12 steps meetings are meaningful to the faithful

Christian 12 steps recovery groups take what’s effective about the AA program and make it more meaningful by teaching the lessons of the Christian Faith and adding the true lessons of the Bible into the recovery matrix. I remain active in the AA support group I started in all those years ago, but I also enjoy an occasional meeting with fellow Christian addicts in recovery within my Church community.

There is something elemental and profound about joining together and seeking spiritual guidance towards betterment with others who share a similar belief and conviction, and although I’m grateful for the fellowship of my original AA group, I do appreciate joining with fellow Christians for group prayers to Jesus Christ in our communal battle for sobriety. You can find Christian 12 steps groups through most churches and Christian community groups, and Christian rehabs generally use the 12 Christian steps as a part of their recovery programming.

The 12 steps of AA don’t work for everyone, but they do work for many, and AA has saved many millions of lives since its inception. For Christians, combining what’s great about AA with a true expression of your Faith makes it more powerful, more relevant, and I believe better able to offer success and sobriety. I encourage all Christians in recovery to join a Christian 12 steps meeting, and enjoy Christian fellowship and shared recovery through Jesus Christ.