I need your help. The desire of my heart is to support and encourage you and your family in recovery. I know there are a lot of voices out there talking about addiction and recovery. Who’s speaking to your family? What are they saying?
You can help them by following and referring them to this blog.
As an addiction professional, I have heard hundreds of family members say, “I don’t understand the recovery process.” or “How long will they have to attend those meetings?” I asked myself the same questions—I am the parent of a recovering addict. Active addiction creates a mess, both for the addict and the family. Families need help, too.
My loved one’s drug addiction led me to accept my powerlessness over “workaholic” behavior. My acceptance led me to work the 12 steps of recovery while my son worked his. Our individual recoveries culminated in the restoration of our family.
By acknowledging my powerlessness over my own life-controlling struggles I was free to be the husband and father God intended.
I’ve learned some things about living with an addict. I’ve also learned a thing or two about handling my own behavioral addiction. But more importantly, I’ve experienced the joy of recovery as a family unit.
The basic premise of Recovery Church is:
(1) Recovery is for everyone – Create a family-oriented community based on the principles and processes of 12 step recovery. My personal observation is people get better when they use the steps to address their life-controlling struggles: addiction, divorce, financial catastrophe, depression, etc. I believe the 12 steps will improve your life.
(2) Recovery for the family – Provide an environment where families can recover together. Typically families are not included; the addicted go to their meetings and their families are left to figure it out on their own. When a person is in 12 step recovery, the family often doesn’t understand the recovery process and has difficulty being supportive.
I have experienced the confusion left in the wake of an addicted loved one.
I would love to meet your family and assist their recovery, whether they follow us online or visit us in the Tampa Bay area
Life is too hard to do alone, let’s do it together.