Recovery Community Meetings. The Biblical Basis.

Many of us are aware that Bill and Bob started AA in 1935. Their fellowship originated in a faith-based understanding that those beset by similar problems are best suited to help each other. It wasn't until 1946 and the adoption of the "Traditions" that AA distanced itself from overtly Protestant theology. The objective of this … Continue reading Recovery Community Meetings. The Biblical Basis.

“Dear Abby” Regurgitates Poor Advice

Folks should be aware of the incredibly low success rates held by the D&A counseling profession. It's widely known that treatment, counseling and 12-step programs fail addicts about 65% of the time. Relapse is inevitable. Abstinence doesn't have to define success.

Numbness

Is my numbness and pitiless perception of the homeless addict emblematic of my own addiction to self-satisfaction? Is condemnation helpful? Does incarceration work? When treatment fails, what then?

Wandering or Waiting?

Some of us live with people who struggle.  Relapse, recover ... relapse.  Recover.  Will it ever "stick?" “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Mt. … Continue reading Wandering or Waiting?

Step 4 — Exercises

Step 4 is daunting. "Fearless Spiritual and Moral Inventory." ??? So far as this writer is concerned that inventory should also account "Character Defects" -- because the Moral, Spiritual and Character aspects all have different application -- if you tease out their scriptural meanings. (more on these in a another post perhaps?) What follows is … Continue reading Step 4 — Exercises

Drunkards?

What does scripture mean by calling out drunkards for judgement?  (See 1 Corinthians 5, for instance.) What's it mean to be a drunk.  Or to be a Christian? Does drinking define your life?  If you live for and obsess about your next drink, you're a drunkard.  If you drink despite knowing you'll experience negative consequences, … Continue reading Drunkards?