Addiction

The WAY to Recovery

A Biblical Introduction to the 12 Steps:

Step 1: We admit we are powerless over _?_ and our lives have become unmanageable. (Matthew 9:35-38, Psalm 44:15-16)

Step 2: Come to believe that only through the power of GOD can we restore our sanity. (John 12:44-46, Psalm 142:1-3)

Step 3: Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. (Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 16:24-26)

Step 4: Make a fearless and searching moral inventory of our lives. (Romans 13:11b-14, Galatians 6:3-5)

Step 5: Admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being our wrongs. (1 John 1:8-10, James 5:16)

Step 6: We must be ready to have God remove all defects of character. (Romans 6:11-12, Colossians 3:5-10)

Step 7: Humbly asked God to remove all these shortcomings. (Acts 2:37-38, Hebrews 12:4-13)

Step 8: Make a list of the persons we have harmed and be willing to make amends. (Luke 19:8, 1 Corinthians 13)

Step 9: Make amends to such people when possible, except when doing so would cause harm. (Matthew 5:9, Philippians 1:9-11)

Step 10: Continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admit it. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22, Hebrews 2:1-3a)

Step 11: Seek, through prayer and study, to improve a relationship with God, through knowing and carrying out His Will. (Galatians 2:20, Philippians 4:8-9)

Step 12: Having improved my relationship with God, take this message to others. (1 Timothy 1:12-13a, Psalm 96:1-6)

The WAY to Recovery, a support group for individuals who struggle with addictions and addictive behaviors, will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairview Heights Church of Christ. Each Thursday evening group session will last approximately 1Ĺ hours and will allow individuals to share their emotions, their struggles, and their success as they deal with their recovery.

The WAY to Recovery is a unique 12-step support group that has an abiding compassion for anyone willing to admit his struggle and honestly seek help. Combined with maximum personal effort, we firmly believe divine deliverance is possible. ALL of us struggle! The person who thinks he is not struggling is struggling with arrogance and pride. One willing to attack substance abuse must be humbly courageous. Your bravery can inspire others to muster the courage to attack their areas of weakness with greater boldness.

The WAY to Recovery is not intended to replace A.A., N.A., or any other group. The WAY to Recovery is unique in that it is designed specifically to help others overcome their struggles and allow them to grow closer to God. The "Highest Power" is clearly GOD! The Bible is often referred to for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in right living. In addition to the Bible, we also use literature and materials from groups such as Celebrate Recovery and CASA (Christians Against Substance Abuse). This 12-step course intensely correlates and studies each step to what the Bible teaches. The principles taught can be understood by anyone interested in learning a better way of living. The curriculum enables the student to produce positive lifestyle changes. These steps work because they present God's path to recovery from any negative, habitual, and destructive behavior. There is no smoking, cursing or vulgarity in our meetings.

We want to help get people out of darkness and into the light. Our goals arenít just to bring an end to personal suffering from addiction. We want to see people develop a relationship with the Creator, the Sustainer, the Redeemer. We know it is the POWER of God that changes lives.