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Christ-Centered Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it is important to focus on healing all aspects of yourself—mind, body and spirit. Addiction causes self-destructive and self-defeating behavior. It tears apart relationships with those we love, destroys livelihoods and deprives us of our full potential as human beings. At AARC, our Christ-centered approach to recovery in our drug treatment programs and alcohol treatment programs deepens and strengthens your relationship with God by incorporating Christ’s teachings and worship into daily life and your Christian treatment program.

How Christ-Centered Recovery Helps Those Struggling with Addiction

It is through prayer, worship, faith and a meaningful connection with God that He offers you love, strength and the resilience to overcome challenges, freeing you from the hold that addiction has had over your life. You may feel that your addiction has robbed you of your connection and relationship with a higher power. You may also be feeling an overwhelming sense of guilt, not knowing how to find your way back to Him. But it’s important to understand that God is always there for you and will never turn His back on you—no matter how far you have strayed—He will never abandon you. In turning your worries and struggles over to Him, you gain a deeper understanding and awareness of how to take responsibility for your actions and forge a new, healthy and productive path. He will inspire you to make better life choices moving ahead, while accepting that you cannot change the past.

Our Christ-centered recovery program helps individuals undergo an inner transformation. We rely on recovery principles drawn from Jesus’s message in the Eight Beatitudes shared in the Sermon on the Mount, including mercy, humility, charity and love. God does not put obstacles in our path that we cannot handle. A Christ-centered approach means that Jesus Christ will guide your recovery every step of the way, setting the tone for every phase of your treatment and for your new life in health and sobriety.

Our Christ-centered recovery approach is integrated into treatment through:

Prayer/Meditation – The power of prayer is central to our relationship with God and Jesus and it is where those in recovery can turn for guidance, help, and thanksgiving. Each day during our Christ-centered recovery begins with prayer and meditation, a sacred and serene time for reflection, for listening to God’s guidance, and for sharing hopes, dreams, struggles and intentions.

Worship – Once a week, time is set aside for worship – to connect with God, surrender our lives to his will, and celebrate what He has done for each of us. It is through worship and a strong Christian support network that allows those in recovery to stay on the path of healing and foster a fulfilling life in sobriety. During worship, a mix of both contemporary and traditional music is enjoyed.

Fellowship – In recovery centered around Christ, it’s important to accept help and build lasting bonds with those who have walked a similar path. Having a group of trusted, welcoming peers is an important source of this support. For many in recovery, isolation and loneliness may have been a contributing factor to their addiction in the past. Our fellowship program cultivates meaningful relationships and offers emotional support. As sobriety becomes more established, true healing comes from giving back – offering friendship, service and encouragement to others.

Biblical Interpretation – The 12-step program is designed to bring individuals together to support each other in maintaining abstinence from the substances they have been addicted to. And with each of the 12-steps during Christ-centered recovery, a corresponding principal from Scripture is applied. By merging the 12-steps with Biblical teachings, patients learn the ways in which Biblical principles underlie their recovery.

Scripture Study – Bible study allows us to know God better, to hear God’s word, and helps us in facing life’s challenges and learning how to help others through difficult circumstances. It is through God’s word that He provides us with the solutions and guidance to overcome all of our obstacles. By incorporating daily scripture study and reflection on 12-step devotions you will feel inspired and empowered to stay committed to a new life in recovery.

Weekly Christian 12-Step Program

Prayer, worship and embracing the teachings of Christ are essential to staying on the path of recovery. Leaning on our Christian faith decreases the chance of relapse, restores our spirit and allows us to foster a deep connection with ourselves, our loved ones and God.

Held every Wednesday from 9:30-12:30, AARC’s Christian 12-Step Recovery Program brings together those in recovery to study scripture, reflect on 12-step devotions and connect with others in a supportive and nurturing environment. Group members experience personal and spiritual growth that provides the foundation for a new life in health and sobriety. Incorporating our Christian 12-Step Program’s faith-based principles into the curriculum, the weekly group focuses on family intervention strategies, relapse prevention, self-help techniques and life skills. Meetings begin with prayer, worship and devotion. Group members draw inspiration from selected scripture and devotions that encourage open and honest dialogue as they reflect on the teachings of Christ to guide their recovery. Those in recovery have the opportunity to expand their support network and share personal experiences in a safe space while learning the skills necessary to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

What are the 12-Steps?

The 12-step model is a fundamental part of the recovery process. These steps provide a framework and offer guidance to help individuals achieve sobriety and support one another in their journey.

  • Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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