This is a 10-week course. We will be helping you discover a biblical understanding of addictive behaviors and provide an environment for you to learn to know the Christian God, who, if you want Him to, is able to transform your life. Even if He is someone you are not ready to get to know yet, come along and discover that there are principles that can really help in your fight to overcome your addictions.
Free! Recovery has gone online! Guests worldwide can preview a teaching session or attend a live presentation and then join a Zoom support group. There are many opportunities to meet throughout the week.
The course/support group work is open to all. If you would like to come or refer a friend please ring/text John on 07703 682080 or Sally on 07860 717621. (You can also just show up.) They are also available at email@example.com. There is one church doing an in person Free! work in North London.
WHO IS THE RECOVERY COURSE FOR?
Are you struggling with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling, self-harming, over-eating or some other compulsive behavior that is spoiling your life? Are you living in a permanent cycle of shame and guilt after indulging? You are not alone. You could be a regular participant at church, a Christian. Do you feel as if you are living a double life? You might also be someone, who is seeking answers but haven’t found them yet.
Spending a lot of time thinking about alcohol, drugs, pornography, food or some other mood-altering pastime; looking forward to using, planning life around using or planning for specific times of abstinence.
Using in private; secretive use; feeling an urgency for the first use of drink/drugs/pornography etc.
Using for effect
To obtain a lift, feel or buzz to change thoughts, feelings or behavior.
Hiding the alcohol or drugs to ensure a readily available supply; planning money matters carefully in order to buy drink or drugs.
Using more than planned
No guarantee of what will happen after the first drink or drug. You intended to just have one line of coke, a couple of drinks, spend only fifteen minutes on a porn website, or eat just one chocolate biscuit and then found you could not stop
Feelings of hurt or remorse
Feeling bad about your behavior – the things said or done; the hurt that may have been caused to others.
Able to use more than others. Beginning to need more to get the same effect.
Loss of awareness that conversations or events ever took place.
Finding excuses to use
My partner upset me, the boss is impossible, I have a tough life, I feel down and need cheering up, I feel anxious and stressed, I feel vulnerable.
Breaking promises to yourself and others that you will drink, use drugs or look at porn less or even stop altogether.
Believe that a new start in a new job, in a new house, in a new country will help.
Avoiding family and friends. Particularly while looking for opportunities to use. Progressively avoiding activities that do not include the use of alcohol or drugs.
Early morning shakes
Needing the alcohol or drugs to function.
Tendency to cross addict
Using something else compulsively, particularly when trying to control your ‘medication’ of choice.
Despite progressively damaging consequences and repeated serious concerns of others.
If three or more of these characteristics are in evidence, there may be an addiction problem.