The new Christian Recovery Resource Center program has just been in place since January 1, 2011. We have many proposed center members in the pipelines. And there are three already in operation--Rock Recovery Ministries in San Diego; Manna House Ministries in Jamestown, Tennessee; and New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., in Huntington Beach, California.
You can find details about how these Centers operate their own programs and also serve as a resource for those asking how they or others about whom they are concerned can seek and receive God's help in recovery. Both those afflicted with, and affected by, alcoholism, drug abuse, at-risk problems, and self-destructive behavior have urgent questions. They want to know if there is a Christian treatment program, a Christian counselor, a Christian Fellowship program, or a Christ-centered group available to help. They ask: Where should I go? What's available? What should I be looking for? What about other alternatives--A.A., N.A., secular treatment, intervention, therapy, and so on.
Our new centers can be of immeasurable assistance--free of charge.
Here's how it works. Scarcely a day goes by that either a parent or concerned friend, or afflicted person doesn't phone me, write me, or email me from places all over the world.
Here's what happened this very day. A concerned family member on Maui emailed me asking if we operated a Christian treatment program on Maui. The answer, of course, is no. But their afflicted family member had seen my websites and wanted help. The concerned family member was about to depart for a city far away, to bring the suffering alcoholic to Maui, and to seek Christian help here on Maui. But the problem has to do with what's available.
When I learned the city in which the alcoholic was residing, I was able to refer the family member to one of our Christian Recovery Resource Centers. That Center is maintained by a recovery ministry in a huge Christian church. It offers Christian treatment, licensed counselors, residential quarters for women, a direct tie to a Christian church, Bible studies, Christian recovery meetings, and many local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
In other words, it was Bible friendly, history friendly, and A.A. friendly and embraces the type of highly successful "old school" Christian Fellowship program that was founded by AAs in Akron, Ohio in 1935, and that developed a solid Christian recovery program that worked.
The ministry does not trash A.A. It does not trash church. It does not trash counseling. It does not trash treatment. It does not invent false "gods" or "higher powers" or strange "spirituality." It is a nuts and bolts way for people in its area to seek God as Christians, fellowship with like-minded believers, get the support of A.A. and Christian fellowship meetings, study the Bible, and get an orientation that has a long-range reliance on the power and love of God made available through Jesus Christ and spelled out in the Bible. Moreover, it provides Christian treatment for those who need and want it.
Unhesitatingly, I referred the Maui inquirer to that Christian Recovery Resource Center. The inquirer immediately contacted the dedicated leader of the Christian Recovery Ministry in the far away city where the relative lives. The concerned family member is on his way to the city, the ministry, and the suffering alcoholic tomorrow. And solid help will be available right where the relative lives.
That is exactly how the Christian Recovery Resource Centers network, assist, refer, and bring hope to those who seek help through Jesus Christ in a burgeoning arena of secular alternatives today.
See Christian Recovery Resource Centers www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com; and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Aloha and God Bless, Dick B.