"Dick B. interview of Christian Recovery leader Jean LaCour" of Daytona Beach, Florida, on the July 16, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show
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You may listen to Dick B. interview Christian Recovery leader Dr. Jean LaCour, PhD, CPP, President of the NET Training Institute, Inc., and President of the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC), on the July 16, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show here:
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Synopsis of Interview
Our guest, Jean LaCour, Ph.D., CPP, is a Christian Recovery Leader and Advisory Leader for International Christian Recovery Coalition (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com). She is a recovery professional, devoted Christian, and volunteer who wears many hats. And they include:
President and Cofounder of NET Training Institute, Inc. (http://netinstitute.org/index.htm)
President of the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC) -- www.ISAAC-International.org
Member of “Partners for Recovery,” a steering committee for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Former Faith Coordinator for Florida’s Access to Recovery (ATR) program.
Jean began her interview by mentioning our International Christian Recovery Coalition, and
pointing to the word “International” as what very much interested her. As to ISAAC and now her being a representative to United Nations, there is world-wide working with people in progress. International for sure.. And it is now going on in 70 international countries with over 2000 members enabling recovery people to get connected, fellowship, and have a way to meet each other. It recognizes the value of people of faith representing “us” in doing clinical and recovery actions and programs that change lives.
She emphasized a policy shift that is now taking place, and in which she is having some impact.
The shift is from SUPPLY REDUCTION involving police, law enforcement, para-military, and a war on drugs aimed at STOP supply. But policy makers are learning that they have to have people QUIT DEMANDING.
And the shift is to DEMAND REDUCTION. This, she says, involves prevention, treatment, recovery support groups, recovery mentors, discipleship, medical, and other face to face impact. And experience has shown that the demand goes down when these actions are taken.
In 2008, Jean, as one representing ISAAC and NET, was at the UN headquarters in Vienna, successfully urging inclusion in policy language of words that recognize the service of people of faith and faith-based organizations. The agreement was based on the premise that there were people of every persuasion, but their emphasis was on service. She emphasized the power of recognition embodied in statute and policy. She worked for 2 ½ days successfully to help this recognition be verbalized in writing.
In 2012, there was a new and different effort to adopt policy that recognized the value of abstinence-based approaches. These stress the love that God has expressed about abstinence. And the policy is implemented by the Twelve Steps, Christian recovery programs, and therapeutic communities. In the interview, recognition was given to the highly effective 93% recovery rate that A.A. had after Clarence Snyder organized a group in Cleveland right after the Big Book was published. This is documented in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers at page 261. Clarence pointed out that the Cleveland groups had brought with them from the old, original, effective Akron AA group “most of the old program,” as well as the Big Book, the Twelve Steps, the Bible, and the Four Absolutes—Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, and Love.
Jean turned to the power of surrender to God, stressed that the power is amazing, and stated it carries with I the power of the God of hope and of promise. Jean had gone to Russia and had seen that, in the 1980’s, there was no emphasis on the power of Christ in one’s heart. Then she went to Dunklin Memorial Church and saw an effective program for 100. This in turn led to formation of NET Ministries with Jean, her husband, Ron Ross, and Tom Sledd. Courses of training with 300 hours of effort were valuable. And today there are three distinct groups of training classes—those for: (1) Understanding addiction and alcoholism, (2) Pastoral care and recovery programs. (3) Life model. They use our book The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible www.dickb.com/goodbook.shtml. They begin from a biblical foundation. They stress power tools for recovery, dealing with street groups, Christian support groups, and “Families of Promise” which build upon the fact that God is gracious and a God of Hope and of Promise. There is emphasis on listenting to God.
Jean points out that support for our work and hers can come from placing a NET logo on our International Christian Recovery Coalition site and the www.dickb.com site. And listeners can also become affiliates of NET. Details can be found on the net site.