3133 Van Buren Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626
A Small, Well-founded, Residential Transitional Recovery House
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This is a brief article to tell you what networking in International Christian Recovery Coalition can produce for the alcoholic and addict who still suffers by focusing his attention on the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played and can play in recovery from alcoholism and addiction today. And by bringing together recovered Christian recovery leaders and workers skilled in the workings of treatment, recovery, and 12-Step programs, and placing special focus on the power of God that is so much needed by the afflicted.
First, about the three remarkable men who put the Freedom House project together.
David Roman is a dedicated young recovered Christian who is also the proprietor of four very successful Orange County Restaurants (Cucina Roman). He has been a participant in International Christian Recovery Coalition since its inception in July, 2009. And he has generously distributed our Alcoholics Anonymous History books widely in the Orange County recovery arena. He is also very much involved in his Christian church’s “Recovering Our Freedom” group which highlights John 8:32 in this particular work:
Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
David had a strong leading that a residential transition recovery house was needed that would have a Christian fellowship background—Bible based—resembling the First Century Christian apostles and their daily gatherings and actions described in the Book of Acts. So David is the provider of the house located at 3133 Van Buren Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. It enables newcomers to support each other while avoiding the vulgarity and drugs and idolatry that so often accompany the newcomer as he seeks relief from his addiction problems.
Danny Simmons is a mature, authoritative, recovered Christian AA who lives in Costa Mesa. Danny has been extremely active in both church, 12 Step fellowships, and working with newcomers. We met him at one of David’s restaurants. And, when we are in Orange County, he cannot do enough to serve and glorify the Lord and put us in touch with other recovered Christians who grasp and want to apply the successful Christian techniques of early Akron A.A.’s Christian Fellowship in recovery today. He chairs meetings. He helps newcomers, He is a church-oriented Christian. He studies. He distributes books free. And he is well suited to be the manager of Freedom House. The men there need loving concern, discipline, and sound teaching. And Danny provides it.
Dr. Robert Tucker is founder and president of New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., in Huntington Beach, California. He runs a church, treatment program, a Christian counselor training and certification program, presents recovery classes, and conducts counseling. He also sees to it that his clients are safely housed during their treatment period. And Danny Simmons worked with Dr. Tucker in that arena. Dr. Tucker is also president of the prestigious Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute; and his wife Stephanie works alongside him particularly in the codependency treatment area. She is an author as well. Dr. Tucker has been a speaker on programs with us; participated in TV panels; and filmed our introductory foundations class. His office is Huntington Beach is the Orange County Headquarters for our Coalition.
The Importance of Diverse Christian Talents in the Growing Christian Recovery Movement
International Christian Recovery Coalition is an informal, no cost, fellowship of Christian recovery leaders, workers, newcomers, and concerned people disseminating the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original Christian Fellowship program of A.A., and its successes. They want to see the techniques and successes of that First Century Christian Fellowship returned to view and applied where wanted in today ‘s recovery scene.
The mission, participation, programs, projects, and media presentations are spelled out on www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com. People from many parts of the United States and Canada have participated in its conferences, panels, and seminars. They get to know each other. They are able to refer people who want God’s help to others who will help them get it. They participate in our research, book distribution projects, and media presentations.
And the work at Freedom House in Orange County is just one of dozens of projects that utilize the talents of Coalition participants and bring them together from such widely dispersed locations as Alaska, Arizona, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Washington, Oregon, California, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, West Virginia, Idaho, the Dakotas, Kansas, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Arkansas, United Kingdom, Ireland, Wales, Netherlands, Sweden, or many other spots.
These participants are travelers, phoners, and communicators. On our panels, conferences, research efforts, and interviews, they have come together from British Columbia, Alberta, Toronto, Ontario, the East Coast, Midwest, South, West, and Northern U.S. to meet each other and then to return and keep in touch.
Though One Group of Many, Freedom House Provides Unique, Needed Help Today