The Problem and Solution

If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit drinking or using

entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, you are

probably an alcoholic and/or an addict. If that is the case, you may be

suffering from a problem that only a spiritual solution will conquer. Most

chemically dependent persons are unable or unwilling to admit to

themselves or to others that they are addicted. Yet, both you and your

loved ones suffer as a result of your addiction.

Chemical addiction can happen regardless of a person’s reputation, social

standing, or religious beliefs. Most of us turned to chemicals for the purpose

of numbing the pain in our lives. Others of us may have given into curiosity

or were pressured socially, yet still became addicted despite our best efforts

to stop. In the end, the chemicals we turned to for a solution actually

became part of the problem.

The Solution

By working through the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power,

you can and will change! You will begin to experience the true peace and

serenity you have been seeking. You will be able to get sober and stay

sober. You will not longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive,

and addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

Just like becoming addicted, recovery is a process. Be patient and keep

coming back. It works if you work it!

Chemical Dependence

If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit drinking or using

entirely, or if you have little control over the amount you consume, you are

probably an alcoholic and/or an addict. If that is the case, you may be

suffering from a problem which only a spiritual solution will conquer.

If you are as seriously alcoholic or addicted as we were, we believe there is

no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was

becoming impossible, and we had passed into the region from which there

was no return through human resources. We had but two alternatives. One

was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our

intolerable situation as best we could. The other was to accept Jesus Christ

as our Higher Power.

Romans 7:15-25

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what

I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is

good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I

know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have

the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not

the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin

living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: when I want to do

good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s

law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war

against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at

work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me

from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful

nature a slave to the law of sin.” (NIV)

There IS a Solution

By working through the Eight Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes

with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power, you can and will change! You will

begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, and

you will no longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive, and

addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender,

confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing, and helping one

another, which are found within the Eight Principles and the Christ-centered

12 Steps, you will restore and develop stronger relationships with others and

with God.    (for more click here)

Celebrate Recovery ®

Revised 2004-08-21 Chemical Problem-1

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