Substance Abuse Resources: 3 That May Help
In this blog, we provide 3 substance abuse resources that can help you or someone you know struggling with substance abuse issues. Substance abuse, impacts your relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and every area of your life. Finding good, reliable substance abuse resources can be challenging.
Relationships and substance abuse often go hand in hand as well as a lack of coping skills. Either one person has been on the receiving end of a divorce, bad relationship, break up, or life event or the stress of dealing with life’s everyday issues simply becomes too much for one to deal with on their own, and often tries to escape their feelings by turning to drugs or alcohol instead of facing the pain and dealing with it head on.
As someone who struggled with alcohol abuse and by the grace of God has been sober for over 5 years. I can tell you from personal experience, simply trying to mask the pain or running from the problem(s) will only worsen the situation. By doing so, you will only add to the already difficult and painful situation, like adding gasoline to a small fire, it will ignite and create a bonfire.
The 3 free substance abuse resources mentioned below, I have tried personally, and while each one varies, I was able to gain a little knowledge and help from each one. It wasn’t until the very last one (#1) that got me completely sober!
We here at fightingdads.com want to be a resource and testimony for people struggling with life’s issues. While we aren’t promoting one over the other. Our goal is to provide you choices and let you discover which one you will choose on your path to sobriety. I believe that no matter which one out of the 3, you can become sober and free from whatever you are struggling with! Just don’t give up!!!
3) AA- Alcoholic Anonymous and NA- Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international organization and offers free services. It has been one of the most known and used substance abuse resources for decades. It was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. They went on to develop what is commonly known as AA’s Twelve Step program of spiritual and character development. They offer services globally and in most cities multiple times of the day and night, 7 days a week.
Here are the 12 Steps as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
- Made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
2) Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is more of a faith based, Biblical approach substance abuse resource to help relationships in addition to “addictions, hurts, and hangups.” Celebrate Recovery started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and has grown worldwide. There are now 35,000 Celebrate Recovery churches around the world, and that number continues to grow. “We are part of a movement that is bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken through working Celebrate Recovery’s Step Studies, The Journey Begins, and The Journey Continues. They also provide services for other substance abuse resources as well.
To date, over 5 million individuals have completed a Step Study. Source- https://www.celebraterecovery.com/
This service is free of charge and typically meets weekly. Both organizations mentioned above are also strictly anonymous and takes your privacy and concerns very seriously. Many of the members and people there are in fact former, alcoholics or substance abusers themselves that have become clean or sober. They speak from experience and are there to help you.
1) The Holy Bible
Yes, I know. That’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but after struggling with substance abuse issues for more than 10 years. This one book is the one that changed my life forever and actually set me free! I went on a personal mission to search to find freedom. For 60 days straight, I focused on reading the Bible and working (and sleep of course). My journey toward freedom consisted of getting in the Word, every morning listening to the Bible while driving to work, at work, after work and before bed. By shutting out all other distractions and focused on finding out what God’s Word said. Constantly reading and listening to the Bible worked. In addition, I reached out to people to pray for me, that I knew were believers in the power of God’s Word.
All of a sudden, I went from being sober not just for 1 or two days, but two and three weeks. Then from two and three weeks, to two and three months!!! I’m free and you can be too!
Was it easy NO!!! …Was it worth it YES!!!… God has done so much in my life since then I can’t even put into words. One of the most grateful things that I am thankful for is the fact that God restored my relationship with the woman that God had specifically created for me, as well as, repairing my relationship with my daughter despite the obstacles. Even being awarded 50/50 shared custody. None of which would have been possible if the decision to get free from the substance abuse and God’s amazing grace.
Whatever your situation is, or whatever issues you are dealing with. Don’t give up! There are substance abuse resources available. In order for you to walk, you first have to crawl. Before you can run, you first have to walk. It takes time, effort, and work. It wasn’t always easy. But again, It’s worth it to be free. I care about you and most importantly God cares about you! Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
Prayer Request Links
Substance Abuse Resources:Locators
Free Bible https://biblesforamerica.org/place-order/
Celebrate Recovery Finder https://locator.crgroups.info/
AA Finder https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa
No matter what. God is waiting for you to come back home…
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Luke 15:11-32 New International Version (NIV)