Christian Recovery Resource Centers – Worldwide
As of January 1, 2011, this web page will be used in
part for publishing contact (and other relevant) information about individuals,
groups, and organization which become “Christian Recovery Resource Centers”
affiliated with the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Here are our
current affiliates. Please contact them if you would like to know about
Christian recovery resources—such
as Christian and Christian-track treatment programs, Christian sober living,
Christian Counseling, and Christian recovery fellowships—in
their area (or in their state, in their country, and/or elsewhere in the world
through the International Christian Recovery Coalition):
Manna House Ministries, James Moody, President, Jamestown, Tennessee
New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., Robert Tucker, Ph.D., President, Huntington Beach, California
Rock Recovery Ministries-ABC Sober Living-Soledad
House, David Powers, San Diego, California
Recovery Ministry, Golden Hills Community Church, Brentwood, California
Bruce F, Aspgren, Rocking A. Ministry, Caldwell, Texas
Paul Popiel, A.A. believer, Pacifica, California
Christian Recovery Resource Center Satellite Office,
Maui Christian Recovery Resource Center Main Office,
Christian Community Missions,
Mark Galligan, A.A. Christian Believer, 13 Telford Road, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Robert P. Turner, MD, MSCR
Roger McDiarmid, A.A. Christian believer, Salesman, Huntington Beach, California
Won Way Out Ministries Treatment Center
Alcoholics For Christ, Neighborhood Church
The Oasis Recovery Center of Western PA (Oasis Institute)
Celebrate A New Life, Bobby Nicholl
Richard Skolnik, Addiction Counselor Assistant,
Tom and Laura
Tom and Laura
Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Serenity Group
James W. Law, a Recovered Christian AA
E. Camp, Jr., Recovered Christian Businessman,
Rev. Tylan Dalrymple, confessional Lutheran Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church,
Rev. Jerry Liversage, Responding Recovery Ministries
Christian Recovery Resource Centers
Explanation and Purpose
Across the globe today, there are an estimated twenty million alcoholics and drug addicts who don’t know where to turn to get information about, find resources for, and overcome objections to, their seeking the help of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible.
There is no lack of Christian resources for recovery. The “depth” of the resources may be another matter entirely.
There is a relentless opposition to the seeking, mention of, and reliance upon such resources in the recovery arena today. Twelve Step Fellowship members frequently eschew mention of God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, church, and religion. Many among them have swallowed the idea that they can invent their own idea of a “power greater than themselves.” They tend to invent a self-made religion which claims to be “spiritual but not religious.” They frequently espouse the idea that there is a “higher power” that can help. They then go on to claim that this “higher power” can be a tree, a chair, a light bulb, a radiator, Santa Claus, the Great Pumpkin, Something, Somebody—any thing or “power” other than the Creator of the heavens and the earth. They leave their fellowships in droves—some relapsing, some turning to other alternatives, and some actually aligning themselves with some sort of Christian alternative. Even there, they often hear that any Twelve Step recovery effort is contrary to the Bible, dangerous for Christians, and ineffective in result.
Yet there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Christian leaders, afflicted in recovery, and concerned others who want to stick with God. They don’t want to reject fellowships. They want to be healed, forgiven, delivered, loved, empowered, and assured of an everlasting life. They don’t want “manufactured” Christian programs with a spot of prayer, a spot of Bible, unlicensed Christian counselors, or lack of connections with vibrant church activities, dynamic Christian recovery fellowships, and skilled Christian Bible teachers, prayer leaders, and healing experts.
Mothers, brothers, spouses, grandparents, uncles, other relatives, and friends contact us almost daily with messages of bewilderment and despair. They say that they are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict. They say that afflicted person does not want to quit. They say he is despondent and depressed. They say he gets into endless troubles—criminal, family, child-custody, tax, imprisonment, debt, divorce, and health, even suicide attempts. When asked if there is belief in God and a Christian affiliation, they may yes. But where can they find Christian help!
This plan attempts to provide
an effective answer today. www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com
A Christian Recovery Resource Center Program for Consideration
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Suggested Roles You Can Play or Utilize in Whole or in Part
As a caveat, we believe that if the Christian program is diluted by over-emphasis on Twelve Step recovery and the Twelve Steps themselves, it does not prepare the newcomer for what he will encounter “in the rooms” upon his departure—relying upon nonsense gods, admiring undefined “spirituality,” and adopting New Thought lingo.
The foregoing Christian treatment suggestions represent the essence of the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program of 1935 as it was adapted by Dr. Bob and Sister Ignatia after 1939. Applications today can be found in Salvation Army ARC’s, CityTeam Centers, Calvary Ranch, Dunklin Memorial Church, ABC Sober Living’s Soledad House Recovery Home for Women, and New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc.
This can and should be a hub program which insures that newcomers are given opportunities to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, learn how to study the Bible, join in prayer, seek God’s guidance daily, seek complete healings, and learn how to “take” the Twelve Steps within a biblical perspective such as that used so effectively in Cleveland, Ohio--where the society grew from one group to thirty in a year, achieved a documented 93% success rate, and eventually developed a simple program based on the one established by Clarence Snyder. [For more on the highly-successful, early Cleveland A.A. approach, see the recently published Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community: A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe, by Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-timers and Their Wives. Compiled and Edited by Dick B., 2005.]
The speakers can include: recovered Christian alcoholics and addicts with long-term success; clergy; physicians, pastoral counselors, business owners, trades-people, lawyers and professionals, educators, treatment center leaders, psychologists, law enforcement and correctional people, coaches, athletes, other celebrities, veterans, military, and bridge-group leaders.
This is not a new idea. It was certainly employed by Bill Wilson as reported in Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. Speakers at large meetings during A.A.'s early years included Father Edward Dowling, S.J.; The Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.; attorney Bernard B. Smith; Lois Wilson (Bill Wilson’s wife); Dr. W.W. Bauer of the American Medical Association; the psychiatrist Dr. Harry M. Tiebot; Dr. John L. Norris; industrialists Leonard V. Harrison and Henry A. Mielcarek; Dr. Austin MacCormick, Professor of Criminology at University of California; and Treasurer Archie Roosevelt. Present-day Lifelines meetings at The Crossing Church have brought together large crowds of A.A. and N.A. newcomers, folks from treatment programs, and many who belong to The Crossing Church.
How to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person"
The "Christian Recovery Resource Centers and Persons" new Participant package includes a "site license" for the "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" ("IFCR") class for Groups and Organizations (2010) by Dick B. & Ken B. on four DVD's.
The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations includes:
a. The four IFCR class DVDs (about one hour each);
b. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Guide for Students (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound);
c. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound); and
d. One hard copy of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound).
The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations also comes with limited reproduction rights for the books in the class--specifically, the right to duplicate one (1) copy per class instructor of: (1) the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide; and (2) The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. In addition, you may reproduce as many copies of the IFCR Class Guide for Students as will be necessary so that each student in any class you personally oversee may have one (1) copy of that Guide.
In addition, the "Christian Recovery Resource Center" new Participant package also includes The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide by Dick B. with Ken B. (2011) in 8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound, format.
And we have just added to the new Participant package one (1) complete set of the 29-volume "Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set"--a $672.55 value (i.e., the total of the full retail list prices of each of the 29 volumes in the Reference Set), at no extra charge!
Finally, the new Participant package includes a free case (box) of a title by Dick B. that you may use for free distribution or for resale to support your Christian recovery work. [While supplies last!]
There is a one-time-only donation of $500.00 required to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person."
To become a “Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person” or for further information, please contact Ken B. on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally: We regard our role in this whole project as one of stimulating, consulting on, facilitating, and establishing networks of service that will emphasize and provide the role, need, and proximity of Christian recovery help throughout the world. Our job will be to inform. We will not set standards on, endorse, or attempt to control what you do. Much of what we have learned in the last 20 years of researching, meeting, speaking, and publishing has come through the help of others. And we want to make available to the Christian recovery arena as much of our findings and materials as we have been able to gather.
If you want to ask questions, make suggestions, obtain further information, or discuss this plan—prior to your signing on—please feel to contact Dick B.: email@example.com; 808 874 4876; PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837; or Ken B. at 808 276 4945.
International Christian Recovery Coalition
c/o Dick B.
P.O. Box 837
Ph/fax: (808) 874-4876
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