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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Christian Intervention | How to Stage an Intervention

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You see your loved one struggling with an addiction and you want to help them. How do you start? What do you do? One of the best ways to guide your loved one to get the help they need is to stage an intervention. A Christian intervention can reassure your family member that you care about them and want them to move forward in a healthier life without drugs or alcohol.

Importance of an Intervention

You are concerned about your loved one’s lifestyle and how it affects their work, their relationships, and their finances. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can also have extremely serious consequences. In fact, over 70,000 people in the US died from a drug-involved overdose in 2019. Their overdoses resulted from abusing both illegal drugs and prescription opioids. In addition, approximately 88,000 individuals die each year from alcohol-related causes. Holding a Christian intervention could help save someone’s life.

Faith as a Positive Factor

Approaching your loved one from a Christian perspective and involving them in a faith-based intervention can help improve their success rate in recovery. Recent research has found that people who engage in spiritual activities improved their chance of completing an addition treatment program successfully.

The study showed that faith-based beliefs and practices provide aid and comfort to those in need, as well as tangible and valuable resources that can help prevent and address their substance use issues. It also pointed out that over 84% of scientific studies have demonstrated that faith is a positive factor in the prevention of addiction and in the recovery process.

These researchers concluded that religion and spirituality are “exceptionally powerful, integral, and indispensable resources in substance abuse prevention and recovery.” They added that “faith plays a key role in treating the mind, body, and spirit.”

How to Stage an Intervention

The first step in planning and staging an intervention is to educate yourself about addiction, including how someone can become addicted and how you and your family can help the individual. Understand that addiction is a disease, not a choice. This is a key point to remember to avoid placing blame on your loved one or on any other family members or friends during the intervention.

Then develop a plan that includes the details of what you are going to say as well as what you should not say. An intervention or addiction treatment expert can help guide you through planning the Christian intervention. It’s helpful to have a third party involved, such as a counselor or a pastor, to moderate the discussion as emotions can run high during these sessions.

During the intervention itself, you should be open and honest. Point out the aspects of your loved one’s behavior that are concerning, without attacking the individual. State facts such as “we’ve observed that you’re missing work more frequently” or “we’re concerned that your health has deteriorated.” You can also point out how your loved one’s behavior is affecting other members of the family. Offer details and stick to the facts, without judgement.

Be prepared with a set of consequences and stay firm about following through with them. Your loved one needs to get help and if they refuse, make it clear that you and your family will no longer support their addictive behaviors. This could mean that you no longer provide a free room for them to live in while they are using drugs or alcohol. They will have to pay rent or move out, unless they agree to seek treatment for their addiction.

Be ready to take your loved one to a treatment center. Do the research before the intervention to find the right one for the individual and for your family. The decision to go to supervised detox and treatment needs to be made during the Christian intervention, so your loved one does not have the opportunity to change their mind. You also don’t want them to try to detox on their own as that can also be very dangerous.

Be Ready for Recovery

Understand that a successful Christian intervention is not the end of the journey for you, your loved one, or your other family members. Recovery is a long-term, ongoing process involving the whole family. Now that you know how to stage an intervention, be prepared to support your loved one throughout the treatment and recovery. They will need you and your positive encouragement as they work toward a healthier life without drugs or alcohol.

California Faith-Based Drug Addiction Treatment

To get help for your loved one in a Christian setting, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

What is the Biblical Meaning of Forgiveness?

Biblical meaning of forgiveness

Forgiving yourself and forgiving others can be challenging, particularly if you have been addicted to drugs and alcohol and are embarrassed or ashamed by some of the things you’ve done. That’s the beauty of forgiveness, though. It allows you to move past the mistakes and wrongdoings and move forward toward a healthier future. For Christians in addiction treatment and recovery, it’s important to understand the Biblical meaning of forgiveness as well.

Forgiveness is Important in Recovery

The 12-Step program refers to making amends to others in Steps 8 and 9. According to the publication, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, these two steps are “concerned with personal relationships.” In part, the goal is to “consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.”

The 8th step, in particular, demands a new kind of honesty about your relationships with others. It begins with the procedure of forgiving others as well as forgiving yourself as you learn how to live in the world without the substances to which you were once addicted. You can be assured that you are ready and willing for this step when you can apologize to others and decide to replace your judgment of others, particularly if they have hurt you at some point, with attitudes of mercy and forgiveness.

During these steps, you are not just forgiving and making amends with friends or family members, but also with those whom you consider to be “enemies.” Humility is a critical part of forgiveness. It is now your responsibility to forgive others, including your enemies, and apologize for your own wrongdoing.

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness serves to release your feelings of resentment or vengeance toward someone who has harmed you. It is a conscious, deliberate decision that you make as you progress through your recovery from addiction. You are not deciding whether anyone deserves your forgiveness. You are also not excusing any real offenses against you.

Relationships can become seriously damaged when you are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Through forgiveness, you are taking a step toward repairing that damage. It will also bring you peace of mind as it frees you from your pent-up anger toward the other person. You cannot truly forgive someone if you are still harboring negative feelings toward them. Forgiveness gives you the power to recognize the pain someone else has caused you without letting that pain define you, enabling you to heal emotionally and mentally.

An Important Part of Christianity

Forgiving yourself, asking for forgiveness from others, and showing forgiveness to others are important aspects of your Christianity. The Bible says that you are to follow the example of Jesus, who taught you that you should forgive. Part of what this means is that you are to let go of the negative feelings that come with bearing a grudge against someone else.

Your feelings of hatred and anger can cause harm to you as well as to the other person. Jesus has taught you to basically let those feelings go. In fact, as you reach out to others with compassion, you release those feelings of resentment in an act of Christian love.

This is, in essence, what the Biblical meaning of forgiveness is, that you should let go of those feelings of hatred and anger toward someone whom you feel has wronged you. Just as you ask God for forgiveness when you have done something wrong, so you should be willing to forgive others when they have done something against you. Jesus taught that you should love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. You cannot do this while holding onto harmful feelings of anger and revenge.

Bible Verses About Forgiveness

As you work on forgiveness in your addiction recovery, keep in mind these helpful and inspirational words from the Bible:

"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven." — Luke 6:37

"And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." — Mark 11:25

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." — Ephesians 4:32

"The Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." — Colossians 3:13

California Faith-Based Drug Addiction Treatment

To get help overcoming drug addiction, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Showing Unconditional Love in Recovery

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Whether you are going through recovery yourself or you are supporting a loved one who is recovering from an addiction, you may find that you are discovering some new feelings and emotions. You’ve been understandably stressed and worried and now it’s time to start showing unconditional love in recovery.

What is Unconditional Love?
Very simply, unconditional love is shared with no strings attached. You offer it freely, expecting nothing in return and placing no restrictions or requirements on the other person. Often referred to as agape love, unconditional love is selfless. The word agape comes from the Greek and means brotherly love or charity. In Ecclesiastical use, it refers to the love of God for man and of man for God.

Reaching Out to Others
When you are the one in addiction treatment, showing unconditional love in recovery can mean reaching out to others that you may have hurt or that you want to reconnect with in a more meaningful and positive way. In addiction, you probably damaged a lot of important relationships in your life.  The effort of reaching out to others can benefit you in recovery as you develop a sense of selfless concern for those around you and work to rebuild those relationships.

If you have a loved one who has been addicted and is now in recovery, showing them unconditional love can help them tremendously as they work on their treatment program. Let the person know you love and care about them, regardless of what they may have done when they were addicted. Unconditional does not mean, of course, that you should let them get away with things they should no longer be doing. What it does mean is that you are reassuring them that you will continue to love and forgive them for what they have done in the past and that you support them as they move forward with their life.

The Connection to Addiction
If your family member or friend is struggling to overcome their addiction, know that your unconditional love for them is the only thing that is more powerful in their life. An individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol may have low self-esteem, most likely because they are often seen simply as someone who has made wrong choices. In truth, though, their addiction is a disease and they need your unconditional love to help them deal with the symptoms of that disease as they progress through recovery.

Selfless, loving kindness can be instrumental in helping people suffering from substance use issues. Empathy and compassion are important elements of unconditional love and can help individuals undergoing treatment as they work to understand their own feelings and to become more self-aware.

Mental and Emotional Benefits
Research has actually determined that when someone is a recipient of unconditional love, it can produce positive feelings for them. One study explored how the regions of the brain were affected when someone reached out and showed unconditional love. The result was that many areas of the brain’s reward system were activated.

Other studies showed that receiving unconditional love can make a difference in an individual’s emotional well-being. Participants exhibited greater resilience and fewer mental health symptoms. A study of children supported the idea that giving them unconditional love improved their lifelong health and well-being.

Christ’s Unconditional Love
The highest example we have of unconditional love comes from God himself. In a Christian-based addiction treatment setting, it is important to remember the love of Christ as He guides you through your recovery. For the person going through addiction treatment and for their family and friends, there are several helpful verses to help remind you of God’s unconditional love.

“Your faithful love is priceless, God! Humanity finds refuge in the shadow of your wings.” — Psalm 36:7

“Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all people, because God satisfied the one who was parched with thirst, and he filled up the hungry with good things!” — Psalm 107:8-9

“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever.” — 1 Chronicles 16:34

“I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.” — Ephesians 3:18-19

California Faith-Based Drug Addiction Treatment
To get help overcoming drug addiction, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

What Does PTSD Look Like?


You were in a very close call when another car almost ran head-on into yours. You witnessed a disturbing violent act against someone in your family. You experienced abuse as a child. You lived through the fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. You were in combat as a member of the military. Any of these, and many other traumatic experiences could cause you to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During PTSD Awareness Month, it’s important to understand what PTSD looks like.

PTSD Causes

PTSD is typically associated with the military, but anybody who’s experienced a traumatic event can have the anxiety disorder. A crime, fire, accident, or death of a loved one can be traumatizing. An extended experience such as long-term abuse or even the pandemic can also have a devastating effect which could leave someone with PTSD.

When an event occurs, such as a car accident, the individual may feel upset for a while but often that feeling will get better with time. If the individual becomes more fearful and anxious, and begins displaying symptoms that last longer than a month, they could have PTSD. The disorder affects about 7-8% of the population, with women more likely to be affected than men. Symptoms usually start within three months of the events, but they can surface much later.

What Does PTSD Look Like?

The anxiety disorder can look different for different people. There may be physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, headaches, dizziness, stomach issues, and chest pain. The individual may also experience a weakened immune system, which could lead to frequent infections. Sleep disturbances can be an issue for some people, which can result in a feeling of being tired as well as other problems.

PTSD may also manifest itself in long-term behavioral changes, which can contribute to issues on the job and with personal relationships. An individual with PTSD may start to use or misuse drugs, medications, and alcohol. Behavioral changes can include becoming sad and hopeless, paranoid, fearful, or angry. An individual may withdraw from social interaction and lose interest in once-favorite activities.

Feeling Stressed or Frightened

When something potentially dangerous happens to a person, their natural sense of “fight or flight” will usually kick in. These split-second changes in the body and the mind help defend against danger or avoid it completely. Once the danger has passed, an individual’s reaction to it can continue to cause issues, in the form of the anxiety disorder PTSD. People who have PTSD continue to feel frightened or stressed, even after they are no longer in danger.

A traumatic event does not have to be life threatening to cause PTSD. An unexpected death of a close loved one can also leave an individual feeling traumatized. The stress of dealing with the isolation and fear of an unfamiliar virus can cause be traumatizing.

Three Main Types of PTSD Symptoms

There are three main types of symptoms associated with PTSD:

  • Re-experiencing. A person may re-experience the trauma through flashbacks, nightmares, and other intrusive recollections of the event. Re-experiencing symptoms can include physical symptoms such as sweating or a racing heart.
  • Emotional numbness and avoidance. The individual may avoid the people, places, and activities that remind them of their traumatic event or experience.
  • Increased arousal. An individual may feel jumpy, have trouble concentrating, or be easily angered or irritated.

Cognition and Mood Symptoms

When an individual has PTSD, they display the symptoms within the three main categories, as well as in the category of Cognition and Mood, for a month or longer. Cognition and mood symptoms can include:

  • Having trouble remembering details of the traumatic event
  • Experiencing distorted feelings such as blame or guilt
  • Negative thoughts about the world or about oneself.
These symptoms can result in the individual feeling alienated or detached from family and friends.

Some people recover from their PTSD within six months, while others take longer. Seeking treatment for the anxiety disorder is always a good idea to help manage the symptoms and process the trauma.

California Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

Celebrate Hope is here for you when you need help with mental health issues, such as the anxiety disorder PTSD, particularly when they co-occur with addiction. Please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based dual diagnosis treatment program. Our team helps men and women address the vicious cycle of mental illness and addiction so they can begin life anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Christian Books on Overcoming Drug Addiction

Christian books on addiction

When you are struggling with an addiction to drugs, you have a lot of resources available to you. Addiction treatment is the first place to start your journey toward recovery. You may also want some reading material that will inspire and guide you. There are a number of Christian books on overcoming drug addiction offering guidance, motivation, and hope.

Freedom from Addiction

Feeling like you’re locked in a cycle of addiction? Learn how to free yourself in Freedom from Addiction, Breaking the Bondage of Addiction and Finding Freedom in Christ by Neil T. Anderson, Julia Quarles, and Mike Quarles. You’ll read the story of how Mike Quarles overcame his debilitating addiction to alcohol. You’ll also be inspired by the message that true freedom comes from realizing your identity in Christ, a message that is the central theme of this book.

God is for You

Another inspiring true-life story comes from Jerry Dunn in his book God is for the Alcoholic. Dunn knows first-hand that there is hope. In a Texas prison, he picked up a Bible and realized that God was providing his escape from his addiction to alcohol. He knew the road to overcome his addiction would be long and difficult, but he also knew that he could do it with God’s help and with diligence, patience, and commitment.

Healing Your Scars

Drug addiction can devastate your life now and make it difficult for you to see a positive way forward. Healing the Scars of Addiction by Gregory L. Jantz, with contributions by Ann McMurray, addresses the wreckage of addiction that lies scattered around you. If you are struggling with overcoming drug addiction, attempting to live in recovery from your addiction, or seeking to understand the mind of someone you love who is addicted, this book can help.

Jantz will guide you through answering some tough questions: Am I an addict? How can I put my life back together? Where do I go from here? This book gives you a holistic approach to healing so you can reclaim your life and move forward in hope.

Break the Entanglement

When you are struggling to break free from your addiction, Entangled by Addiction: Set Free in Christ by Caitanya Champion can show you how to find and achieve freedom in Christ. You can move from your pain, hopelessness, brokenness, and misery toward healing, peacefulness, deliverance, and being set free. You can know freedom from addiction through the power of Christ.

What You Worship

Another book that can inspire you toward a new path is Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch. The author writes about how the hopelessness of the cycle of “sickness, recovery, relapse” can be replaced with the Biblical view of sin, salvation, and sanctification. Welch guides you through facing the fact that what and who you worship will control your life. True freedom when overcoming drug addiction comes through the cross.

Learning to Breathe

In addiction treatment, the 12-Step program can be critical to your success as you recover from addiction. Richard Rohr’s book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps makes the case that the 12-Step program can rescue you when you are drowning in your addiction, even when you don’t realize it. Rohr emphasizes that you must learn to breathe under water, to survive the tidal wave of your addiction and compulsive behavior.

In his book, he identifies the Christian principles contained in the steps, connecting the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. He offers encouragement and inspiration for making your life manageable as you deal with overcoming your addiction.

Overcoming Obstacles

In a first-hand account, author Anthony Acampora describes the incredible impact that God’s word can have on your broken life. In Overcoming Emotional Obstacles through Faith: Navigating the Mind Field, Acampora tells his own story of how he overcame tremendous suffering and loss through Christ. He shares his experience applying his faith and the principles of the Bible in overcoming seemingly insurmountable adversity. His book offers real-life examples of how you can apply God’s word to radically transform your life as you overcome your addiction.

California Faith-Based Drug Addiction Treatment

To get help overcoming drug addiction, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Stigma of Mental Illness | Social Stigma

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Being aware of what mental health is, and particularly what mental illness isn’t, can be an important part of the challenge of overcoming the stigma often associated with it. The stigma of mental illness can become a roadblock to seeking help and getting treatment, because of the social stigma felt by those who suffer from the disease.

What is Mental Health Stigma?

The social stigma around mental illness often results from stereotypes. Friends, co-workers, even family members, and members of the community can convey a sense of shame on an individual living with mental illness, when they don’t truly understand the disease. Stigma can prevent people from getting help, as they may be judged for seeking treatment for their depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other emotional distress.

Almost 90% of individuals living with a mental illness feel the stigma and discrimination that negatively impact their lives, according to the Mental Health Foundation. People who experience a mental health issue are the least likely individuals with a long-term health condition to live in good housing, find meaningful work, have long-term relationships, and be included in mainstream society.

Mental Health Awareness

Education and awareness are critical in overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness. The month of May has been established as Mental Health Awareness Month, a movement that started in 1949. The focus is on raising awareness of the various aspects of mental health and on reassuring everyone with a mental illness that “you are not alone.”

The focus is also on raising awareness and providing education in an effort to dismantle the misconceptions about mental health issues. The stigma of mental illness can be detrimental for an individual who is suffering from the disease, as it can add to their anxiety about how others see them and about how they see themselves.  

Knowing the facts and dispelling the myths can help everyone understand more about the causes, effects, and treatment. The main message for Mental Health Awareness Month is that individuals who are challenged with a mental health issue are not alone, that there is support and help available.

Myths and Facts

Many of the stereotypes around mental illness come out of myths that are commonly circulated. Taking the time to learn more about mental health concerns and, most importantly, the individuals who are challenged with mental illness, can help reduce or eliminate the social stigma they experience.

Myth: Mental health issues don’t affect me directly.

Fact: Mental health concerns are common in the US:

  • One in 5 adults in the US experience a mental health issue.
  • One in 25 people live with a serious mental illness, including major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
  • One in 10 young people experience periods of major depression.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, accounting for more than 41,000 lives lost each year.

Myth: Someone with a mental illness will be unpredictable and violent.

Fact: Most people with mental health issues are not violent. Only about 3-5% of violent acts are attributed to individuals who have a serious mental illness. Those with mental illness are actually 10 times more likely to be the victims of a violent crime.

Myth: People who have mental illness, even if they can manage their condition, cannot hold down a meaningful job.

Fact: Most people with mental health issues are active and productive members of their communities. This includes having good attendance, good work habits, and being motivated on the job. When an employee does have a mental health challenge and they receive appropriate treatment, the result can be:

  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased disability costs
  • Lower medical costs
  • Lower absenteeism

Myth: Mental illness is caused by personality weakness or character flaws. If an individual with a mental health issue would just snap out of it, they would be fine.

Fact: A person’s mental health problems have nothing to do with being weak or lazy. There are many factors that can contribute to mental illness, including:

  • Trauma or a history of abuse
  • Physical illness or injury
  • Brain chemistry
  • Genetics or a family history of mental health issues.

The fact is that individuals with mental illness can get better with appropriate treatment. It is time to break the social stigma and move forward with understanding and help.

California Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

Celebrate Hope is here for you when you need help with mental health issues, particularly when they co-occur with addiction. Please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based dual diagnosis treatment program. Our team helps men and women address the vicious cycle of mental illness and addiction so they can begin life anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Inspirational Bible Verses for Addiction Recovery

Bible verses for addiction recovery

You may struggle every day as you go through recovery. It is not easy to overcome the challenges of addiction, but with the right tools you can do it. Seeking professional treatment is critical, so you can get help with managing your addictive behaviors and get your life back on track. Inspirational Bible verses for addiction recovery are also very important to hold onto and keep in your heart as you navigate through your new life.

The First Steps

The first three steps in the 12-Step program set the stage for your addiction recovery. Realizing that you are powerless over your addiction, that there is a power greater than you that can restore you, and you need to turn your life over to the care of God will get you started on the right path.

Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Romans 7:18-20 – For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Psalm 18:2-6 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Matthew 6:31-34 – Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God Knows Your Story

Every individual’s addiction story is different. God knows your particular story and has words of encouragement and strength for you in your suffering. His word will give you a fresh start as you heal in addiction recovery.

1 Peter 5:10 – And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.


James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Romans 5:3-5 – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Strength and Focus in Your Addiction Recovery

As you continue through your addiction treatment, you can take heart and find strength in these inspirational Bible verses for addiction recovery.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

California Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

To get help with your addiction, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

How to Stop Drinking Every Night

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. You may have become aware that your occasional drinking has turned into a drink that you feel you must have every night. The first step is recognizing that you want to, or need to, make a change. The next step is learning how to stop drinking every night.

Alcohol Awareness Month

It can be beneficial to you to understand more about alcohol and to share this information with others so they can also become aware of issues involved with drinking. One thing to realize is that the consumption of alcohol is prevalent in the US. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2019, 85.6% of adults over the age of 18 reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Of those, 69.5% reported that they drank in the last year and 54.9% reported that they drank in the last month.

Health Effects of Drinking

Another very important aspect of alcohol awareness is knowing how it affects your health. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that drinking too much can take a serious toll on your health. You might drink excessively in one evening or across multiple nights of drinking. Either way, learning how to stop drinking every night can help you with your mental and physical health.

The NIAAA reports that drinking can affect your brain’s communication pathways and can even impact the way your brain looks and works. You can experience mood and behavior changes and find it more difficult to think clearly and to move with coordination. Drinking can also cause damage to your heart, liver, and pancreas, and has been associated with several types of cancer.

Steps to Stop Drinking

The NIAAA suggests that there are several steps you can take to help you stop drinking every night.

Put your reasons and goals in writing. Why do you want to stop drinking? Do you have a goal of better health? Keep a journal and be specific as you list the reasons and the results you’d like to see.

Remove alcohol from your home. Easy access makes it more tempting to have another drink. Not having alcohol available can keep you from drinking in the evening, particularly if you are already worn out from a long day of work and don’t feel like going out to the store to purchase more.

Resist peer pressure from friends and family members. When you want to stop drinking, it can help to let others know. That can also cause them to put more pressure on you to “just have one.” Stay strong in your determination and practice polite ways to tell them no.

Find something else to do. Maybe you drink at night because you have had a long day, you are tired and frustrated, or you are just bored. Find another activity to keep you busy and take your mind off wanting a drink. Go outside for a walk, work a puzzle, or play games with your friends or family members.

Addressing Your Reasons for Drinking

It can be helpful to address the underlying reasons for your drinking. Has drinking every night become a habit, a part of your routine? Are you using alcohol in an attempt to cope with stress and negative feelings that you are experiencing on the job? 

Take the time to think about why you are drinking and then work on some alternative methods of addressing those issues. You may need help with this part, so it can be a good idea to seek support from an addiction treatment professional. Even if you do not feel as though you are addicted, your need to drink every night means that you should make an effort to better understand the underlying causes of your drinking. Therapeutic support can help.

Find Strength in Your Faith

The first three steps in the 12-Step program are admitting that you are powerless over alcohol, that you have come to believe that a Power greater than you can restore you to sanity, and that you have made a decision to turn your will and your life over to the care of God. You can find the strength you need in your faith, knowing that all things are made possible through Him (Matthew 19:26).

California Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

When you need help to stop drinking every night, we are here for you. Please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Friday, March 26, 2021

White Knuckling Sobriety

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When something scares you, like a fast carnival ride, you might grab hold of the safety bar so tightly that your knuckles turn white. On the ride, you can hold on until it is over and the danger has passed. If you are attempting to give up an addiction to alcohol, you might try the same approach. You may just want to hold on tight until it’s all over. White knuckling sobriety does not work well, though, and could actually leave you with serious mental and physical health issues.

Willpower Is Not Enough

The first step in the 12-Step program is to admit that you are powerless over alcohol—that your life has become unmanageable. Your willpower may help you as you accomplish other goals in your work and your personal life. It is not enough when your goal is to overcome your addiction to alcohol.

There is a biological basis of addiction, which helps to explain why you need much more than willpower or good intentions to overcome it. White knuckling sobriety efforts may help you stay away from alcohol for short periods of time, but you cannot control your addiction successfully, for the long-term, this way.

Addiction changes the way your brain functions, says Dr. George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Koob adds, “A common misperception is that addiction is a choice or moral problem, and all you have to do is stop. But nothing could be further from the truth. The brain actually changes with addiction, and it takes a good deal of work to get it back to its normal state. The more drugs or alcohol you’ve taken, the more disruptive it is to the brain.”

Dangerous Withdrawal Symptoms

Trying to give up alcohol on your own can result in serious mental and physical health issues. You also face an increased risk of relapsing, or returning to your addictive behaviors, when attempting white knuckling sobriety. Giving up alcohol suddenly, without professional medical supervision, can cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms within just a few hours.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can result in a combination of emotional, mental, and physical symptoms, from anxiety to fatigue to nausea. You could experience tremors, headaches, an increased heart rate, confusion, nightmares,  and high blood pressure. Some symptoms can be severe, including hallucinations and seizures. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be life-threatening.

Addressing Underlying Issues

White knuckling sobriety may help you give up drinking for a few hours or a few days, but without appropriate treatment you will not have the appropriate tools to get to the root of your addiction. It is important to understand the underlying issues that led to your drinking and that continued your addictive behaviors.

You may have started drinking to try to cope with a traumatic event in your life. White knuckling your way through this scary time is not enough to help you understand the impact of the trauma and the alcohol on your life. You may have a family history of alcoholism or you may have felt pressure from a friend or family member to start drinking. Understanding the causes can help guide you through an effective and successful recovery.

Safe Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction treatment starts with a safe and medically supervised detoxification to help you manage the withdrawal symptoms in a healthier way. Detox will not only get rid of the alcohol in your body, it will also help you with a fresh start toward recovery, in an emotional, physical, and spiritual way. You will be better prepared to heal your mind and your body with clarity and hope.

Knowing that your willpower is not enough, it will also be important for you to ask for guidance and support from a higher authority. Daily prayer is an integral part of an effective addiction treatment program, both introspective personal prayer and group prayer. Giving up your intentions to forge ahead with white knuckling your sobriety, you will learn to “let go and let God,” sharing your challenges with a higher power.

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To get help with your alcohol addiction, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

What Does It Mean to Be Powerless Over Addiction?

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It is human nature to want to be in control of your life. In reality, there are many things you cannot control. An addiction to drugs or alcohol is one of those things. What does it mean to be powerless over addiction? It does not mean you cannot change your situation, to overcome your addiction and move forward toward recovery.

The First Step

The first step in the 12-Step Program states “we admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” The same powerlessness applies to drugs and other addictive substances that have taken over your life. Being powerless doesn’t mean you have to throw up your hands and say there’s nothing that can be done, though.

For people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, powerlessness means using against their will. If they cannot stop, how are they able to tell themselves they are in control? Even with the greatest amount of willpower and the sincerest desire to stop using, being powerless means they have no choice, they cannot stop using on their own, without appropriate help.

Admitting to Being Powerless

There is a reason that the first step in the 12-Step program is admitting to being powerless. Insisting that you can overcome your addiction on your own is not healthy or effective. When you are addicted, you have lost the power of choice. Willpower is practically non-existent.

However, when you admit to being powerless and to being unable to manage your life in addiction, you open the door to recovery. The memory of the humiliation and suffering you experienced just a week ago is probably already lost in your memory, but try to think about how you feel when you are using drugs or drinking.

Your concerned friends and family members want to help you, but you have to admit for yourself that you are addicted. As an individual who was addicted but who is now in recovery noted, “admitting powerlessness meant that no amount of trying or practicing or self-control was going to change the way that drugs and alcohol affect my brain. This concept is about accepting what is and what is not. Step one was a gateway to freedom and a proclamation of progress.”

The Next Steps

Ask yourself whether you can control your use of addictive substances. Most people will say that control is impossible, at least for any length of time. This clearly suggests that as someone who is addicted, you have no control over your use of drugs or alcohol. After admitting that you are powerless over your addiction, the next steps are geared to relying on others.

Step 2 emphasizes that we “came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” That is followed by step 3, which states that we “made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Being powerless means that we need to turn to others and to a higher power for the help we need to move forward with treatment and recovery.

The Writings of Paul

In Romans 7:18-19, the apostle Paul writes “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” The passage tells those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol of how the apostle Paul was also powerless over the sin in his life, apart from the power of God.

Paul had the will to do what was right but had the inclination to do what brought him back into the “captivity of sin.” When facing your addiction and taking that first step, you will also become aware of how powerless you are over your addictive behaviors. No matter how strongly you might will yourself to act in a certain way or to do (or not do) a certain thing, you will find that you are not able to carry through with it consistently. You have become powerless over your addictive behaviors and your life has become unmanageable.

The Good News

Being powerless does not mean that you need to give up and give in. Reaching out for help, through prayer and by seeking out a treatment program for your addiction, can help you overcome your addiction and move forward in recovery. As one individual put it, “I began moving from a lack of awareness into a new awareness and into the possibility of change. This cultivated the first glimmer of hope I felt in my sobriety – the idea that I was capable of living life in a different way. A new way of living, void of pain, and the awareness to recognize when I am powerless in a situation.”

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If you struggle with a substance use disorder, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

How People in Recovery Can Help Current Addicts

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When you have successfully completed treatment for your addiction and are progressing in your recovery, you have a lot to offer others. You have experiences to share and, more importantly, an understanding of what others are going through as they struggle with their own addiction. People in recovery can help current addicts in a number of ways, which can be beneficial to everyone involved.

Why Help Others?

Helping others can make you feel better and can actually help in your own recovery efforts. There have been many research studies that have shown the effects of helping others when you are working through your own addiction to drugs or alcohol. In particular, Case Western University’s Maria Pagano has done quite a bit of research on social connections and their benefits for addicts.

Pagano and her team have concluded that you can increase your chances of staying sober by up to 50 percent when you have a supportive network, your sense of isolation is reduced, your social anxiety is decreased, and you reach out to help others. Having a network of people who support you can significantly impact your ability to stay sober. You can be part of that network in recovery as you help current addicts.

When you help others, it appears to decrease some of the psychological markers of addiction that made you prone to your addictive behaviors. You will probably find that helping others leads to better interpersonal interactions and will certainly prove beneficial to current addicts that you are able to assist through your words and actions.


Just being in someone else’s life to listen to them can be a tremendous help for current addicts. In recovery, you participate in support groups where other people who have experienced the challenges of addiction and the rewards of recovery are there to listen to you. As someone in recovery yourself, you can help current addicts by being empathetic, understanding their situation and relating to their struggles. While the addict may have friends or family members who want to support them, as an addict yourself you can offer the listening ear they truly need.

Conduct Well-Being Checks

Isolation is a serious issue in addiction. Now, especially, people are feeling even more isolated as the pandemic has limited face-to-face interactions. One of the most important ways people in recovery can help current addicts is to check on them frequently to ensure they are doing well, mentally and physically.

Make a phone call, suggest a video chat, or communicate via text or email regularly. Social isolation has been linked to negative mental and physical health consequences such as poor sleep quality, depression, cognitive decline, and even impaired immunity. The longer the isolation continues, the more serious its impact on an individual’s well-being. Reach out and let the individual know you care about them and want to be sure that they are taking care of themselves.

Participate in Online Support Groups

During “normal” times, one of the most effective ways to help current addicts is to help out at support group meetings. You might give a ride to someone who needs to attend, help set up the meeting itself, serve coffee, and stay behind to chat one-on-one. As most support group meetings have moved online, you can still participate actively, being there as a supportive, encouraging person in recovery.

Connect on a Spiritual Level

When you are active in your faith-based recovery, connecting with current addicts on a spiritual level can provide the support and encouragement they need to get through some very tough days. Two verses that define our mission at Celebrate Hope can be very helpful for others who are struggling with overcoming their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Share with others that it is possible to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” as described in Romans 12:2. In recovery and in life, “the old life is gone; a new life has begun,” as we find in 2 Corinthians 5:17. This is an important message that can help current addicts, as well as yourself, as a reminder that addiction treatment and your faith give you a new life in recovery.

Help Them Find Help

Of course, the most important ways people in recovery can help current addicts is by guiding them toward the resources they need to get help for their mental and physical health. If you know someone who struggles with a substance use disorder, reach out and let them know they can get that help with Celebrate Hope’s faith-based addiction treatment program.

Encourage them to contact us to learn more about we help men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Healing Power of Faith | Addiction and Faith-Based Recovery

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As the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction continue in the US, there is hope. Individuals who recognize they need help and seek treatment can enjoy a successful recovery from their addictive behaviors. The healing power of faith has been shown to be a significant factor in recovery from addiction. Faith-based recovery can mean the difference for your health and your life.

The Substance Abuse Crisis

In the US, more than 20 million people over the age of 12 have a substance use disorder. Of those, at least 2 million have an opioid use disorder, including those who use or abuse prescription pain relievers. The CDC estimates that 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the country. in addition, suicide contributes to the death rates of those struggling with a substance use disorder.

Impact of Faith on Healing

Multiple evidence-based research studies confirm the positive impact of an individual’s faith on their health and well-being. Among individuals who are suffering from substance abuse issues, their addiction and faith-based recovery clearly demonstrate the healing power of faith.

The research has found that spiritual support and religious involvement can be integral to an individual’s ability to deal with substance abuse. In one study, 84% of clients in addiction counseling expressed a desire for a greater emphasis on spirituality in their treatment program. Faith not only helps in treatment, but people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have shown a lower risk of relapse in recovery when they are involved in spiritual programs that encourage fellowship.

A person’s effective use of the spiritual resources from their faith tradition, known as positive religious coping, has been determined to contribute to more positive substance abuse recovery outcomes. One study followed addiction treatment participants who had been addicted to alcohol. During a period ranging from two weeks to six months after enrolling in the program, the participants who relied on their faith to help them cope were less likely to be tempted to drink than those who had no such beliefs.

In addition, positive religious coping has been found to be effective when an individual is dealing with opioid dependence, which is an addiction with high rates of relapse. A research study found that increased positive religious coping was associated with less frequent opioid use and more frequent 12-step participation, which further reinforced the desire to stay in recovery and to stay sober.

Faith-Based Social Support

The Department of Health and Human Services for Mental Health and Substance Use has outlined the steps necessary to combat and treat substance use disorders, including clinical care, social intervention, and social support. Faith-based communities and organizations play a large and impactful role in the necessary social intervention and support for individuals recovering from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Part of their effectiveness lies in their ability to reach beyond the individual and engage the family and the community in the recovery process.

Sustained Abstinence in Recovery

Yet another study points to the fact that religious and spiritual beliefs and practices lead to lower levels of substance abuse in individuals. In fact, almost 82% of the clients who experienced a spiritual awakening during their substance abuse treatment and recovery were completely abstinent one year after completing treatment, as compared with 55% of those clients who were not spiritually awakened.

Substance Abuse Prevention Impact

In addition to the healing power of faith, it has been determined that faith can actually protect individuals against developing a substance abuse issue. In a study of over 11,000 adult women, significant reductions in alcohol and drug use by more religiously active women were found.

A separate research project showed that both men and women who use prescription opioids and who are rooted in their faith are less likely to engage in use of multiple medications or to use medications in combination with alcohol. Of those who participate actively in their faith, such as attending religious services regularly, a reduced rate of alcoholism and an increase in subjective well-being has been discovered.

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If you or a loved one struggles with a substance use disorder, please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program. Our team helps men and women break the cycle of addiction and begin anew. We rely on the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with evidence-based therapies to get individuals on the path of recovery.

Friday, January 29, 2021

How to Stay Sober During Times of Crisis | COVID-19

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The past several months have been challenging for just about everyone. If you are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. As someone in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may be facing additional issues in dealing with the stress. There are many ways to stay sober during times of crisis, though, even during the very trying era of COVID-19.

Don’t Use the Crisis as an Excuse

The isolation and restrictions that have been put in place as a result of COVID-19 have caused many people to change their lifestyles and their work habits. Some have found that they are gaining weight as a result of having to stay home and some are drinking more, as evidenced by the increase in alcohol sales.

However, when you are in recovery from an addiction to alcohol, you cannot use the crisis as an excuse to drink again. There are more positive steps you can take to not only stay sober during times of crisis, but to stay strong in your resolve to continue your recovery. 

Attend a Virtual Meeting

While you may not have the option to attend an in-person support group near you during COVID-19, many organizations have put their meetings online. You need this support more than ever now, to maintain your sobriety, so check out options that allow you to participate virtually. The new platform actually enables you to attend support groups that are not in your area, so you will also have the opportunity to meet some new people who are going through the same challenges.

Focus on Positive Possibilities

As one addict in recovery put it, “People need to sit down in a chair and quietly think, ‘What do I believe?’ Get to the root cause (of addiction) and give yourself a break. Try to come up with some answers for yourself. What’s the point of being sober? It’s about purpose and usefulness and being able to sit with all this. Why don’t you use the time to reconnect with the people who mean something to you?”

Stay focused on your recovery goals. Look toward the future of positive possibilities. Reach out to those people in your life who have been positive in their support and talk with them about what you are going through. They will appreciate the opportunity to speak with you again too!

You might even want to try a new hobby or a new project to help you stay sober during times of crisis, especially during COVID-19. A new exercise routine can be a great way to help you feel better, physically and mentally. Exercise releases brain chemicals called endorphins, which are designed to make you feel good. 

Find Healthy Ways to Manage the Stress

When you get stressed, you may find that you have an urge to drink again. First you will need to manage your urge, which typically lasts about 15 to 30 minutes. You can try chewing gum as a substitute or repeat a personal mantra to strengthen your resistance, such as “I am stronger than this, and it will pass.”

This would be a good time to start a journal too. When you feel stressed and have the urge to drink, take out your journal and write down your thoughts. Be sure to also write about the things that bring you happiness, the things that you are grateful for, and then take the time later to review what you’ve written, to remind yourself about the good things in your life.

Spend some time in prayer and meditation to help you stay sober during times of crisis. Meditation can help you relax as you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process can help enhance your physical and emotional well-being. As described in Step Eleven of the 12-Step Program, “when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support.”

Stay Sober with Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful crisis and many people have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. However, there is another way. Please contact Celebrate Hope if you are struggling with addiction. We are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have. Our team relies on evidence-based therapies along with the teachings of Jesus Christ to help men and women achieve long-term recovery.

Friday, January 15, 2021

How to Stage an Intervention for a High-Functioning Alcoholic

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In America, our society has created many stereotypes about alcoholism. Movies, TV shows, and even cartoons depict people with this substance use disorder as chaotic, struggling, and stumbling. In reality, an alcoholic may look very different.

Most people who struggle to control their drinking seem entirely normal. To confirm this, we need look no further than the current statistics: today, thirty percent of U.S. adults are estimated to have a problem with alcohol. These individuals are going to work, raising families, and navigating relationships just like the rest of us – however, they still need help. Today, we’ll guide you through the process of staging an intervention for a high-functioning alcoholic. 

What is a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

Alcohol is the most widely used (and abused) mind-altering substance around the world. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (also called the NIAAA), in a given year, over 26% of U.S. adults reported binge drinking at least once per month. Binge drinking is just one subtype of problem drinking: a pattern of addictive behavior that can lead to a substance use disorder. The more a person binge drinks or drinks heavily, the more likely they are to develop a problem – even if they seem completely fine on the surface.

Like all disorders, addiction exists on a spectrum. This chronic, progressive disease tends to get worse over time. When a person has developed a dependence on alcohol but is still able to function in daily life, he is considered a high-functioning alcoholic.

Functioning alcoholics battle constant cravings, problem drinking, or heavy drinking, but still manage to get through their day-to-day tasks. They maintain employment, complete school, and have fulfilling relationships. However, despite their outward appearance, they do not “have it all together.” Someone in this situation is often entrenched in deep denial about their problem. Until they experience some sort of breaking point – a DUI, health issue, or job loss – they are unlikely to seek help on their own.

Look for the Signs

Before you decide to stage an intervention, we encourage you to evaluate your loved one for the telltale signs of high-functioning alcoholism. While they may not display all the clinical criteria for a substance use disorder, many early symptoms may still be present. If any of these bulleted items remind you of your friend or family member, it’s time to take the next step.

Early signs of alcoholism include…

  • Difficulty controlling their drinking
  • High tolerance for alcohol (being able to drink a lot at one time)
  • Saying they will stop drinking (and being unable to do so)
  • Always wanting to go out or drink while staying in
  • Behaving very differently while intoxicated
  • Drinking at inappropriate times
  • Changes to mood, attitude, or speech
  • Regularly blacking out
  • Changes to eating or sleeping patterns
  • Using alcohol to unwind or reward themselves
  • Calling in sick or skipping social events
  • Drinking to build confidence in social settings
  • Joking about a potential drinking problem
  • Hiding alcohol or otherwise concealing how much they drink

Don’t Wait for Rock Bottom

You may be familiar with the old adage that you should let an alcoholic “hit rock bottom” before seeking help. In reality, we are called to help people well before this point. If you see someone beginning to struggle, do not wait until things get worse. Treatment is often most effective when obtained early in the cycle of addiction.

Staging an Intervention

Because a person in the early stages of alcoholism tends to hide their problem (and exist in a state of denial), it is important for loved ones to intervene. This process can be uncomfortable, but it is incredibly valuable and can even save a life.

First, speak with the rest of the family and decide who you would like to be a part of the intervention. While some people may be close to your loved one, those who will cast blame or react dramatically should be excluded from this occasion. Ensure that everyone involved knows that the tone of the conversation should be concerned and not explosive.

Next, plan what you will say and how it will be said. Each person should get a turn to speak, but try to keep everyone’s contributions relatively short. Interventions should not drag on for hours; the goal is to inspire your loved one to address their problem immediately.

After you have practiced, choose a time and date to stage the intervention. Be sure to pick a time when your loved one is sober; early morning is usually best. In the time before the conversation takes place, research treatment centers, iron out your financial options, and speak with admissions professionals from each facility. This will ensure that you have a plan for what your family member will do afterwards.

Finally, it’s time to intervene. As we’ve stated, a high-functioning alcoholic may be in deep denial about their problem. Don’t be upset if you have to repeat your concerns, or if things don’t go exactly according to the schedule you made. Instead, stay flexible and help everyone to list their grievances and provide the ultimatum. You can then help them to get to treatment.

While many interventions are successful, other people require multiple conversations before they finally agree to get help. Regardless of the outcome, set boundaries and support your loved one. Your continued involvement in their lives can guide them to treatment at another point in the future.

Christian Addiction Treatment for Alcoholism

At Celebrate Hope, our team of addiction specialists is prepared to help your family to walk with Christ and find recovery along the way. Through a combination of cutting-edge treatments and Biblically rooted counseling, we have helped hundreds of people to break the cycle of addiction. Please contact us today for more information about our faith-based treatment programs for alcoholism

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