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Andy Black

November 13, 2013  1:49pm

Thank you for sharing your story. All things kept in the dark are shrouded in fear and shame. Those areas we expose to the light become "seen" more clearly, not to mention the relief. Several months ago my wife and I changed churches. On the first day of attending we also sat in on an adult Sunday school class. We watched a short video of a pastor asking 6 non-believers why we Christians were viewed as hypocrites. After the movie as we began our discussion, the topic quickly turned to homosexuals in the church and their potential ordination. When it was my turn I asked, "I wonder if they think we are hypocrites because we spend our time talking about other people and their issues rather than our own very real issues. Why don't we get real and say things like, 'I struggle with porn/drug/alcohol/gambling addiction,' or, 'I'm really struggling with money issues?" Yes, it takes courage to share our lives with others but only in doing so will be become true conquerors.

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Dessie T

November 11, 2013  9:11pm

My heart fell when I read that your husband was taking 30 pills a day. Addiction runs in my family as my father, uncle and grandfather are all alcoholics. There is so much about chemistry and the brain that we yet don't understand. Personally, I believe that many addicts deal w/ anxiety, depression, other mental illnesses and/or physical pain. They take that pill or drink and it helps. And they take the next and the next and the next until they're completely physically addicted. Unbelievably, I became somewhat addicted to Percocet in two weeks after breast cancer surgery. I would sob and sob and my body ached horribly. We finally figured out what it was. So, I don't judge. I can't crawl inside the skin of another. Thank you for your honesty.

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Geoff Smart

November 10, 2013  1:32pm

I am very pleased that articles like this are being published and coming into the church domain. The whole concept of "Christians can't be addicted" is SO false, SO repressive. As Pope Francis said so brilliantly, churches should be field hospitals for the wounded, not "holier-than-thou" hideaways. Prescription pills are a huge issue, congratulations in facing this. Pornography is another huge issue lurking in the wings. This is made worse in church by all the misconceptions on the role of women in church. I reckon St Paul is horrified at the mess the macho male ego made of interpreting his writings.

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Deborah Beddoe

November 07, 2013  9:50pm

e 8305 -- Yes. It's very difficult to boil a 22 year journey down into 1300 words & impossible to address every point. I'm sorry it sounded like I was disparaging 12 step groups other than Celebrate Recovery. I was not. The reason I mentioned AA and NA, ALANON and NARCANON specifically was to illustrate our own ignorance, not to be dismissive of them. Perhaps if my statements had been in quotations it would have been more clear that those were our thoughts at the time -- but are not, in any way, now. However, my purpose in writing the article was not to point out a specific path to recovery as much as to show the naivete, pride, and misconceptions Dave and I had that not only led to and fed his addiction, but also prevented us both from getting to the path of recovery in the first place. And also, because of our experience, am compelled to point out that pill addiction, specifically, is becoming an epidemic very likely invading the church as it has in the general population.

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e 8305

November 07, 2013  8:36pm

"It was my own misconception that recovery groups didn't have any Christians" Wish this could have been made clearer in your original post- it's your post & story & you did a wonderful job! it's just really disheartening to see the stigma Christian's have attached to 12-step groups.. I really hope more believers will have a platform to speak on it's behalf, or just not speak down towards it.. it has created a barrier/stigma for Christians. Celebrate recovery is a relatively new program, it's amazing & has helped a lot of people, but it's not everywhere.. AA & Al-Anon literally have meetings, morning - noon- and night- anywhere in the world.. For those who need help, and do not have access to celebrate recovery, or want something more "anonymous" I encourage them to try it out.. my family is a living testimony to God's work and redemption in AA & Al-Anon.. We are believers, and encourage others to not put a box around God's route towards healing & freedom.

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