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Why does it matter? What difference does it make if Hope for Addiction exists? What impact is really being made? It isn’t enough to simply report that more than 24 people each week are attending the support group meeting in Gilbert.
Why does that matter? This is why is it matters… Because Hope for Addiction is here, reaching people with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ, six mothers are now being responsible for a total of twelve children. A short time ago these moms were living irresponsibly, bringing harm and damage to their families while being consumed by addiction. One of these moms now has the joy of being grandma to her two grandchildren. There are children who are not in the care of the state because their mothers are now sober and living for the Lord. Two men are no longer absent from their children’s lives (representing seven children and two grandchildren). Families are being restored and rebuilt, people have the support they need to face the wreckage they have caused and are learning how to live life without substances. Many now have stable jobs and are paying taxes and tithes. People are finding their place in their local churches and beginning to serve those churches. This is why we are here. This is why we walk with people in darkness so they can live in the light, where Christ brings weary hearts and souls hope, assurance, wisdom, strength, and courage to remain steadfast and faithful, perseverance to fight to do the hard work necessary to overcome addiction. They are living life to please another, the Lord, and no longer living for themselves.
Last year, I received a call from a father looking for help for his 40-year-old daughter who was struggling with an alcohol addiction. He agreed to bring his daughter the next day to our weekly support group meeting so we could visit and determine the next best steps for her. He hung up the phone filled with hope that he had found a gospel-centered option. The next morning he called me. The night before, the same day we spoke, his daughter passed away. Overdose. This devastated father kept saying, “It was only one more day.” He encouraged me to “Keep doing what you are doing. Don’t quit. People need help.” This is why Hope for Addiction exists and is active in the pursuit of broken and hurting people every single day. People are dying and hopeless, depressed and captive. They see no way out of addiction. Such a tragic and sad loss and we didn’t even get to meet her. This is exactly why we press on, seeking out those who need help and freedom from addiction.
Please pray for Hope for Addiction as we continue to reach broken people. The game changer is Christ and Christ alone. Freedom in Christ = Freedom from addiction. As sure as Christ rose and overcame death, there is always hope to overcome addiction. We are connecting the desire to change with the Power to change!
Thank you for the way you prayerfully support Hope for Addiction. Your prayers are our first line of defense. And, thank you for your financial partnership that keeps us on the front lines proclaiming the good news that people can be free, not just sober.
Because of Christ,
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Jenna came to us after leaving a long-term treatment program. At 25 and a single mom, she is uncertain and told us “I don’t know how to do anything.” She struggled to find a job because she was afraid and did not know how to interview or even have the courage to walk in the door of a business. She knows she will not make it on her own.
Because of the support from our donors, Jenna is receiving the help she needs to begin her new life. Jenna has a job, has daycare arranged and is looking forward to starting her new job this month.
Why is this so amazing? Jenna’s parents are still living in their addictions. Some of her earliest memories are of parties in her home. Growing up she had to fend for herself and has had no training for life or parenting. Jenna walked away from that life knowing she and her four-year-old son would not survive. Jenna now has the support, discipleship and tools to live this new life and be the mom she never had. This would not be possible without people who partner with us!
We are thankful for those who have been a part of Jenna’s journey, not just to stay sober, but be free! The road ahead is daunting, but because of supporters generosity, Jenna and her son Ben have what they need to move forward in freedom.
This is why Redeemed2Repeat exists! We are truly thankful for each hero that has been part of giving Jenna and Ben a new life. Because of our supporters they are not a statistic. They now have hope for the future and Jenna is no longer lost in addiction!
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I was born April 4, 1995, to Robert Klingensmith Beck III and Elizabeth Beck in Phoenix, Arizona. The day after I was born my dad took off for a love affair with the bottle. This would be indicative of what most of my life would be.
My earliest two memories involve my father. First, I remember my mom holding me while talking to police officers when my father went missing. The other memory is building a snowman family with him. I made each snowman anatomically correct to show him how “smart” I was. I adored my father and constantly sought his approval. Every time I made a point about something happening in a ball game or something outdoorsy, it would follow with, “Huh, Dad?” He would always reply, “You’re right Gracie,” even if I was completely wrong. My life was filled with extreme highs and extreme lows with my father.
When I was in middle school I was a troubled kid. I talked back to teachers, didn’t do homework and had conflict with mean kids in class. Things at home made me feel as though I was not important, that I needed to act out to get attention. My father was, what seemed constantly, going on binges. Every few months it would get to the point of taking him to the hospital so he could detox. When he was on medication he was reserved to his bedroom all day, every day. A child living in this environment begins to ask questions like, “why does he choose drugs over me?” “Am I not important?” “Does he not really love me?” “Am I the cause of his alcoholism?” None of that is true.
My father’s childhood was filled with one tragedy after another, but the worst part was that he had no outlet to deal with his deep wounds and suffering. The only thing that helped ease the pain was drugs and alcohol.
My relationship with my father was rocky and sometimes nonexistent. I distanced myself from my father because I loved him and it hurt too badly to be around him.
As I got older, the only time we talked was when the Steelers were playing, the Diamondbacks were doing well or anything college football. But he never owned up to the way he damaged our family and never was truly repentant for being an absent father.
Last year, I experienced some things that gave me a perspective on what my father dealt with. I didn’t want to feel or think, I wanted to escape, I wanted to die. God allowed me to feel a fraction of the pain my father felt, that same pain that led him to drugs.
People told me growing up, “Be careful, alcoholism is in your DNA.” I am destined to be just like him, right? Wrong! There is a commonly believed lie about addiction; that it is an illness, an incurable disease. This is a lie that releases people’s responsibility for their actions and condemns them to a life of affliction. Addiction is an emotional disease, perhaps. In its purest state, addiction is selfishness, pride and sin. Addiction may end with physical dependence on drugs, but it starts with loneliness, insecurity, guilt, suffering and more. All of us tend to use things to escape reality.
My father bought into this lie and died because he felt trapped. Robert Beck died on October 13, 2016, from an overdose of several different prescription medications.
After my father died I went into shock. I started going downhill, fast. I was unable to process or put into words the feelings I had. My grief was not just for my father, but for the relationship, I would never have with him, the one thing I wanted my whole life. I used alcohol, extreme sarcasm (being a jerk), Netflix binging and partying to numb the feeling of my heart being torn out of my chest every single day.
However, God began showing me that the things I turned to only made me hurt more. I’m sure if my father could tell me one last thing, it would be that he regretted the path he took in life, he wished he would have dealt with his issues instead of hiding behind addiction, and life is meaningless without faith in God.
I share my father’s story with you because it is my story. Everything my father did when I was growing up has shaped me to be who I am, good or bad. I know my dad would want me to express to others that the only way to truly heal your emotional wounds is to reach out to God, the only One who understands ultimate suffering.
I used to dread waking up in the morning. Now when I wake up, I am hopeful for the future.
Hope For Addiction saves lives, mine included.
I have learned that addiction is not different from the sin with which I struggle. The only difference is that addiction is ugly to society and Christians. Jesus sought out the outcasts. He loved them unconditionally. To me, that is the most poetic and beautiful way God works. I was the outcast, but God’s promise to His children is He will never leave us or forsake us. I have experienced that promise in my life, even through the suffering.
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Birthdays, holidays, family celebrations…. For most, these are happy times and we think on the past with fond memories. But for many, the pain of the brokenness of their lives makes these moments unbearable. Your partnership with Redeemed2Repeat makes it possible for these moments to be redeemed.
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Redeemed2Repeat is 100% funded through the faithful giving of individuals, churches, and businesses. As we finish our fourth year of ministry, we are praying for monthly partners to help us meet the shortfall in our monthly budget. Just 50 people at $60/month or 100 at $30/month will meet our monthly budget and allow us to look toward the next milestone of expansion (any gift is greatly appreciated!). Will you join us and bring hope for addiction? Thank you for being a part of God’s work in people like Mary!
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What if I told you that I didn’t think that addiction was a disease? Would you think that I was crazy or uninformed? If so, maybe I can change your mind. I believe that there are people on both sides of the fence that benefit from addiction being classified as a disease, both those who suffer from addiction and those who do not. Let me explain…
“Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop an addiction. Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist.” (Addiction as a Disease 2016). These are some very strong words and may prove to be quite convincing. When something is classified as a disease, it is owned by the medical profession, by doctor’s, psychologists and drug companies. If addiction is a disease, then it would be a disease like diabetes and cancer, one where there can be no permanent cure, because relapse could happen at any time. It would be a disease that is managed, with medication and psychiatric care.
Classifying addiction as a disease is beneficial to the person who is addicted, in a way it lets them off the hook for their addiction. A person addicted can now say, “hey, addiction isn’t my fault, I have a disease. Blame big pharma, it’s all their fault for creating the drug I abuse”. This is exactly where we are today, people blaming drug companies for creating medicines that have a legitimate use but are abused by some. The addict is let off the hook at every turn and is not held accountable for their part in the equation.
Society benefits from having addiction classified as a disease as well. You see, by classifying addiction as a disease, parents of addicts can remain in relationship with their children blaming the disease rather than the child. Social programs can be created to fight the disease, rather than to hold the addict responsible for their behaviors. Addiction as a disease creates an abstraction so that it is a disease that is being targeted and not the actions of individuals.
The lines are blurred daily regarding addiction as a disease. When the news comes across a story where a child is put in harm’s way because the parents are on drugs, it is totally the parent’s fault, but when a story is presented where a person is down and out because or an addiction, it is the addiction that is vilified.
What if addiction is not a disease, but a choice. Yes, it is true that the body becomes used to having certain chemicals in the system in order for things to function properly and this is the physical effects of addiction, but once the drug is out of the system, the body can once again function properly. This process is called detox and it required by anyone who has taken a substance for an extended period of time. This is no different than someone who has used caffeine for a long period of time when they go off of caffeine, they suffer from headaches and other physical symptoms. Once that phase passes, it is as if they never consumed caffeine at all. It is the same for other substances as well, once a person is weaned off of opioids, the body begins the process of repairing and restoring processes that were interrupted in the presence of the drug. Once the physical desire for the drug is concurred, the only thing left is the individual’s choice to go back to the drug. This is not the case with something like diabetes or cancer, a person’s actions cannot affect the symptoms of the disease.
Addiction is a disease today because it makes it more palatable to society and to the medical profession. We live in a time where personal accountability is waning and blame should be placed on something other than individuals. This epidemic will continue until we are willing to throw away the moniker of disease and to treat individuals as responsible for their choices. If we choose to ignore this call, there will be generations of people who will suffer because of it.
Guest writer and “Hope for Addiction” group leader
If you need help battling addiction, please contact us. We can help! There is HOPE!
Life has been hard, challenging, disappointing. Situations have left you with an ache in your soul. You find that alcohol or pills or meth or heroin makes this ache go away. A lie, because when the high is gone, the emptiness is back and you are once again facing all that you are trying to forget. So you use again. And again, trying to maintain the comfort and peace that you desperately need. Before you know it, you are trapped in a vicious cycle and you can’t stop. You disappoint your family, you do things that don’t make sense, your life begins to slip away. Our world tells us that a person that struggles with substance abuse is not to blame and they have a disease, they cannot change, this is who they are and who they will always be. They might be able to be sober, but they are forever identified as an alcoholic, addict or in recovery. Their struggle has now defined who they are. Bondage begins with a lie and this lie is sending 142 people, literally to their deaths every day. This statistic hit home for me recently. In a four-month period, four members of my family and extended family died due to drug overdose. This reality sucker-punched me in a way that I cannot describe.
The drug problem in our country has been on a disturbing climb and each year the number of people addicted increases. In 2015 more than 50,000 people in the US died from overdose deaths. Drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in our country. When President Nixon began the war on drugs in 1971, he stated drugs were “public enemy number one” and ramped up a harsh crack down. Over the past 45 years the government’s stand against drugs has softened and today our government classifies addiction under mental illness and the latest buzz out of Washington DC is that addiction is not a moral failing. Bondage begins with a lie. As a nation, we have embraced this lie. The well-intentioned sentiment has only resulted in more people addicted and more people dying. The government is calling the opioid problem a crisis and they are looking for answers for freedom. With death rates rising, and the answer for change uncertain, the emphasis now is to simply keep people from dying. Let me tell you about some of the latest things that are either being initiated or considered.
Currently, Narcan is being prescribed to anyone who is a known opiate user. Narcan can be safely administered to anyone suspected of overdosing on opiates and it will cause the effects of the drugs to stop. The law was actually changed allowing anyone, if they have a friend or loved one who is an addict, to request of their own doctor (and the insurance company will pay) for a prescription for Narcan.
Something being considered, which is actually being done in Canada is safe consumption sites where people can go, shoot up under the observation of a nurse so they won’t die. Can you imagine this? What kind of existence is this? What will our world look like in 10 years if we do not stop the madness of this thinking?
Bondage begins with a lie. We, as a nation and even as the church, have bought into the lie that addiction is a disease and that people will always be addicts. While this thinking certainly softens the blow for addicts and family members, the reality is, this thinking keeps people hopeless and bound. The truth is that addiction is NOT who people are, it is what they struggle with. Bondage begins with a lie, but freedom begins with truth.
Redeemed2Repeat is different than any other recovery program you will find. Redeemed2Repeat shines the light of truth to the lies that hold people captive. We expose the lies and bring hope. Redeemed2Repeat is bringing hope and truth by telling people that they CAN change. They CAN be free. Not through any checklist of things to do, but by interacting with the Savior who died to secure their freedom and cleanse them of all their sins.
But it doesn’t stop there. This journey of change takes a lifetime. Getting sober is just the beginning. When someone gets sober, they face a world that they have so desperately tried to avoid. Everything is big, overwhelming and terrifying. In their addiction, people stop maturing so the simplest tasks can be impossible in their mind. They have believed and told so many lies that truth is foreign. When they get sober, they are thrown back into the world and told, “go conquer it!” Newly sober people do not know how to tackle the mess of their past, have no confidence to even walk into a business and ask for a job. What about hurt family members? How do you even begin to tackle that? Everyone around them seems to have it together and they are afraid to crawl out of bed and face this gigantic mess in front of them. Surviving is all they can do, so conquering seems impossible. No wonder 50-90% of people relapse. The emphasis of our culture is on prevention and treatment, but there is little available for transitioning back into society. THIS is where Redeemed2Repeat stands out. Not only do we help people understand that they can be truly free from their addiction, we help them with all the things they are facing. They need an advocate, an advisor, a counselor and a cheerleader. We have people that we are continuing to walk with three years later. The wreckage takes time to sort through and in God’s kindness, He doesn’t throw it at us all at once. Its a journey. This is what we do. We walk together. We encourage. We teach, we fellowship, we bring them into the local church where their lives will continue to be changed.
I told you about the government’s answer to addiction and after 45 years, it is evident that this answer is not working. I can confidently tell you that after three short years, since the start of Redeemed2Repeat, Jesus is the answer for true and lasting change.
What does this actually look like? How do we help people find comfort and peace? How do we help people in the very real, terrifying moments of life? Let me tell you about Sarah. She was so wrecked by anxiety that she could not work and was vomiting. She felt that there was something very wrong with her. As we talked, we recognized that her thoughts were out of control and her fear was so great that she was having a very real, physical response. For three hours we worked together to combat anxiety, to take control of her thoughts, change her thinking and to hold on to God with everything she had. Together we read through Lamentations 3, focusing on verses 19-23, over and over and over. We put on gospel-centered worship music to help focus her thinking. It was a brutal, three-hour battle. But as Sarah fought to hold on to truth, to change her thinking from the circumstances she was facing, and instead to remember the steadfast love of the Lord toward her and His promises for her, a beautiful thing happened. As her mind settled onto truth, her physical body became peaceful. The next two weeks, Sarah fought hard, using scripture to focus her thoughts. The fight for truth resulted in a new understanding of God’s love for her. Two weeks later she sent me this text, “God has really been helping me today. It’s just amazing when you realize that God actually really cares. He REALLY loves me! I mean I thought I knew that but now I KNOW it!” God changed Sarah’s heart as she desperately cried out and fought to hold on to truth and combat the lies. Her battle with anxiety will come and go, but she now has the tools to fight and does not need to escape through substances.
Brad came to Redeemed2Repeat straight out of rehab. Our team was working with him to settle into a sober living house and get a job. After almost two weeks of not finding a job and seeing a lack of effort to find one, we began to dig a little deeper into why. As first glance you might think that Brad just didn’t want to work and was unmotivated. The reality was that it had been so long since he worked that he was afraid to fail. He didn’t think he had anything to offer and didn’t know how to even walk in the door to ask for a job. We helped Brad to see the situation differently, to remember that God has his path already planned. The past no longer defines him. He can trust God to supply what he needs as he faces the monumental task of job searching. We helped Brad be ready to face a potential boss, how to present himself and how to have the courage to walk into a business. A few short days later, he had a job and is loving it!
Both Sarah and Brad need the church. They need help seeing that anxiety and fear and insecurity are not because of their addiction, they are part of being human. When people in the local church are equipped and understand the colossal obstacles that people who struggle with addiction face, we can help them connect to a Savior who can radically change their life. Redeemed2Repeat helps people understand that we are all the same and we all fight to believe truth.
When someone gets sober their problem doesn’t go away because the problem is not sobriety. The pain, the struggle, the destruction, all of it still there. The problem is they have an emptiness that must be filled and if not filled, it will again be filled with substances. Redeemed2Repeat brings the good news to people that only Jesus Christ can fill the void in them and give them the power to live a new life; one that is not only sober, but free. At Redeemed2Repeat, sobriety isn’t the goal, it is the result of a changed heart. Only the cross gives people the ability to look at their sinful past and the wrongs done against them and move forward in life, complete and new.
Culture tells us that people are not able to change, that they are always addicts or recovering addicts. Scripture tells us that through Christ we have been given a new nature, one that is free. Redeemed2Repeat helps people walk in this freedom, grow in their knowledge of God and thrive in the community of their local church.
Bondage begins with a lie. Freedom and hope for change begins with truth. In John 14, Jesus says that He is the way, the truth, and the life. In John 8, He says that those who know Him, will know the truth and the truth will set them free. He goes on to promise that whoever the Son sets free is free indeed. Bondage begins with a lie, but freedom begins with the truth. Truth begins and ends with Jesus. Redeemed2Repeat, brings truth, hope and lasting freedom.
Liz Beck – Founder & President, Redeemed2Repeat
Everything changed on October 13, 2016, my life never the same. Darkness is my constant companion and threatens to choke out hope. Every day is a fight. I have been desperate for God before as I have walked through many dark days but nothing like the past ten months. Facing each day, getting dressed, doing errands, the simple things of life a victory. Laughter and joy seem a distant memory. Retreat to isolation draws me. Simple joys of life are chores. Tears a constant threat and grief holds its hands around my throat. There are no answers to my questions, no ease to the pain.
The man that I loved with all my heart, that I gave my life to for more than 17 years died. Lost, alone and hopeless. The thing that I have dedicated my life to fight took his life. Addiction took him from me and my children. It took him from his parents and his siblings. I cannot understand this. I cannot comprehend the finality of this. The pain of the finality of lost hopes and dreams, of unresolved broken relationships, of what can never be. The brokenness of all those left to pick up the pieces. Some days it is more than I can bear. Alone. In the dark. Unable to say what is in my heart and my mind. I don’t know how to put into words all that stirs within me and the darkness that encompasses me, so I retreat. I can’t be around anyone. I don’t know how. Sometimes I can’t. It takes every ounce of strength, and faith just to make it through the day.
This is the reality. The reality of a broken world. The reality of sin.
The reality of losing someone you love in such a senseless way. The finality of brokenness that can never be fixed. All there is, the one steady, my anchor, whatever peace there is, whatever joy can be found, whatever light that keeps the darkness at b
ay, all I have at the end of each day and at the beginning of each day is Jesus. The truths of who He is and what He has done for me are all that keep me going, and barely.
This is reality, but there is a greater reality that anchors me and keeps me from being completely lost in the dark:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-23
My hope is only found in Jesus and in Him alone. I have nothing else. His faithfulness is great and His mercy never ends, it is there every day, every moment.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:4-5a
One day, Jesus will return and make all this brokenness new. He will make it all right. He will bring justice and take away all our pain and suffering.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus for the joy set before Him endured the cross for me. He looked beyond the darkness and pain and saw my need for a Savior, a way for me be free, to be saved. He is my example of perseverance. In considering Him, what He has done, what He has promised, I have strength to endure.
I am holding on to these truths. I am weary and fainthearted. I fight hopelessness and darkness. Tears freely fall daily.
All I have is Jesus. In the darkness and pain and hopelessness, God is faithful. He is good.
Even when it is dark, and hope seems a distant friend. One day my tears will be wiped away forever and all that is broken in me and around me will be new. Honestly, I can’t comprehend that day, but God promises this in His Word so by faith I wait and I fight to endure and trust His goodness.
Founder & Director of Redeemed2Repeat
Liz and her 2 children reside in Gilbert, Arizona. Liz founded Redeemed2Repeat to walk alongside, equip and care for those who struggle with addiction. There is hope, and lasting change is possible. People are lost in the hopelessness of their addiction but through Christ’s work on the cross there is freedom.
There is no charge for our services. If you need help, please contact us. There is HOPE, and FREEDOM is possible!
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