Addiction has affected my life in profound ways. Being married to someone who struggled with addiction destroyed our family. Because of the loving care of my Savior through my church family, I was never alone and never hopeless, even in the darkest times. My pastors and my friends did not abandon me, they didn't shy away from mess. This is the example God used for the model for Hope for Addiction.
Three years after the launch of Hope for Addiction, addiction hit my family again with a devastating blow. My ex-husband died from prescription drug overdose. The darkness of addiction threatened to take me out again. But my church family stood strong with me and walked with me again, shining the light of Christ into the darkness.
There are countless programs for addiction, but nothing for what happens after rehab. How does someone actually live in sobriety and freedom? How do people live after the devastation of addiction? Literally learning to live life again. We need community to walk with us through life and help us know HOW to live. The church is meant to be this community.
There is great hope. Jesus Christ came to set us free, not just make us sober. If you want freedom, or if you desire to walk with someone on their path to freedom, please join us.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
I attended the first Hope for Addiction meeting in July 2014. My thought was to attend and help others with with their addiction. Shortly after I realized I had a problem with addiction myself. I entered a detox facility and have been clean and sober more four years. God has grown and changed me from the inside out. I was a Christian but was held captive by addiction. After a year of growing deeper in my relationship with Jesus, I had a desire to reach out to other women who were struggling just as I had. I love seeing God at work setting people free from addiction. Seeing the bondage of drugs and alcohol removed and being bound to Christ is something only God can do.
It is my greatest joy to serve people struggling as I did. The weekly meetings are encouraging and always point us to the One True God who is able to redeem souls and set them free. I truly believe that the journey I have been on has been for one reason: to glorify God in the ministry of addiction. People are dying, people are craving support, fellowship, mentors, and most of all hope.
I am blessed to be a part of this team and walk alongside women in need. I am excited for all the opportunities God is bringing to reach more people and have an impact for His glory. This is the game changer.
I had been praying that the Lord would show me the purpose He had for my life in the area of work. I was considering starting a Virtual Assistant business but didn’t like the idea of working alone. I interviewed with Liz and instantly knew that God had placed this ministry in my path.
My past experience includes Women’s Ministry Director for five years and leader of several other ministries in my church. I have a passion for helping people. I love planning events and enjoy spending time on social media. In hearing about the needs of this ministry I knew it was a perfect fit.
I attended my first Hope for Addiction support group meeting a couple weeks after being hired and was inspired, blessed, encouraged and emotionally connected by everything that happened at the meeting. I listened as a father shared his heartbreaking story of losing his daughter; another shared the difficulty of the daily struggle of life with addiction. There was such openness and honesty. I immediately felt connected to this group.
I love the mission and vision of Hope for Addiction and am excited about being a part of this groundbreaking organization that truly supports those battling addiction. It is not just a group of people getting together, it is a family!
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