I was raised in a Christian family and accepted Christ when I was eight years old. However, I did not follow Christ, had no interest in scripture, and my life eventually ended up in alcoholism and drug addiction. I was lucky in that when the time came for me to get sober I was blessed by God to have enough faith in Jesus Christ ( I guess from what I had learned as a kid), to free me from my addictions in spite of my rebellious attitude. I went to AA for thirteen years, never really saw any value in the 12 steps but did them because that's what everyone else was doing. While I was in the 12 steps I searched for peace and happiness in new age philosophy, Zen Buddhism, meditation and other dead end pursuits. I lived in five countries during those thirteen years and never found peace or joy anywhere or in anything. But as I searched, I still believed in Christ but did not follow Him. I was fooled by the world and the 12 steps into believing that all I needed was a “God of my own understanding,” and that I had what was needed inside myself – I only needed to “Recover” it.
The years in AA and the 12 steps only ended me up in a psychiatrist's office, being diagnosed with ridiculous “Disorders,” and being made crazier by useless and damaging psychotropic drugs. But through it all God kept me sober in spite of myself. I was literally saved from my addictions by God's grace as I worked against Him and I did not deserve it.
When I left the 12 steps and started searching to discover who Jesus really is I began to experience true freedom and peace. Through prayer and scripture I gradually started to change. God put people, books, and circumstances in my life that helped me to know what Christianity really is and can be when the falsity that this world has tried to paint it with is removed. There really is true freedom through Jesus Christ and I am so blessed to have been called to faith in Him and saved by grace.
The profound truth for me is that my “Recovery” is now a non-issue. I no longer maintain my sobriety on a daily basis like I was fooled by AA into believing I had to do. My recovery is now a blessed by-product of my salvation through Jesus Christ. I have been transformed by Christ's love and need nothing more than Him for any issue or circumstance that I may face.
Over the last eight years as I've followed Christ I have felt the desire to help other people who are either lost in addiction or lost in the 12 steps or other secular programs to know the truth of Jesus Christ. I feel the need to help others avoid the years that I spent in what is basically a 12 step cult that leads so many far away from the truth of salvation through Christ. It seems the reason that God kept me in the 12 steps for so long was so that later on in my life I could help others steer clear of them and come to put their trust in Him.
I guess because of the years of brainwashing in AA and the 12 steps, I originally believed that "There must be a program!" and what I needed to do was to write a “Christ Centered and Scripture Based Recovery Program.” I spent a couple years putting it all together, and then teamed up with a guy for a while that had a psychology degree and we finished writing the first draft and actually put it into practice. But it soon started to become clear to me as I prayed and relied more on God's Word that what we had put together was still man made and relied on psychology and 12 step principles instead of the Lord. So the partnership broke up and I began re-writing the process and removing anything to do with psychology or hinting at the 12 steps. After about a year of revising I finally learned that it had all been a big waste of time – all anyone needs to overcome any addiction or alcoholism is to come to Christ and seek to follow him completely. Every answer we could ever need is in His Word.
So, Recovery Reformation is simply groups of people either seeking to overcome addictions or just regular life problems gathering in fellowship and learning how to grow closer to Jesus Christ and to follow Him more completely, and people are finding freedom and being transformed!
Our guidebook for Recovery Reformation was written by 40 authors - some of the greatest minds in history, over a very long period of time. It is the absolute authority in overcoming any problem whatsoever that you may be struggling with -
If you are familiar with AA and 12 step meetings then you know that there is lots of talk about “Me and My Problems.” The environment is usually quite negative, with foul language, and not much tolerance for anyone who even mentions Jesus' name. The amazing thing that we have witnessed at Recovery Reformation is that almost all that is discussed is Jesus and the Word as we delve into scripture and no-ones problems seem to really matter anymore! Christ raises up and transforms those who truly believe in Him and seek to know Him!
You do not have a disease or a "chemical imbalance of the mind." We all, as human beings are born into sin and rebellion against God. And until we are blessed by grace through faith in Jesus Christ we will never find truth or freedom. It is only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that we can ever have victory over sin.
There is a way to true lasting freedom - the troubled mind in conformity to this world can be set free and renewed through the power of Christ. While there is a myriad assortment of addictive and compulsive behaviors that many people in modern society suffer from, they can all be defeated through genuine, true faith in Christ and a transformation of the spirit, mind, and body. There is hope. There is a way to overcome and win the battle. A way that leads to a joy beyond what you could ever imagine.
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." - John 8:34-36
John 5:5-9 &14, "One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, 'See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.'"
No steps, no programs, nothing of this world. Throw away the Big Book, the 12 X 12, the steps, the Celebrate Recovery manuals - all the garbage this world fools people into thinking they need to work through before coming to healing and freedom by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Just the healing love of Jesus Christ is all that is needed.