99Relapses Podcast Episode #3 Part II Show Notes
Hi, I’m James Egidio and welcome to the 99 relapses podcast, the podcast that moves you from recovery to discovery through the grace and mercy of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, this is episode number three, part two, which is a continuation of episode two. Titled five pillars to successful Christian addiction and recovery otherwise known as S.P.A.C.E., which stands for Stabilization. Professional Help, Accountability, Courage and Endurance. In this episode, I will finish up by discussing the five pillars to successful recovery from addiction as a Christian. Which of course is the main point of these two podcasts episode number two and three.
To recap in episode number two, part one I discussed some of the key points and understanding addiction as a Christian such as during an out of control addiction, it’s sometimes hard to understand how out of control your addiction really truly is I also mentioned that the only way to gain that understanding of your out of control addiction is through God’s wisdom through the word in the Bible and through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also mentioned and I discussed that addiction is spiritual warfare and sin, and knowing and understanding that you need to go to the cross and repent and ask for forgiveness and know that Jesus Christ shed his blood at Calvary and died for our sins, but he did show life in his resurrection in that by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior, he gives us a new life and freedom from your addiction and I mentioned as well, that addiction takes a toll on you Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually, and Socially and finally, and most importantly, I emphasize that addiction takes its greatest toll on your spiritual health because Jesus Christ lives within you through the holy spirit and that every time you engage in addictive behavior you’re defiling the holy spirit. Your addiction is not about you, it is about God, it’s about Jesus Christ.
In this episode, I will finish up by discussing the five pillars to successful recovery from addiction as a Christian, through S.P.A.C.E. Which again, stands for Stabilization, Professional help, Accountability, Support, Courage and Endurance.
The first of the five pillars that I’d like to discuss. Is stabilization and you may be asking what a stabilization. Stabilization is a period during an out of control addiction that requires dry time or abstinence from that addictive drug or behavior, of course relapse prevention could be rather challenging unless you have some dry time under your belt, and I get many clients that will come to me. in the middle of their addiction and it’s out of, it’s out of control addiction and I’ll say I need help. Desperately need help and one of my first questions I will ask is how long have you been dry from your addictive behavior and they’ll say I’m still using, unfortunately,. when they’re in that state of mind they’re not sure what they really want and, I have made the effort to try to help clients in that situation, but sooner or later because they’re in the middle of that addiction and it’s out of control they just never follow through they usually just quit seeking the help or getting the help that they’re getting through counseling and coaching. Of course, a lot of Clients ask the question how do you prevent relapse and acquire stabilization if you’re dealing with an out of control addiction with no dry time? And where is the starting point of stabilization? And that’s a good question.
And over the years of coaching and counseling clients. I seen stabilization from both the secular and faith-based side of coaching and counseling. And I’ve witnessed sobriety through stabilization, running the gamut in a number of ways. For instance on the secular side in a medical clinical setting before I was a saved Christian and before I got involved with faith-based recovery and addiction and coaching clients I was assisting clients who were being treated with medication and no faith-based foundation and depending only on that medication for sobriety and what I’ve found is that the clients who were on the secular side of recovery and just depending on the medication we’re, depending on that as a Lifesaver, and it was helping but it was just merely the medication that was helping them and of course they would relapse it was a revolving door of relapse. I mentioned that in episode, number two and, of course I’ve seen some clients who recovered “cold turkey” being treated with medically supervised medication but it’s rare, very rare especially when it comes to addiction to heroin, pain medications and being medically supervised with medication.
On the flip side of have of addiction and recovery on the faith-based side I have seen most clients finding themselves in situations where they end up. Let’s say for instance, in the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and they were homeless, and after losing everything and being besides themselves, with their addiction they open up their heart and mind, to faith and to Jesus Christ and make a full 180 degree change and turnaround in their recovery with no relapse. And I’m not saying that everybody that’s had faith-based. Recovery or went through the faith-based recovery model have completely abstained from using an d found full sobriety, they have relapsed, I worked where I found most clients who were gone through secular recovery are the ones who have relapsed.
I had a client. As an example, his first name was Willy and he was living in the streets, he was homeless and he was a meth addict and he had lost $700,000 inheritance, living under a tunnel in Las Vegas and he had gangrene in his toes from diabetes and he wasn’t being treated for the diabetes but he was also addicted to methamphetamine and he ended up in the hospital and having to have his toes amputated and it’s not until he got into the Las Vegas rescue mission that he made a full turnaround and realized what he had subjected himself to, but as he had mentioned to me, In a conversation one on time he said, if it wasn’t for the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and faith-based recovery he never would’ve got out of the streets and there’s a lot of clients like Willy who have gone through treatment and have gone on to live normal lives. that’s the power and faith.
Patients on the secular side that I’ve coached and counseled who were being treated with medication therapy and no faith based recovery relapsed the most. The power is in faith and seeking Jesus Christ for full restoration and as I had mentioned in episode number two, The answer is found only in God through the word and through Jesus Christ.
You have to realize that addiction of course, is sin. And it’s not about you. To think that would be selfish. It’s about Jesus Christ and it’s about the Holy Spirit that lives within you and you as a believer in Jesus Christ. When you realize that’s when you’ll reach that moment of stabilization.
Successful stabilization is dependent also of course, on the addiction and the type of drug. Whether it’s methamphetamine or cocaine or heroin as opposed to let’s say a behavioral addiction and it’s also dependent on inpatient versus outpatient counseling and coaching. But unfortunately, stabilization is one of the biggest obstacles, but not impossible to overcome through faith. it’s The only way you could become stabilized is through your faith. And our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. There’s a really good verse from. Matthew. Chapter seven verses 24 through 27 that resonates with so much truth in seeking stabilization through an addiction and that’s where Jesus talks about building a solid foundation and it starts with by saying anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in Torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house it won’t collapse because it’s built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house it will collapse with a mighty crash.
The next thing I want to talk about. In the five pillars to successful recovery and addiction as a Christian is professional help professional help in the secular world runs the gamut with various programs which are primarily, self-help or self dependency programs and ultimately lead to shifting the blame for your addiction on exterior sources that are, of course, beyond your control, they discount the healing power of Jesus Christ but when in faith the difference is you allow the holy spirit that is in indwelt inside you to move you in the right direction for this professional help that guides you and direct you through scripture and through like-minded Christians.
My advice is that anytime you’re seeking any type of professional help, For addiction and recovery make sure that it’s Christ centered recovery, I have counseled clients and coach clients who have gone through NA. ,AA 12 step programs which were originally set up to help guide clients through Godly principles or at least they proclaimed it be based on Godly principles and these programs have strayed into the secular world. The conversations that I’ve had with clients, is that, they ended up minimizing God to none other than a higher power, and took the teachings of Jesus Christ right out of the recovery process.
Case and point , clients who had gone through these NA and AA meetings, I’d have conversations with would say things like I believe in a higher power, like Buddha or there are, they’d say something like, there are many paths to faith and we know this is just not true. Many of these clients, of course, relapse within a short period of time and you have to realize that full recovery from addictions can only work by having a direct relationship with Jesus Christ. The world doesn’t need more religious people we need more people who have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and new love more, and so when seeking professional help make sure that it’s in accord with the Bible and Bible teaching. In the book of John chapter 14, verses six through seven, Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me. If you had really known me. You would know who my father is. From now on. You do know him and have seen him.
The next. Pillar, is accountability and support and because addiction is triggered a lot of times by secrecy and isolation relapse prevention requires consistent and self-initiated accountability and follow through with meetings and commitments. The other thing that you have to realize; secrecy and isolation something Is it huge obstacle through successful addiction and recovery because you have to be transparent with loved ones you can’t hide your addiction with a spouse or a family member who you’re trying to hold back and be honest with. If it’s a drug addiction or alcohol or pornography or whatever it is, you need to be candid and just let the chips fall, where they may, by being transparent and honest with that close, loved one with you, because one of the biggest obstacles to successful addiction and recovery is accountability and support, church groups like celebration for recovery are excellent support groups to get involved with that are supported by a lot of churches throughout North America. These groups, have like-minded Christians such as yourself that are going through addiction or recovery. What’s nice about celebration for recovery is that they are break, are broken up into subgroups depending on the addiction as well as broken down, even further into genders. You can also go to my website, which is 99 relapses.org. And you can double click the shop tab at the top of the website and you will see many books and Bibles that cover a multitude of topics, including books from celebration, from recovery or for recovery. That is.
So support groups and support from family and friends are an important part of recovery in the relapse prevention process and again, Like I said, I’ve posted some Books and some resources on my website that you can go to and of course also on the website, there are free resources for doing some exercises and tools that are in accord with this podcast, and that’s for every podcast that I put out there. One of the verses that I want to share with you that has to do with this struggle with addiction and recovery and of course, accountability and support comes from.
First Peter. Chapter five verses 10 through 11. Which reads and his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while he will restore support and strengthen you and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever. Amen.
I’m going to take a short commercial break. And when I come back, I’ll talk about the last two pillars to successful recovery from addiction as a Christian in which our Courage and Endurance.
Welcome back to the 99Relapses podcast in this last half of the podcast, I’ll discuss the last two pillars to successful recovery from addiction as a Christian which are courage and endurance
When we talk about courage, especially when it comes to an out of control addiction and where you’re stabilizing and you’re seeking professional help and you have accountability and support in your support groups it’s going to take a lot of courage while you’re going through the recovery process to face difficult memories and situations in your life that you may have experienced and trusting God and others is going to become one of the most important assets to drumming up that courage during a transformation to a sober and faith based life it takes courage to trust and of course that trust means trusting your support structures and trusting yourself, but more importantly, trusting God. Trust, of course, also comes with taking risk and you cannot take risk and move forward without having faith in God. That’s one of the most important Things. The Bible mentions the word courage and courageous in the following verses.
It talks about in Deuteronomy 31, 6. Be strong and courageous and do not be afraid and do not panic before them for the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will never fail you or abandon you. Joshua one nine reads. This is my command, be strong and courageous do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
And of course, this includes being honest with yourself and others with this courage, that you trust the circle of people that you surround yourself from with like-minded believers.
And if you’re still struggling with your addiction, and you’re still engaging in your addiction be open and candid with those you trust, do not be afraid to ask for prayer to be prayed over. Try to be consistent with your groups, if it’s a celebration for recovery for drugs , alcohol, pornography make sure that your candid and open and have the courage, to confess and talk about it. And like I said, pray of it,, that’s so important.
The last of the five pillars to successful recovery from addiction as a Christian is Endurance and of course, it’s going to take a lot of endurance as Christians we’re called to endure, we’re called to endure and faith in fact, the apostle Paul talks about endurance and be strong.
Of course be courageous, which we just talked about, but endurance is defined as the ability to persevere in a task or a calling and like I said, as Christians, especially new Christians in faith, we’re called to endure in the face of trials and opposition and endurance brings of course spiritual rewards and blessings , granted, there may be times when you struggle with your recovery and with temptation and perhaps even relapsing, but patience and endurance will bring multiple blessings on the other side of that struggle so this is something that’s really important we have to realize that and you have to look at it like this; you have already endured a painful life with addictions, childhood hurts and difficult relationships, now is the time to embrace Jesus Christ in your addictions and recovery and give yourself the time and space to learn and relearn you relapsed patterns and sabotaging behaviors are what got you where you are but if you apply these five pillars to successful recovery and addiction, you’ll get through it. But most importantly is having faith in Jesus Christ, knowing that he’s there for you each and every time. I want to share a verse with you before closing out which comes from.
2 Peter 1:5-8 which reads in view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence and moral excellence with knowledge and knowledge with self-control and self-control with patient endurance and patient endurance with godliness and godliness with brotherly affection and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful, you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I would like to close this episode with a prayer. Heavenly father, we just give you so much thanks and so much praise Lord. We lift you up to the highest throne and we just thank you so much for each and every day that you give us Lord. We just thank you so much for being an omnipotent, omnipresent God Loving God, a God who continues to. forgive us for our inequities and our sins and the things that we do, we know that we have to continue to lean on you and come towards you Lord each and every day for our strength and courage and as I pray, Lord, we just thank you so much for your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, who you brought here in a physical body, in a body that was sacrificed and placed on the cross we didn’t deserve that ultimate sacrifice that Jesus Christ provided for us out of love to wash away our sins clean and white and we’re so grateful for that Lord and as I continue to pray, Lord, I just pray personally pray for all the people that are listening to this podcast and this episode that through a discerning spirit through the faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ that you place a hedge of protection around them and provide them with that strength and the courage to get through their chains of addiction and that you reach them through their heart, through faith that you provide them with the stabilization and that they they get the professional help and they get the accountability and support that they need and they drum up the courage and the lasting endurance to get through their addiction and Lord, I just pray for that and pray for this ministry the 99 relapses ministry that we reached in touch the hearts and souls of everyone that they see the light and that they see the healing power of Jesus Christ with addiction and I just thank you so much in your son’s name Jesus Christ Amen.
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