Substance Abuse Resources: 3 that work
In this blog, we provide 3 substance abuse resources that can help you or someone you know struggling with substance abuse issues. If you need to know how to get sober fast, read this article.
You can also use the free substance abuse locator at the bottom of this page if these aren’t what you need.
Substance abuse impacts your relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and every area of your life.
Finding good, reliable substance abuse resources can be challenging.
Relationships and substance abuse often go hand in hand as well as a lack of coping skills.
Either one person has been on the receiving end of a divorce, bad relationship, break up, or life event or the stress of dealing with life’s everyday issues.
These too much for one to deal with on their own, and often tries to escape their feelings by turning to drugs or alcohol instead of facing the pain and dealing with it head-on.
As someone who struggled with alcohol abuse and by the grace of God has been sober for over 5 years. I can tell you from personal experience, simply trying to mask the pain or running from the problem(s) will only worsen the situation.
By doing so, you will only add to the already difficult and painful situation, like adding gasoline to a small fire, it will ignite and create a bonfire.
The 3 free substance abuse resources mentioned below, I have tried personally, and while each one varies, I was able to gain a little knowledge and help from each one. Your journey to becoming free for substance abuse issues is a journey you need to take seriously and find the right help for you is important.
It wasn’t until the very last one (#1) that got me completely sober!
We here at fightingdads.com want to be a resource and testimony for people struggling with life’s issues. While we aren’t promoting one over the other.
Our goal is to provide you choices and let you discover which one you will choose on your path to sobriety.
I believe that no matter which one out of the 3, you can become sober and free from whatever you are struggling with! Just don’t give up!!!
Here are 3 free Substance Abuse Resources
3) AA- Alcoholics Anonymous and NA- Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international organization and offers free services. It has been one of the most known and used substance abuse resources for decades.
It was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. They went on to develop what is commonly known as AA’s Twelve Step program of spiritual and character development.
They offer services globally and in most cities multiple times of the day and night, 7 days a week.
Here are the 12 Steps as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
- Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I’m certainly not saying that AA doesn’t work. Recovery is a road that you must find for yourself.
The 12 step program is good and a great start for someone who is seeking help
2) Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is more of a faith-based, Biblical approach substance abuse resource to help relationships in addition to “addictions, hurts, and hang-ups.”
I like this program because they do admit that their “higher power” is God and having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A little history about Celebrate recovery is as follows.
Celebrate Recovery started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and has grown worldwide. There are now 35,000 Celebrate Recovery churches around the world, and that number continues to grow.
“We are part of a movement that is bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken through working Celebrate Recovery’s Step Studies, The Journey Begins, and The Journey Continues. They also provide services for other substance abuse resources as well.
To date, over 5 million individuals have completed a Step Study. Source- www.celebraterecovery.com
This service is free of charge and typically meets weekly. Both organizations mentioned above are also strictly anonymous and takes your privacy and concerns very seriously.
Many of the members and people there are in fact former, alcoholics or substance abusers themselves that have become clean or sober. They speak from experience and are there to help you.
I thought this was and is a great program for substance abuse issues. In my opinion, it’s a little better than AA alone because it does dive a little more into the root of the addiction.
Again, while each person’s journey to recovery is different. We want you to get sober. Period. And you can. The best article we have written to date is How to get sober fast. It’s also free. You have to be committed 110% or more for it to work. But you can get free from substance abuse issue in 60 days or less.
1) The Holy Bible
Yes, I know. That’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but after struggling with substance abuse issues for more than 10 years. This book is the one that changed my life forever and actually set me free!
I went on a personal mission to search to find freedom. For 60 days straight, I focused on reading the Bible and working (and sleep of course).
My journey toward freedom consisted of getting in the Word, every morning listening to the Bible while driving to work, at work, after work, and before bed.
By shutting out all other distractions and focused on finding out what God’s Word said. Constantly reading and listening to the Bible work.
In addition, I reached out to people to pray for me, that I knew was believers in the power of God’s Word.
All of a sudden, I went from being sober not just for 1 or two days, but two and three weeks. Then from two and three weeks to two and three months!!! I’m free and you can be too!
Was it easy NO!!! …Was it worth it YES!!!… God has done so much in my life since then I can’t even put into words.
One of the most grateful things that I am thankful for is the fact that God restored my relationship with the woman that God had specifically created for me, as well as, repairing my relationship with my daughter despite the obstacles.
Even being awarded 50/50 shared custody. None of which would have been possible if the decision to get free from the substance abuse and God’s amazing grace. Every day try to spend time in God’s word an attend church on a regular basis. It will make a huge difference in your life and your loved ones.
Whatever your situation is, or whatever issues you are dealing with. Don’t give up!
There are substance abuse resources available. In order for you to walk, you first have to crawl. Before you can run, you first have to walk. It takes time, effort, and work.
It wasn’t always easy. But again, It’s worth it to be free. I care about you and most importantly God cares about you! Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
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No matter what. God is waiting for you to come back home…