What we believe about Addiction and the Faith-Based Recovery Approach to Addiction.
There are well over 25 million addicts in America. Every addict significantly impacts the lives of at least four people, which means that well over 100 million people in our society are impacted by the devastating results of addiction and are in search of hope and healing. At some point, the addicted will look instinctively to our local churches for answers. In order to reach them, we must be ready to minister to the addicted and their families.
Over 400 studies have been conducted on the role of faith in addiction recovery and these studies have found a success rate of 40%-60% in most faith-based programs. 1
What Is Addiction?
- by one definition is “to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.”
- by another definition is “to occupy oneself or involve oneself in something habitually or compulsively.”
- an unnatural obsession with anything other than God.
- any appetite on a binge.
- anything you continue to do knowing it is harmful for you.
- a disorder caused by sin.
- anything that brings you into spiritual bondage.
- being under the rule of anything other than the Holy Spirit.
- anything to which I run to meet my needs apart from God.
- is any coping mechanism I use to deal with disappointments.
- is any sin, because all sin is addictive.
What is the RU Recovery Program?
RU is a faith-based addiction recovery class, that started in 1996 in Rockford, Illinois. It offers classes, programs, and residential help for addicted men and ladies, and has now expanded into churches, prisons, and communities across the US and around the world.
RU takes a “whole” man approach. We acknowledge the mental and physical side to addiction, but we also believe there is a spiritual side to addiction. We provide support and hope to those dealing with addictive behaviors through faith, the church, and weekly classes. We have a complete curriculum that includes accountability and progress tracking. We have become accepted as a Faith-Based alternative in drug courts across America.
You may be asking…how does the Faith-Based Approach work?
Faith in Hope
At our Friday Night classes, we don’t focus on war stories of addiction. In the first hour of our program, new students hear testimonies of victory and recovery over addiction. This way they can begin to see and believe hope and recovery is available.
Faith with Support
Faith-based addiction programs can serve as a bridge between the local community and (as we like to say at RU) “God’s Support Group is the Local Church.” Having a church family that loves and surrounds these individuals helps create a support network of family that the addict can rely on when the pressures of life hit. Many people who fall into addiction have burned bridges with their families and loved ones and don’t have a support group on which they can depend.
Faith and Accountability
A key to faith-based programs is the infrastructure to lovingly hold these individuals accountable. With faith-based programs, you have individual volunteers and staff that genuinely care about people and will go out of their way to hold them accountable while showing them real love.
Faith in a Personal Relationship
The “secret sauce” and the main ingredient to the success of the RU Program and many other faith-based programs are teaching our students to have a personal, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Faith-based recovery programs help people realize that they are not alone in addiction—and if they place their trust in Jesus Christ and depend on Him, they can beat whatever addiction it is that has them in bondage.
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