Addiction

By |2018-05-26T04:12:30+00:00February 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Four Pursuits

For years I struggled with addiction. And even today I still have the continuous gnawing in the back of my mind, attempting to draw me back. I have to continuously remind myself of the destruction it will lead me into. I am constantly tempted with the thought , ” You can control it, just a couple drinks and be done with it like normal people.” However, as painful as it is to admit, I am not “normal” in that sense. While I have failed miserably in the past, I have found some wisdom that has allowed me to continue on in the fight for recovery. Listed below are the four things we pursue as human beings in an attempt to fill the deep angst in our bones in this life. As an addict I can say the failure in these areas led me to greater substance abuse to numb or help ignore that these things were not doing what I was taught by society they would do.

SELF:

I was always taught by society that a better version of myself will always lead to a better life. I got involved in kickboxing, martial arts, and snowboarding. I joined the U.S. Army, deployed, and traveled thousands of miles throughout all of Iraq during one of the bloodiest years in that war. Once I got out I had a beautiful wife and three strapping young boys, I made a substantial amount of income, and a beautiful home. However, there was this angst inside of me screaming for more that I always tried to chase away with some form of substance, but to no avail was that void filled. A better version of you will truly never satisfy. You will always be your biggest critic and this is the lie that society rings from the bell tolls.

OTHERS:

When I was younger and on the “prowl,” and deep into my addiction, I was convinced that an innocent and straight edge woman would be able to straighten me out. However, I always found myself stuck in this limbo of trying to live in both worlds; in the darkness of my secret world and hers. When I became married, I always put an expectation on my wife that she could never meet, or anyone for that matter. I speak with younger college students and clients at our facility who seem to always miss this point. They are always attempting to find their identity in another person, that someone will complete them. Can they be your best friend? Yes! But they can never satisfy that deep urge inside of you for something more.

THE WORLD:

This is certainly a tricky one, because the world is fun and awesome in many facets. The truth is the world offers only temporary relief through your job, hobbies, or even dining – just to name a few. While these things are amazing they cannot define or complete you. The things you scramble for in this life to attain will end up in a garage sale or at the dump. Your job will be passed to another and the identity you strived so hard for in things will soon pass away.

RELIGION:

I know many of us could disagree in this area, but for the sake of conversation, allow me to briefly describe religion. It is our attempt to tilt the scales of righteousness in our favor, by doing good works. In reality, this is just SELF with a robe. You can never tilt scales that do not exist. In my past I always tried to do the right thing; serve my country, give change to the guy on the corner, or whatever good deed for the day I could attain. Unfortunately, just like the world it only satisfied for a moment before I was reminded how far from a good person I actually was.

What’s the point? The point is all of these things will fail you continuously. The world will tell you to go further and deeper; be a better you, find that one person, live life to the fullest, become a better person, and someday you will find serenity. While I can agree these are good things to strive for, they will never fill you. The world leaves out the foundation, the very void we so often seek to fill is and always will be found in Jesus Christ.

“But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 14:4 (HCSB) What Jesus is saying here is that you can continue to drink from the cup of the world but it will never satisfy, but He will fill you up in a way the world never could.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.…” Matthew 11:28-29 (HCSB) You have toiled and burned yourself out over these pursuits in life, they will never complete you, but He can and will if you are willing.

Here at Revival Recovery we aim to bring awareness to you or your loved one who might be struggling with substance abuse. To train them up and strengthen them and make them aware of these pitfalls. Without Jesus we are nothing. Take the next step and contact us as we humbly walk side by side into recovery through Christ!

Excerpt from Pastor Matt Chandler “Recovering Redemption” series.

addiction and craving

By |2018-03-22T15:45:32+00:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Bringing them back to Christ.

Whether or not an addict professes faith, the cold realities of addiction and craving force the addict to worship drugs or alcohol above all else, even God.Oftentimes, those caught in this negative and faithless cycle are powerless to break free on their own, and sometimes, they need a strong and concerted push towards God.

Interventions work, they can get an addict to accept their need for treatment and get them into a safe and sober place where they may once again connect with Christ, and find peace through Him. In an intervention, all those close to the using addict or alcoholic gather together, in love and faith, to show the addict that although they love him or her, that the addiction is causing too much pain – That only through a reunion with Christ and a separation from intoxication, can things get better. Family and friends will gather with the addict to share stories of addiction related hurt, to demand that the addiction get recognized, and to demand change.A third party will often guide the proceedings.

Interventions work, but they can be emotionally difficult, and they need to be run well – a rashly organized and fractured intervention can actually do more harm than good. It’s very important that all involved act with unity and love for any chance of success. Anyone living with, or around, a still-using addict knows full well what little good nagging, screaming or crying does; and so a new approach is needed.

Remember, you’re dealing with an addiction here, and an addiction lives inside like a demonic possession. It will try everything and anything to stay alive, and it is the cunning of addiction that makes addicts such master manipulators. An addiction will not relinquish its hold easily, and you cannot expect success unless you get educated, get help, and stay focused on the task at hand. Pray for strength and wisdom, seek outside council (a professional, or clergy) and use your God given resources to prepare fully for a successful intervention.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son – Dealing With Hard Feelings

Addiction creates pain, always, and this pain ripples deep through the family. Addicts can do horrible things while high, or while desperate to get high, and family members often bear legitimate hurt, legitimate anger.

But remember the parable of the prodigal son, and remember that the father does not rebuke the son for wrong living on his return; in fact he celebrates his arrival with a feast.

When his other, dutiful son, asks why he feasts for his badly behaving son’s return, he replies:

BUT WE HAD TO CELEBRATE AND BE GLAD, BECAUSE THIS BROTHER OF YOURS WAS DEAD AND IS ALIVE AGAIN; HE WAS LOST AND IS FOUND.”

LUKE 15:32

An intervention is not quite a time for a celebration, but it’s getting closer to that day. We must forgive so that we may celebrate a rebirth. We do not need forget, wounds may need healing in times to come, but through a family intervention (a family and Christ centered expression of love) we encourage a prodigal return, and soon we too may celebrate!Put aside for now that you are owed an apology. Forgive, for now, the wrongs that have been done and work together for the greater good. You will be rewarded.

Revival Recovery Services offers third party interventions and crisis prevention. We desire to help families identify and resolve the issue at hand as well as direct solution to the current struggle. We firmly believe that we serve a God of Divine intervention, and as co-laborers in Christ how much more should we be about interventions? Our heart is to see restoration, reconciliation, and a healing to wholeness that only Jesus Christ can offer. Contact us!

 

 

Lee, John. “Christian Intervention.” CHOOSE HELP. Accessed October 20, 2015. Some content in the original post has been omitted and/or modified to fit the heart and vision of Revival Recovery Services. Disclaimer: Revival Recovery Services has used Choose Help’s content to encourage and help those in need for drug and alcohol abuse. In no way is Revival Recovery Services affiliated with Choose Help or the author of the content.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Addiction

By |2018-05-26T04:10:51+00:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Your Mess, His Message.

In the life of addiction there are multiple dynamics at play. We hurt, therefore we seek to numb, and we feel guilt and shame, which leads to the increased use of numbing mechanisms. This is the cycle that has become the reality for so many today. There was a trauma in our life that we never learned to process, so we began to seek out ways to suppress the reality of these traumatic events.

The common herald of the world declares that a loving God would never allow such things to happen to us, therefore, “He” doesn’t exist. However, we find something quite different, “As for you (Satan), you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Gen.50:20 emphasis added).

“The Lord came ‘To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:7

  • Are you hurting?
  • Do you have a hole in your heart that nothing seems to fill?
  • Have you tried everything to fill it but have found yourself caught in a viscous trap of addiction?
  • Are you sitting alone in darkness in the privacy of your own home? “(Citation)

 

Truth be told, we live in a broken world with broken hearts and loving God that desires to right the wrongs of a fallen humanity through His Son Jesus. His approach? To touch one heart at a time and turn your mess into His message……

Here at Revival Recovery we desire to cultivate an environment for you to encounter the Living and Loving God, to deafen the noise of the world and hear the heart of Jesus for your life. You can turn this mess around and impact the lives of many. We are here for you. Know that you are not alone, so take the next step.

 

 

Revival Recovery is here for you.

By |2018-03-22T15:44:10+00:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You know in your head there needs to be a change, but your heart is disconnected and there is a fear of the unknown. Revival Recovery is here for you.

 

Here at Revival Recovery Services we seek to walk out this journey of recovery with you. Just as the Grace of God met us right where we were in our dysfunction, our heart is to do the same with you. His Grace not only meets us right where we are, but He is so good that His love refuses to leave us there. We are in this fight together, to bring about wholeness and true identity in Jesus Christ.

 

Matt 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”(MSG)

 

Credits to: Sermon: “A Theology of a Struggle” by Matt Chandler and MomentumHawaii.org
Music: “Quiet” by This Will Destroy You.
Video typography work is by Refresh Ministries.

 

Can you believe this?

By |2018-03-22T15:43:58+00:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

David McKenna

What do the movies American History X, Blow, and S.W.A.T. have in common? A man by the name of David McKenna.

Before his unexpected death in 2012 American screenwriter and producer, David McKenna, was rocked to the very core of his being…. What an incredible man and what an amazing story!!!

Credits to: I am Second®  http://www.iamsecond.com/

We thank you David McKenna for your courage to persevere and to love others. Your testimony will continue to touch the hearts of the hopeless.

Addiction

By |2018-05-26T04:13:55+00:00September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Addiction at the Top Pt.3

Famous Pro-Skater Ryan Ries had it all; the fame, the women, the toys, the drugs, but something was still missing…..

Credits to: I am Second®  http://www.iamsecond.com/

and for additional information on Ryan Ries: http://www.ryan-ries.com

Fieldy

By |2018-05-26T02:02:07+00:00September 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Addiction at the Top Pt. 2

Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu was a forerunner for the Metal scene side by side with Brian “Head” Welch in the band Korn. He too, found himself at the end of his rope……. And at the feet of Jesus.

Credits to: The Christian Broadcasting Network CBN http://www.cbn.com

Follow Fieldy: https://instagram.com/fieldykorn/ and   https://twitter.com/fieldyofficial

You can also find out more about Fieldy in his book “Got the Life” http://www.amazon.com/Got-Life-Journey-Addiction-Recovery/dp/006166250X

Drinking Alcohol

By |2018-05-26T02:26:29+00:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Drunk You Is Not the Real You.

A large misconception is that drinking alcohol makes you a more enjoyable person to be around or even more outgoing. The reality is that this could not be further from the truth.

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/drunk-you-is-not-the-real-you

 

Credit: By John Piper. ©2015 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org