Info & Help

Pastors/Pros Info & Help

Pastors and recovery professionals face unique challenges. Christians in Recovery is here to help you. You will find many pages on our web site to help you personally and professionally. Use our menu system as well as the Search Engine on our web site.

Emotions/Mental Health Info & Help

We understand the frustration you may be experiencing regarding mental illness. It is extremely difficult for doctors to treat and they often do not understand the anguish you are going through personally. Jesus is the Great Physician and He has compassion beyond measure.

You are not alone! God can and will help you overcome your situation.

The Christians in Recovery Web site is loaded with hundreds of pages of information and files designed to help you learn more about and conquer depression and various mental health issues:
http://christians-in-recovery.org/Issues_MentalHealth
http://christians-in-recovery.org/Tools_Library_NIMH-BiPolar
http://christians-in-recovery.org/Tools_Library_NIMH-Depression

Talk with others who are in recovery. Learn how they overcame.

General Recovery Info & Help

You are not alone! God can and will help you overcome your situation.

We strongly suggest that you print out these helpful
pamphlets, read them offline and keep copies for you
to refer to:
Day One: My First 24 Hours in Recovery
The Next 24 Hours and the Rest of My Life

Get these Helpful Books:

The Christians in Recovery Workbook & Meeting Guide

Family Info & Help

Family relationships can be very challenging at times. It is important to approach difficulties prayerfully. The Christians in Recovery Web site is loaded with hundreds of pages of information and files designed to help you learn and to equip you.

You are not alone! God can and will help you overcome your situation.

Your Own Online JournalPremium Content

Members of CIR have access to their own private and secure Online Journal (see below). All members have the option of sharing it with other members or keeping it completely private (the choice is yours).

If you want something with more features we suggest Journaling Software For those of you who are low tech, you may get a blank paper journal from your local office supply store.

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Do I Need a Sponsor?Premium Content

Sponsors are not mandatory components of recovery programs, but I do recommend the acquisition of a sponsor during the first few months of your recovery.

When I finally became disgusted with my feeble attempts at recovery on my own, I decided to get a sponsor. I didn't just go up to the first male member and ask him to be my sponsor. I had to ask several members if they were available for sponsorship. Sometimes, if you are a newcomer, a member will volunteer to be your sponsor if you ask if they are available. But be prepared to ask more than two or three people to be your sponsor. You may even have to change your meeting location to find a sponsor, especially if your home group is small.

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Accountability Partner ObligationsPremium Content

We need to serve God more than He needs us to serve Him. Sponsorship and discipling can open doors we never imagined. Many people in CIR are looking for an accountability partner, recovery buddy or sponsor (also known as a mentor, coach or disciple). We encourage you to step forward and agree to worth others. Check the Buddy Forums in the Message Boards if you desire an accountability partner or or if you are willing to be an accountability partner.

What is a Recovery Buddy?

    A buddy can be viewed as a mentor, an accountability partner and/or someone with whom you can share and walk the path of recovery together.

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What is the Theology of Recovery?

The primary distinctives that differentiate Christian Recovery from other approaches to life change lie in our approach to spirituality.

Here are some of the major theological tenants of the Christian approach to recovery.

  1. Recovery is truly Christian only if God is part of it.
    This God is not just a nebulous "Higher Power", but rather is the Creator of the Universe Who has revealed Himself in the Bible. Additionally, this God is a loving God, who showed His love by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into this fallen world to save us. John 3:16
  2. The Word of God is the authoritative rule and guide for our recovery. We believe there is, indeed, some objective TRUTH in this world and that it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Hebrews 4:12

Death Info & Help

According to Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook

    The Bible contains hundreds of references to death. It is a formidable foe:
    "The last enemy that will be destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15:26); but also a conquered foe: "Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:54).

    Jesus Christ has changed the meaning of death, as Scripture shows. At death, the spirit of the believing Christian enters immediately into the
    presence of the Lord. Physical death is but a transition from life on earth with Christ to life in heaven with Christ. Death does not alter the continuity of relationship; it only enriches it.

Help for Friends & Family of Alcoholics

It can be hard having a loved one who is an alcoholic. Those
who do often struggle with these issues:

  • Worrying about how much someone drinks
  • Having money problems because of someone else's drinking
  • Telling lies to cover up for someone else's drinking
  • Feeling that the drinker loved you, he or she would stop drinking to please you
  • Blaming the drinker's behavior on his or her companions
  • Having plans frequently upset or canceled or meals delayed because of the drinker
  • Making threats, such as, "If you don't stop drinking, I'll leave you."
  • Secretly try to smell the drinker's breath
  • Fear of confronting someone for fear it will set off a drinking bout

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