Str8Path to Recovery
The Str8Path to Recovery ministry falls into the category of outpatient treatment. We do not currently have our own meeting location; however we speak and share with those who are in existing centers and in church groups. We follow closely to the traditional 12-step programs other than believing in an external force and being powerless over addiction. We only believe in God, the one true God and in is one and only Son, Jesus Christ, and with whom there is nothing that has power over us.
Through research and experience, we find what a person with addictions (PWA) needs most is support in sobriety and a sense of societal value and self-worth. Also, when someone is battling an addiction, chances are they want to stop but don’t know how or they continue using to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.
We make sure they know they are loved by God, by family, and by us. By sharing God’s love with them, we encourage them throughout their journey to recovery.
Because addiction is already isolating and stigmatizing, negative communication can push a person further away. Therefore we avoid negative dialogue that focuses on blame and judgment and instead help them reflect on happy and fun times had with friends and family while sober. It is vitally important and we encourage family and friends to do the same throughout the recovery process.
It is essential to establish trusting relationships that the person usually does not realize were there all along by making it clear they are loved no matter what and that there are people who will do whatever they can to help them through their struggle against addiction.
The majority of people with addictions state the need to use in order to feel normal. We show them they are normal and help them to continue feeling so. We set boundaries, both personal and societal, while providing support necessary for recovery. By doing so, we help them come to a sense of responsibility and accountability and regain their normal thought processes.
Typically done in a group setting, however one-on-one settings are provided as needed.
Behavioral therapy styles include:
• Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which addresses destructive thought patterns and teaches skills for coping with stress.
• Contingency management therapy uses a points system that rewards those in recovery for remaining drug free.
Recovery from addiction is possible.