Letter from Our Executive Director: Recovery

Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a righteous person falls seven times and rises again, ….”

Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness: “‘Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I still forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy-seven times.’” (Mt. 18:21-22)

These two verses provide much insight into recovery. Recovery involves many people – the one fighting addiction, loved ones hurt by a person’s addiction, and those helping a person succeed in recovery.

I wish I could say that recovery is a one-and-done experience, that a person becomes sick and tired of addiction and decides once and for all – “no more.” However, like the Proverb above, recovery involves falling and rising until one is fully aware of his or her inability to change on his or her own. This awareness leads to surrendering to God, taking responsibility for decisions, making amends, and basically learning a new way to live.

However, no one succeeds in doing recovery alone. One of the eight changes of the Changed Life Recovery Program is being reconciled to one’s family as much as possible. Yet for this to happen, some of those who have had their trust broken will need to forgive. Jesus encourages forgiveness, but there is a major difference between enabling which results in subsequent abuse and forgiving someone. Forgiveness is never easy; it is hard to do when a person has been let down so many times. Yet those who do best in recovery usually have the support (i.e., forgiveness) of their loved ones.

For recovery to be successful, it must be a team effort. As each man graduates from the Changed Life Recovery Program, there is a celebration attended by staff, volunteers, family members, and his peers. Graduation is a vivid picture of the fact that successful recovery is a team effort.

Our mission is to rescue people from hunger, poverty, and chemical addiction through Christ’s love. Helping men fight addiction is at the heart of what the Mission does. We recognize recovery is not a one-and-done—it is not a solo journey. People like you make it possible for lives to change now and for eternity. Thank you for the difference you make!