“Addicts at the Cross" is a Christian 9 step program that seeks to break the cycle of addiction by addressing the root causes of addiction through Biblical understanding and application. We are a fellowship of men and women who recognize Christ as our “higher power”. We seek to offer a family of caring individuals that reach out to one another in love, supporting each other and holding each other accountable for one’s actions. We offer an alternative lifestyle that is Christ centered. There are no dues to be paid. Christian and non-Christian are welcome. Our hope is to see lives changed through the power of God’s word and to see families restored. Our ultimate goal is a life set free from addiction. While we are Christ centered, we are non-denominational. Respectfully we leave denominational issues to the local church. It is important to note that we are not the only program that deals with addictions. Nor do we deal with the physical side effects of addiction. There are hospitals and treatment centers that are trained and equipped much better than we to deal with those issues. In all cases if a person is still using or is having serious withdrawal issues we will recommend that they seek these types of treatment centers. Once an addict is dried out or separated from his or her addiction we can address the causes of their addiction and offer an alternative lifestyle with Christ at the center.
Why another step program? Clearly, I could have presented the same material in another format. However, I did not want the meetings to resemble a church meeting, nor did I want those who attended the meetings to feel preached to. Although I am a great supporter of the local church, I realize that most addicts feel uncomfortable in that kind of setting. I also know that most have attended either AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and are familiar with and comfortable with that type of programming. A good working definition of ministry is meeting people where they are at and leading them to where God wants them to be. I decided to start with what they know. I wanted to meet them where they are at.
These are our program goals:
What I have written here is what I refer to as a “connect the dot” program. I have personally been to many a recovery meeting and I have never understood the concept of what it means to “work” the steps. No one had ever showed me how to do that. What I have attempted to do here is to offer a program that actually allows us to “work” through the steps while meeting together as a group. By so doing we not only begin to understand how to work the steps but we’re also beginning to understand why the steps are necessary in the first place. By working the steps through together we come to an overall understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Once we understand who we are in Christ it becomes increasingly more difficult for us to slide back into the abyss of our addiction. Our habits change, our friends change, our lifestyles change. With these changes we develop a new sense of accountability. We learn to resist anything or anyone who would take this new life from us and we are free at last to live the life God had intended for us all along. It is my hope (as it has been borne out in my life) all who would enter into this program would come to the realization as it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – Sincerely Larry Skrant