FRESH START MINISTRIES OF CENTRAL FL
Helping those struggling with substance abuse since 1986.
Recovery & Restoration Through Christ
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Step VIII of Alcoholics Anonymous: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
In the 40+ years I’ve been ministering to people with life controlling problems I’ve noticed that the major problem they have in recovery is loneliness and isolation. Many also are tormented with the guilt and shame of who they’ve become and what they’ve done. Many times they feel so cut off from others that even when they are around those people they still feel lonely. Guilt, fear of being hurt, and self-hatred contribute to the thought and feelings that others may ever love us again no matter how much we change. We feel all alone in this struggle even when those around us are supportive and want to help us succeed. Being willing to accept their love is part of the preparation for making amends. Loneliness can break us and defeat us in the recovery process. When we are getting prepared to make amends, we also need to prepare our heart to accept whatever love, support, or friendship may be offered in return. Supportive friends and healthy relationships are necessary for our recovery. If we fall down we are going to need help getting back up. When we stand alone we are vulnerable to our inner enemies. Learning to trust others, reach out to others and to admit to others that we need help will give us added strength, wisdom, and protection against our habituating and compulsions.
Rev. Joseph Cordovano
Early Intervention or Hitting Bottom: What’s Best?
Although many times we hear an addict must “hit bottom” before he seeks treatment, this is not always true. As with cancer, diabetes, or any other disease, early diagnosis and treatment is best. With addiction, early intervention has three major benefits:
1. It’s less intense. Treating addiction early means the addict is less likely to be using larger quantities of the drug and a less addictive (or fewer) drug(s). Because the addiction isn’t as intense, the treatment is not as intensive.
2. It produces less anxiety. Early intervention means the addiction hasn’t had time to cause as much turmoil in the life of the addict. There has been less disruption in work and family relationships, and caused less stress and anxiety.
3. It’s less disruptive. Often when an addiction goes untreated, and early intervention wasn’t possible, the addict suffers from arrests, job loss or significant decrease in performance, physical and emotional distress, and even death.
Early intervention is the best route to treatment and recovery. Loved ones surrounding and confronting the addict in a loving, supportive environment can initiate an early intervention.
However, if an early intervention is rejected, do not blame yourself. The addict ultimately has to decide to admit he has an addiction and be ready to accept treatment. Each person’s journey to recovery looks different. Each person’s family dynamics and support are different. And each person’s addiction is different. Although all addicts have similar struggles, they are all unique individuals, and we cannot blame ourselves if an early intervention attempt is unsuccessful.
Early intervention is ideal; but, not always possible or successful. If you need support until the addict is ready to accept help, find healthy coping mechanisms, support groups, and the faith to keep your emotional and physical health at an optimum level. Most importantly, don’t let the weight of guilt or shame weigh you down.
An important area of our recovery is being real with God, ourselves and others. Sometimes the most difficult part of recovery is just simply being honest with ourselves and humble enough to admit areas we need help in. At Fresh Start we like to call these times, “ministry opportunities”. I can say from personal experience when I have been open to receive and admit things I need to work on I have grown as a person, husband, father and a minister. On the flip side of that equation if we recognize an area of our lives that needs improvement and refuse to deal with it, we stunt our growth and no one benefits from that. Fear keeps us from pursuing areas of our lives that may get us out of our comfort zones, but the freedom that we will experience in doing so far outweighs our fear. Let me encourage you to get real, Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (24) Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life”. Step out of your comfort zone and allow God to speak truth into your life, it will revolutionize it. I would like to thank you for your continued prayers for the men in the program and their families, and I pray God’s riches blessings on you all.
Rev. Timothy Carlsward
August Church Schedule
8/4 Journey Church, 9:00 am
1965 S Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703
8/11 Christ Church, 9:00
2200 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
8/18 Celebration Church , 9:00 am
3100 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
8/25 Church in the Son, 6:00 pm
(Special Speaker: Nick Vujicic)
4484 N John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32804
The 12-Step Support Group meeting is every Tuesday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm.
We now provide Addicts Group, Family Group and Alumni Group
Addicts: (Step Eight) “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Family: Step Eight Teaching
Alumni: Step Eight Teaching
Addict: Understanding and preparing for Step Eight
Family: Understanding and preparing for Step Eight
Alumni: Understanding and preparing for Step Eight
Addicts: Working Step Eight
Family: Working Step Eight
Alumni: Working Step Eight
All Groups Combined for Graduation: Lawrence M., Brett L., Steve D., Joey M., Brad C., and Dave G.
Fresh Start Ministries of Central FL | 407-293-3822| info | www.FreshStartMinistries.com
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