"it takes one to know one" when it comes to addiction...it is mind boggling to anyone who is not an addict to understand how someone cannot just stop in the midst of such devastation in their lives. Addiction is not about the "thing" one is addicted to, it is a disease of the mind...it is all about the thinking...and freedom from "active" addiction comes from the DAILY RENEWING OF OUR MIND as Paul has shared for us in The Word. Addictions are pits the people fall into that are dark, cold, isolated and full of overwhelming fear.
So if you know someone who struggles with this horrible mind affliction, pray for them, encourage them that there is freedom and hope, and encourage them to reach out for the help that is out there. There is always professional counseling/treatment available (FRC has Flamingo Road Family Counseling and there are lots of other quality professional programs). Also, the 12 step fellowship meetings and church is free to all who need them!!! Thanks again Flavio...
Kelly Y. Hancock, CAP
Certified Addictions Professional
Flamingo Road Family Counseling
12401 Stirling Road
Cooper City, FL 33330
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Cc: Who I AM: Just For The Record
Subject: True Addiction
[If you do not have it in you to see yourself preaching/teaching the Word of God, you can definitely point, or lead someone in the right direction of help through Christ, as we were all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus]- may the Lord bless you indeed for such kindness.
*This teaching, I received yesterday, and I send it out to all of you, for the reason that we are surrounded by a society with such pains, and they need God's healing Truth to set them truly free. I know, if I were in this situation, I would want someone to extend a helping hand out to me, that would point me, and lead me to God. Wouldn't you? [Food for thought.]
The world will have you think that Drug, alcohol, sex, material, etc... Addictions are addictions, that once you have been hooked, no matter how many years go by, that even if you claim that you are now "clean, and/or sober," you are still indeed regardless of what you say, a (drug, alcohol, sex, material, etc...) addict.
-As always, all things are God, and although in this world all addictions are terrible, and can be life threatening, and need to be taken seriously, in God, a life lived without Him, is indeed the True reason behind (alcohol, drug, sex, material, etc...) addiction that can plaque us all.
So with that said, as all (alcoholics, drug/sex addicts, shopaholics, etc...) come to say eventually, "I am [amount of days, months, years] sober," in Christ, you can indeed come to say, and live it with all authority in Christ, that you are indeed (sober, clean, sexfree, and material-driven free), from a life lived without God. All praise be to God for this.
Just as they have A.A. (Alcoholics anonymous), N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous), 12-step programs, and rehab centers for a life lived in this world; for a life lived without God, there is prayer, there's the Bible, there's (Bible based) churches, and indeed these things are free to you.
If you feel, and are nudged to seek God, and a life with God, through Jesus, Simply go to your local (Bible based) church, or come to Flamingo Road Church. We will gladly listen, counsel, and direct you to a life "lived with God," through Christ Jesus.
Be blessed, and know that the Lord is with you.
Flamingo Road Church
12401 Stirling Road
Cooper City, FL 33330
[for service times, locations, and directions]
Sundays (10:30am) on WSVN (ch.7) FOX