Anyone who has ever kicked a habit knows how difficult it is. The “object” that a person is addicted to doesn’t really matter. People can be addicted to a variety of things—alcohol, drugs, sex, money, gambling, food, porn, work, and even shopping—and that’s just the common ones. There is something that is even harder than quitting though, and that is learning how to live life without the “object.” Permanently.
When I got sober, I experienced grief. Where alcohol once lived, a void now resided. What turned out to be my saving grace, aside from the hand of God, was a healing process involving steps (12 of them actually), and finding a healthy “alternative” to my old destructive routine. At first it involved A.A. meetings and church (which were both very new to me!), and soon after that was the decision to go to college. My “life change” is what sparked the idea.
The word encouragement literally means “to build courage,” and that is the premise of the mission—to build a community of people who have been affected by an addiction (or any other life changing crisis) and to offer encouragement and support to one another as we learn new ways of living.
Coming out of the wreckage is painful, but it is out of the ashes that we rise.
If you are interested in joining us, or if you have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
We would love to hear from you!