For many Christians the idea of addiction recovery seems like a touchy-feely, self-help, un-Christian thing. With terminology that includes, “Higher Power,” “sponsor,” and “12 steps,” recovery can be unfamiliar and possibly threatening to some Christians. It is certainly possible to do recovery — submitting to the program and to a higher power and experiencing sobriety — without following Christ. But this does not make recovery anymore un-Christian than non-Christian couples remaining married ‘until death do they part‘ would make marriage un-Christian.
For something to be un-Christian it would have to be contrary to the gospel. Even though the terms may seem foreign to some Christians, the key principles of recovery highlight significant realities that are contained in the gospel. [Read more…]