3 Steps to Transparency in Recovery

3 Steps to Transparency in RecoveryHave you been attending a recovery group for some time but haven’t made any progress in overcoming addiction, unhealthy habits, or painful struggles? Then, perhaps you need to be more transparent.

The Webster’s Dictionary defines transparent as: “free from pretense or deceit; easily detected or seen through; readily understood; characterized by visibility or accessibility of information.”

Want to be transparent in your recovery? There are three steps you must take.

Step 1: Come out of hiding.
The first step to transparency in recovery is to come out of hiding. It all started with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Eve gave Adam the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat, and he ate it. Instead of being transparent, Adam put on fig leaves and hid from God. God asked, “Where are you?” (more…)

11 Questions to Consider for Success in Recovery in the New Year

11 Questions to Consider for Success in Recovery in the New YearWhether you’re just beginning your recovery journey or have decades of recovery under your belt, a new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start. Set aside time at the beginning of the year to reflect on last year and plan for a successful new year. Jeremiah 6:16 (New Living Translation, NLT) says, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…” Here are 11 questions to ask yourself to help you succeed in your recovery in the new year. (more…)

7 Questions to Ask When Taking a Daily Personal Inventory

7 Questions to Ask When Taking a Daily Personal InventoryTaking a daily personal inventory is essential to recovery and personal growth. Life Recovery Step Ten says, “We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.” Unlike Life Recovery Steps Four through Nine, which focuses on the past, Step Ten focuses on the present.

Before going to bed, spend a few minutes thinking about the good and the bad things that happened that day. Record answers in a journal. Consider asking the following questions when taking a daily inventory:

1. “What do I have to be grateful for today?”
Take the time to write down all the things that happened that day to thank God for. Write down as many things as possible each day—whether it’s a compliment from a coworker, an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend or an answer to prayer. Seeing life through the lenses of gratitude can give hope to prevent relapses or giving up altogether. (more…)

Choose Friends Who Strengthen Your Character—Not Harm It

Choose Friends Who Strengthen Your Character—Not Harm ItThe dictionary defines “friend” as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.”

This definition is accurate, as far as it goes. But when one examines the deeper meaning of friendship, many more descriptors come to mind such as trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, kindness, understanding, forgiveness, encouragement, humor, and cheerfulness, to mention but a few. A trusted friend can help someone discover God’s unfolding purposes for their life. Seek a friend who is wise, honest, and encouraging.

Suppose one genuinely wants to strengthen one’s character. In that case, one must build closer relationships with people who want to do the same. (more…)

8 Benefits to Going to a Life Recovery Group

8 Benefits to Going to a Life Recovery GroupHas life been painful? Want to make a change but don’t know where to begin? If so, consider going to a Life Recovery Group. No one should go through life alone, so everyone will benefit from having others walk alongside them on their journey. The Bible says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed…Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12, NLT). Check out these 8 benefits of joining a Life Recovery Group.

1. You’ll have a plan to heal.
Life Recovery Groups offer a path to not only recover from addictions, heartaches, and unhealthy patterns, but to live a new life as well. The 12 Steps of Life Recovery are taught in each group; everyone who attends will have the opportunity to go through these 12 Steps. (more…)