A different approach to addiction

What is addiction? It is a dependence upon substances or destructive behaviors to cope with underlying conditions. Addictions can be extremely thorny and troublesome, but in reality, they are not the problem. The problem is not the addiction. It is actually the symptom. The bondage that they enslave an individual with is rooted in some underlying discomfort or deep hurt that cries out to be masked.

Published statistics tell us that there are more than 23 million Americans over the age of 12 who struggle with addictions. As you can see, the problem is epidemic and the majority of these people have still to find the solution to their addiction.

Many of these folks attend programs with harmful logic such as publically declaring oneself an addict and admitting to be powerless over the source of their enslavement; they are taught that relapse, which is a return to the addiction, is part of the healing process.

And sadly, if the root cause is not addressed, the individual will do one of two things: either he or she will return to the addiction or they will develop a substitute addiction, trading one link of the chain for another.

It is important to understand that sobriety is not freedom. Simply put, it is right actions on the outside, but wrong thoughts on the inside. Freedom is the state of the total release from the power and the control of the binding behaviors.

The question has been asked by many: Where then can I go? What then can I do? There is a faith-based, Christ-centered addictions program nearby to you. It is called RU Recovery. It is held every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Clyde, at 1022 South Main St., at The Harvest Baptist Temple.

Recently, Ohio has passed legislation to accept faith-based addictions programs across the state as an outreach to anyone dealing with “anything that is bad for you that you continue to do.”

RU has a slogan. It is “The truth will make you free.” This rallying cry represents not only the goal — freedom — but it also states the source of that freedom: The Truth. John 8:32 says, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Friends, consider Jesus Christ, come and see for yourself what RU Recovery is all about. You will find the hope which you have been searching for.

When all else has failed, give God a try.


Lee Brock, director,

RU Recovery, Clyde