When most people think about an addict, they might think of a homeless person under a bridge or someone going for a dumpster dive just to get their next fix.
That’s what I thought, until…
My own reality came crashing down as I found myself, a practicing Catholic with a great job and great friends, struggling to cope with the stressors in my life. I spoke to some trusted friends, a priest, a counselor and even family members about my struggles. They did what they could, but could not really help me.
I finally decided that I wanted regular and ongoing support and I was willing to do what I needed to get help on a regular basis.
I found myself in a wonderful 12-step program and I became fascinated by the support I found as well as many inspiring stories of people sharing the ups and downs of recovery. I found mentorship and other people who also wanted to make better and healthier choices with almost every unhealthy coping mechanism you can imagine. They wanted to change, and so did I. Eventually, I discovered all we need is Honesty, Open- mindedness and Willingness. ( See, it spells out H.O.W.) That is how I remember it…haha.
As time moved on, I kept wishing there was a way to find guidance on how to implement the 12 Steps with my Catholic faith. Then, I discovered Catholic in Recovery. We have groups that meet online and in person as we discuss the Scriptures of the upcoming week and how it relates to making practical healthy choices everyday. It applies to anyone who has an unhealthy attachment to a person, a place or really…anything.
Hope you enjoy the interview I had with the Founder, Scott Weeman. I am grateful for his “yes” to make his former mess his current message as he continues to help others with this ministry. For more info, check out his book The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments or go to www.catholicinrecovery.com.