What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing People Trying to Maintain Sobriety?

What are three of the greatest challenges that people trying to maintain sobriety are facing today?

That’s what we’re going to discuss as the second interview in our Easter 2024 series, “Rebuild My Church,” and offer us, the Church, the Body of Christ, actionable ways to help overcome those challenges in an effort to bring renewal from within.

I am joined today by my friend and special guest, Christie Walker, The Catholic Sobriety Coach. 

People Trying to Maintain Sobriety Challenges and Solutions

Challenge #1: Mental Health Concerns: Co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD often accompany alcohol misuse and addiction, making it challenging to maintain sobriety if it’s not recognized.

Solution: Alcohol misuse is a symptom of an underlying wound or mental health condition. If these are not addressed, it is hard to maintain sobriety. If Catholic counselors and other trained mental health professionals worked together to provide low-cost or no-cost services to individuals suffering from addiction, grief, depression, etc. we may be able to serve better those who are struggling. Catholic clergy, Spiritual Directors, and coaches can offer guidance to individuals looking to achieve or maintain sobriety, addressing both spiritual and emotional aspects of their journey. 

Challenge #2: Social Isolation & Stigma: Addiction can lead to strained relationships with family and friends, causing individuals to become socially isolated and experience feelings of loneliness or they worry how admitting they are struggling will affect current relationships – especially with friends and family who drink with them.

Solution: Supportive Community: The Church can provide a supportive and non-judgmental community for individuals in recovery.The Church community as a whole (including Catholic schools) need to offer more activities and events where non-alcohol options are offered and promoted. 
Example a local parish here hosted a fun “Girls Night Out – Mocktail Night”  Also, starting a Catholic in Recovery Group can be helpful for those struggling with addiction.

Challenge #3 Loss of Self-Worth: Coming to the realization that can erode an individual’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem, leading to feelings of shame, guilt, and low self-confidence. Feeling unworthy to return to the Church. Not knowing the steps to take to come back or where they fit in.

Solution: Education and Awareness: The Church can play a pivotal role in raising awareness about addiction and mental health issues, reducing social stigma, and promoting education on coping strategies, by organizing support groups, educational workshops, and outreach programs. Bringing Catholic speakers who can testify to God’s mercy and love in helping them to overcome their addictions and personal trauma can help them know that they are not alone, there is hope, and inspire them to reach out to those still suffering. Also, offering strong, solidly Catholic men’s and women ministries that help them understand their identity as sons and daughters of God. It can help to root out all the negative or divisive messages society so they can stand firm and with confidence on God’s truth!

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Christie Walker is a joy-filled Catholic wife, mom, podcaster, speaker, and The Catholic Sobriety Coach. As a trained life coach through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and with over 26 years of sobriety, Christie specializes in coaching Catholic women who are ready to unravel the mystery surrounding their drinking habits to discover a sense of peace and clarity they never imagined possible. She also coaches women in recovery who want to learn how to invite the Holy Spirit in to clear up the “mental mess” that can stick around long after the last drink.

About Author

Creative, Entrepreneur & Silly-Heart. Christ has called her to bring the broken to His Sacred Heart. Calls Austin home with her mountain-man husband, Mike, who she loves to travel through life with as well as around the world.

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