I was talking with a colleague yesterday about the differences between a substance abuse recovery program that is focused on Christ, and other programs that are more centered on the addiction and the user. With the latter type of program, the addict is constantly reminded of their past and the nearness of another fall, another drink, another pill. A Christ-centered recovery program, on the other hand, points its adherents to a New Hope and a New Beginning in Christ. This is the type of recovery we are focused on at Star of Hope, and is the kind of program the men at our Men's Development Center are experiencing.
A current client recently said - I don't focus on my addition and worry about taking another drink, because I'm a New Creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." The following verse even goes on to talk about God's gift of reconciliation, and that because of Christ, He doesn't count our sins against us! There is hope in our failures and our weaknesses - and that hope is Christ. Praise Jesus that we have a Lord that desires to make us new in Him, forgets our past, and allows us to look forward with abundant Hope, promising to hold our hand every step of the way.