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Letter from the Founder
Letter from the Founder
Every year God continues to show us what He can do. And it is always exceedingly, abundantly more than we can even imagine. We have had a year of revival, renewal, and restoration. He supplies all our needs through the community, by providing jobs for our residents and through the gratitude of the residents, and churches of Appling County. 2 4/7 House always continues to be the greatest blessing of my life.
Again, we want to give God all the glory, but He has sent us a dedicated staff who I believe are most competent at their work. I cannot say enough about the love each of them has for addicts. We try to follow Jesus’s example of 100% grace with 100% truth. It is far from being an easy task. But we feel that each resident was sent to us by God. And sometimes we are only one stop on the way to an addict’s recovery. We have had many who have left or been dismissed only to find their way back through prison or another recovery program. We are only called to plant a seed. What God began- He will be faithful to finish.
As always, we thank you for your prayers as well as willingness to help in all areas. You cannot imagine how much hope it gives a person in addiction to be treated with love and kindness.
Thank you again—Pete Wright
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS DESK 2020
24/7 House is surviving the Covid-19 epidemic. God continues to cover us in his protection. We continue to pray for our community, our country, and our president through these difficult times. As always, please remember 24/7 House in your prayers.
This newsletter comprises a request I made in one of our evening groups of all residents.
“What is Recovery to you?” and “Is addiction a disease?” I asked each to write a brief essay on these two questions.
I would like to share with our friends some of the thoughts from our residents. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Please continue to support us.
God Bless you all.
Michael Smith CAC1, NCAC/Executive Director
From the program director
I THINK FOR ME RECOVERY IS LEARNING A NEW WAY TO LIVE.
ITS CHANGING WHO YOU USE TO BE, WITH THE HELP OF GOD,
TO BEING THE BEST PERSON YOU COULD EVER BE.
I KNOW PEOPLE OUT IN THE PUBLIC AND IN MY FAMILY THAT
ARE NEVER HAPPY AND THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED
ADDICTION! SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD GIVE THEM THE COMBINATION OF GOD AND THE RECOVERY PROGRAM THAT I HAVE SO THEY CAN EXPERIENCE THE AMAZING QUALITY OF LIFE THAT THEY ARE MISSING!
I AM GRATFUL TO BE A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC!
UNDERSTANDING DRUG USE AND ADDICTION. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and drug use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted to drugs. They may believe that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. Drug addiction is a complex brain disease and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, research has shown more than ever about how drugs affect the brain. A program of recovery is the only way to help people with drug use disorders. There are many factors that may predict a person will become addicted to drugs.
*Biology-genetic /Environment/Development-early childhood abuse
There is no known cure for drug addiction, but it can be treatable and successfully managed.
Recovery to me was overly complex at first. Never would I have ever thought that letting everything go in my pathetic life would be the start. Let go of all things to regain everything. I have got a little taste of recovery and a few glimpses of what I can make my future look like. Recovery to me is showing complete willingness to have a better life, be a better mother, be a part of something greater than myself. During this time, I hope and have faith in growing closer to God (Spiritual growth), regain control over my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. — Amber
Recovery to me is:
Something I never thought imaginable, especially for me, recovery is a growing process that has continued to break the shackles of my addiction. It takes tremendous strength and courage to progressively tackle the defects and old ways of my addictive behaviors.
Recovery is an opportunity that continues to bless me with God’s grace. Recovery has taught me the necessary steps and tactics to continue fighting this fight against addiction. Getting all the information to step up and prevent the next punch my addiction may hit me with.
Choosing Recovery is truly the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. It has helped me find a relationship with God, it has blessed me with clearer thinking to grow as a man and be a father to my son. Recovery may have never been possible if it was not for the 24/7 House. The men, with me at 24/7 House, are now my brothers. They continue to motivate and inspire me. The staff has opened new doors of a great and blessed life. Thanks to God and this community for this special opportunity.
Recovery to me is being free from pain and shame, bad behaviors, anxiety, stress, and failures. Recovery is the rebuilding of relationships and reunification with children and family. Recovery means helping my grandmother live longer because she no longer has stress about me taking from her so I can use drugs. Recovery is knowing peace and serenity, having, and living a life. I could never dream of having before coming to the 24/7 House. Fear, past mistakes, grief, and loss no longer hold me in bondage. Surrendering and knowing and walking in God’s will to the best of my ability, never being taken away from my children again ever-is freedom from addiction! Recovery, to me, means full acceptance of me and my past. Letting go and letting God. Total forgiveness of myself and others. I am redeemed and a new creation.
Recovery to me is:
Recovery to me is a second chance at life. A second chance to be the woman that God intended for me to be. To be a better mother, daughter, grandmother, and sister. Recovery to me is a gift that everyone does not get to receive. Recovery is a lifelong commitment and the ability to regain my sanity and keep it. I am an addict, but I chose to be an addict in recovery. I will, by the grace of God, protect my recovery at all cost. -Cherrie
Recovery to me means freedom. It means living my life without the ball and chain of active addiction. Recovery means being able to look in the mirror and not hating the person staring back at me. It means being able to look my family in the eyes and be 100% honest with them. Recovery means I chose life. Ali
First, recovery to me is learning how to deal with everyday life without drugs and alcohol. It is totally changing the way you think, feel, and behave. Recovery is becoming Godlier in the ways you think, feel, and act. Recovery is something I can never lose for the rest of my life I have to practice it every day if I want to be where I am at now for the rest of my life. Recovery must be my lifestyle instead of drugs and alcohol. – Toby
Recovery to me is Waking up at 6am with not having to run to the bathroom without getting sick. Its waking up knowing that today I can go to work and take care of myself. Knowing that I allow myself to do the next right thing when nobody is watching. Recovery to me is the hardest thing I have had to do. Instead of always finding the chaos in my life like I am used to, I find things that I can be grateful for. I learn to respect the hardships and accept things for how they are. Recovery is a privilege. I run to victory not from victory and recovery is victorious. I am victorious! — Adriana