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A 10-week Christ-Centred Recovery Course 

What is it?

FREE! is a 10-week recovery course that provides a safe place to explore these issues and allow them to be transformed by the hope of Jesus Christ.

Who is it for?

It is open to anyone who is struggling with an addiction, compulsive behaviour or other destructive habit, or anyone who wants to learn more about them. 

If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling, self-harming, over-eating or some other compulsive behaviour that is spoiling your life, the course content could help you. If you are not sure that you are addicted or compulsively using something in an unhealthy way then read on - if you are experiencing a number of the following characteristics, it may be time to look for help:

Preoccupation

  • Spending a lot of time thinking about alcohol, drugs, pornography, food or some other mood-altering pastime; looking forward to using, planning life around using or planning for specific times of abstinence.
  • Using alone
  • Using in private; secretive use; feeling an urgency for the first use of drink/drugs/pornography etc.
  • Using for effect
  • To obtain a lift, feel or buzz to change thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
  • Protecting supply
  • Hiding the alcohol or drugs to ensure a readily available supply; planning money matters carefully in order to buy drink or drugs.
  • Using more than planned
  • No guarantee of what will happen after the first drink or drug. You intended to just have one line of coke, a couple of drinks, spend only fifteen minutes on a porn website, or eat just one chocolate biscuit and then found you could not stop

Feelings of hurt or remorse

  • Feeling bad about your behaviour – the things said or done; the hurt that may have been caused to others.
  • Increased capacity
  • Able to use more than others. Beginning to need more to get the same effect.
  • Memory blackouts
  • Loss of awareness that conversations or events ever took place.
  • Finding excuses to use
  • My partner upset me, the boss is impossible, I have a tough life, I feel down and need cheering up, I feel anxious and stressed, I feel vulnerable.
  • Promises fail
  • Breaking promises to yourself and others that you will drink, use drugs or look at porn less or even stop altogether.
  • Geographical escape - believing that a new start in a new job, in a new house, in a new country will help.
  • Avoiding family and friends. Particularly while looking for opportunities to use. Progressively avoiding activities that do not include the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Early morning shakes
  • Needing the alcohol or drugs to function.
  • Tendency to cross addict
  • Using something else compulsively, particularly when trying to control your ‘medication’ of choice.
  • Continuing use
  • Despite progressively damaging consequences and repeated serious concerns of others.

If three or more of these characteristics are in evidence, there may be an addiction problem.

We provide an environment for you to learn to know the Christian God, who, if you want Him to, is able to transform your life. Even if He is someone you are not ready to get to know yet, come along and discover that there are principles that can really help in your fight to overcome your addictions.

PLEASE NOTE:
If you are currently participating in any therapy or counselling, we would recommend that you contact your counsellor or therapist before attending to see whether they are happy for you to participate in a programme at this stage.

When is it?

The next course begins on Thursday 18th January 2018, 18:30 - 21:30.
Feel free to bring your own supper, a light meal is provided for a small donation.

Where is it?

All Souls Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6QG

You are invited

Free is open to all. If you would like to come or refer a friend please ring/text John on 07703 682080 or Sally on 07860 717621 (you can also just show up.) You can also email recoverycourse@allsouls.org with any questions.

Volunteers needed. If you are able to help, please contact us with the details above.