Is Damascus Way Recovery aligned with any denomination?
There is no specific denomination that Damascus Way Recovery aligns with. This is based on the understanding that a person’s recovery is their own spiritual journey and does not require acceptance with any specific doctrine or religious affiliation. The only provision is that a person is willing to come to faith through Jesus Christ and align themselves with a Christian Faith-Based Community for fellowship and support.
Why are you asking for financial contributions?
With all ministry programs, Damascus Way Recovery is working toward becoming an established discipleship program for men struggling with their faith, substance use related issues, and other problematic behavior. Without financial contributions, this program will not be able to reach those men. See the Support Page for more information on how your donation and contribution will help this website and program.
Isn’t $450.00 per month expensive for a recovery program?
The cost of the two-year discipleship program is an investment in helping transform lives. This pays for assessment to determine specific individual needs, provides one-on-one individualized sessions that are focused on helping men develop awareness and work through their own personal issues, and provides a men’s group focused on discipleship, accountability, and recovery. It helps pay for yearly retreats, books, and curriculum that is Christian based. The cost also includes mentoring in developing an individual’s website to share their story and promote recovery from a Christ-centered perspective. All of which costs money to operate.
What is the difference between a recovery coach, a sponsor, and a professional therapist?
A Christian based Recovery Coach assist recovering individuals on how to navigate the treacherous path of early recovery. They provide a bridge between the world of inpatient or outpatient treatment where there are environmental, relational, and other cues that may sabotage a person’s efforts to transform their lives.
Along with guiding individuals daily to help establish habits and behaviors that encourage and reinforce a healthy lifestyle. They also help them connect with the local recovery community to find the resources they need to support their sobriety:
- Appropriate twelve-step meetings
- Therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical support staff
- Outpatient programs that ensure clients get an appropriate level of support
- A gym, yoga studio, or athletic activity groups, such as a running or cycling club
- A sponsor to take them through their 12-step recovery program
The goal is to allow the individual find their own niche in the recovery world, reminding and encouraging them to have fun and explore new activities that are healing and supportive.
Unlike an AA/NA Sponsor, a Christian Based Recovery Coach possess many characteristics of a good sponsor, yet do more. Assessing what the needs of the individual are and recommending more than one suitable option is just the beginning. It’s like having your own personal case manager.
Unlike a volunteer sponsor, a Recovery Coach is a professional who works for you. They will help you devise a plan with SMART goals, help keep you accountable to it, and continually reassess and make adjustments as you progress. Recovery coaches also work with families in helping an individual in recovery.
A Christian Based Recovery Coach is not a therapist either. While they may connect an individual to appropriate licensed professionals, recovery coaches do not assess and diagnose individuals. Do not provide mental health services or actual therapy sessions. While sessions will focus on similar topics and exercises that professional therapy will focus on – the main idea is that recovery coaches provide a professional support and encouragement to implement appropriate tools to help improve overall quality of life.
What is your experience with addiction?
My approach is to see men for who they are – broken vessels that are in need of restoration, encouragement, and empowerment in order to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ. This understanding came from my observation over the years as a Substance Use Disorder Professional.
Along with this, had my own personal issues with alcohol, homelessness, broken relationships, parental alienation, and having grown up in an alcoholic and dysfunctional home. However, my own recovery is my own recovery and what has worked for me may not work for you. The important aspect of what we have in common is building a resilient faith through a more mindful and spiritual understanding that is rooted in Jesus Christ.
Why focus on men and not men and women?
While I am not opposed in working with women, and do through my professional career, there is something unique with men in recovery. And, within the Christian community, there is a lot of focus on working with women on various issues. With this said: Men present a unique challenge:
- Most men experience a sense of abandonment and rejection
- Masculinity is destroyed and compromised where men have lost integrity, Godly character, and feel defeated
- Men lack awareness of being vulnerable and allow their ego prevent them from being humble to seek out help and guidance
- Men who are broken have a tendency to view those around them as threats to their stability when disagreement arises
By working with men, the goal is to help them break through their perspective of feeling defeated, abandoned, and reach out to grasp onto the arm of Jesus Christ in order to be restored back to a place of integrity and strength. To become A man after God’s on heart and in the image and likeness of Christ. Full of love, mercy, strength, and having gained a sense of worth. Becoming a warrior.