Damascus Way Recovery is a two-year ministry and discipleship recovery program. The primary focusing is on mentoring and discipleship for men struggling with their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. This recovery based discipleship program will assist men in breaking free from substance use disorder, overcome shame and guilt, and find forgiveness and healing. This is accomplished by discovering, or rediscovering, their identity in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, understand their own personal strongholds, and how to break free from them. By finding liberation through Jesus Christ, each man will be enriched and grow spiritually through Christian based mindfulness.
This is accomplished by working with men in:
- Identifying their divine heritage and root themselves in Jesus Christ
- Prepare men to face difficult battles they may need to overcome through confession and forgiveness
- Recognize accountability is part of spiritual growth and discipleship
- Become aware of how impacting substance use disorders, mental health related issues, relational and interpersonal conflicts, and financial instability prevents healing and spiritual growth
- Improve self-efficacy toward enhancing a balanced and meaningful quality of life where there is purpose
- Develop spiritual discernment through active listening, healthy communication, and establish personal boundaries
- Implement purpose-driven guidelines based on identified core values and beliefs
- Develop and define realistic goals through awareness of choices, actions, and responsibilities to see them through for success
How this is accomplished is by being mindful in meeting men where they are at and assisting them in developing and harnessing their own vision and mission. Holding them accountable on their spiritual journey.
Spiritual awakening and spiritual growth relies on finding inspiration in daily life. Being inspired to face our fears, overcome our challenges, and developing spiritual resilience provides the framework that inspire others on their own personal journey.
Through Christ, we are given a clear path toward freedom and liberation in this life – and in the life to come.
By developing spiritual disciplines, implementing those disciplines into our daily lives, and living according to our own personal values and beliefs – we remain steadfast in living a life that is spiritually enriching and rewarding.
Why a Two-year Recovery Based Discipleship?
Christian based spiritual discipline takes time to develop and implement. For those men in recovery, treatment, and engaging in overcoming substance use related disorders, mental health related issues, homelessness, dissolution of relationships, and other impulsive/compulsive behaviors; there is an estimated period of two years in regaining stability and healthy functioning. It takes intensive and pain-staking work to move away from a life that is perishing and begin the necessary process of transformation and restoration.
For men, it is getting to a place where we allow ourselves permission to be vulnerable and learning to surrender ourselves, our will, our failures, our shame, guilt, and life over to a merciful, divine, and loving Heavenly Father. It requires our commitment to put to death our old nature and desires in order to rise up with a new life.
A.W. Tozer puts it this way in his work The Crucified Life: How to Live Out A Deeper Christian Experience:
What I mean by “the crucified life” is a life wholly given over to the Lord in absolute humility and obedience: a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. The word “crucified” takes us back to what Christ did on the cross (see, Galatians 2:20).
It is this profound Biblical truth that lays the foundation for men to truly discovery for themselves a deeper and more enriching faith that ignites genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, there is not just the spiritual aspect of why this is a two-year program.
Damascus Way Recovery discipleship program focuses on the integrated practice of mindfulness as a means to grow spiritually through Jesus Christ. The idea of mindfulness, as a spiritual practice, may seem contrary to a Christian, and therefore a Biblical, worldview. However, as Dr. Gregory Bottaro writes:
Think of mindfulness practice as brain exercise, not unlike Sodoku or a crossword puzzle, that activates neural stimulation in certain parts of the brain, and in doing so, creates stronger neural pathways and connections. Research shows that mindfulness stimulates parts of the brain that help people to feel less anxious, and turns off the parts that make people feel more anxious. It can help us regulate our “fight or flight” response and regain control of our bodies.
And, as neuroscience of the Brain’s neuroplasticity improves, empirical data shows (through brain imaging) how it returns to a normal state of functioning:
How the brain recovers from addiction is an exciting and emerging area of research. There is evidence that the brain does recover; the image below shows the healthy brain on the left, and the brain of a patient who misused methamphetamine in the center and the right. In the center, after one month of abstinence, the brain looks quite different than the healthy brain; however, after 14 months of abstinence, the dopamine transporter levels (DAT) in the reward region of the brain (an indicator of dopamine system function) return to nearly normal function (Volkow et al., 2001).
In more understanding terms, it takes up to two-years for our mind to reset back to a normal state of functioning. Integrating daily spiritual disciplines that are mindfulness-based an individual increases their resilience – while deepening their faith – through spiritual growth. And, not only integrating mindful-based Christian disciplines, maintaining and sustaining these spiritual disciplines for long term enhancement of quality of life.
WHAT THIS DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM IS NOT
The recovery mentorship and discipleship program is not a substitute for professional counseling for mental health, substance use, or other ailments. If clinical treatment is needed to assist an individual in their efforts to address active substance use, underlying mental health services, or any other professional therapeutic intervention – the individual will be provided referrals for appropriate resources and agencies within their community.
Damascus Way Recovery Ministry does not represent any specific Christian denomination or specific religious doctrine or creed. While the focus is Christ-centered, each individual is welcome to build a social support within a Faith-based Christian community of their own choosing.
Ready for your journey to begin?
This discipleship program is a voluntary commitment with regular sessions to address your specific and individualized needs. Focus is to assist you in developing spiritual awareness and discipline in coming to a place of total and complete surrender. Assist you in addressing your underlying issues and providing a bridge between recovery based treatment for substance abuse and mental health related disorders. And engaging you in developing spiritual applications to implement in daily living for a transformative and abundant life through Jesus Christ.
The cost of this is program is $450.00 USD per month. In this discipleship program, each individual will be working in developing their own website to share their personal insights, inspirations, and journal their own spiritual growth over the next two years. This is accomplished through consultation on mindful writing and journaling as well as tracking progress and milestones.
The cost covers weekly individual case management for resources (within the greater Seattle area), access to webinar sessions, access to evidenced-based best practice resources, connection to community based sober support groups, and developing ways to mentor and coach other’s by becoming a certified Christian recovery coach.
Scholarships will be awarded, and is contingent on financial donations generated from this website, to those who are seriously committed to their journey of self-improvement and recovery toward a meaningful and purposeful Christian life.
Please use the contact form if you have any questions regarding this program, are a Pastor or Ministry leader wanting to explore how a Men’s Mindful Christian Based Discipleship Program may help your goals of outreach, or want to ask upcoming volunteer opportunities.