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 Welcome to Christian Alcoholics

Christian Alcoholics is a self help group set up to help others who wish to stop drinking and stay sober.

We are offered a new life in Christ Jesus, that new life means a life free from sickness and addiction, sobriety just doesn't jump into your lap it has to be worked for,  too many people think that all they have to do to beat alcohol is to stop drinking.  Have I got news for them, when Satan gave man his devils brew he made sure it was hard to stop drinking it.  But stop we can. The real had bit is staying stopped! 

Don't go thinking that God will do for what you can do for yourself.

So what is alcoholism?

Well one definition is

An intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess.

Another is.

A prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms.

To me an alcoholic is a person who has a problem with drink! It doesn't matter how much we consume it's the way it affects us, some can be falling over after just a few drinks while others can still be drinking hours after starting. The difference is how the alcoholic feels when he takes his first drink of the day and the desire to have more once a drink has gone into his system, alcoholics suffer from a phenomenon of craving, it's hard to explain what it feels like to the non-alcoholic.  The best way I can describe these feelings is this 'it's a cold day, you are cold, you put on a coat that has been hanging above a hot radiator, as the coat slips on you feel a warm sensation all over your body'.  That was how I felt after my first drink of the day. On those rare occasions when I stopped at just the one or two drinks it wouldn't take long for the craving to start, that would begin with a feeling of being let down, as if someone had taken away my favourite toy; my stomach would be churning and I would become fidgety and angry, all these feeling would go away once I took another drink and it would be replaced by a warm comfortable sensation. That is how it was for me, for others it may not be the same we are all different.  God knows us well enough to see within us, to see what's wrong.  To put things right we must begin by placing our trust in Him and letting His will be done in our lives daily.

We have a Christian responce to the 12 Steps.

STEP ONE                                                                                                                                                       Is about recognizing our brokenness.
We admitted that we are powerless over the sin in our lives and as a result our life actions and attitudes have become unbearable to ourselves and to others, including God.
(Romans 7:18 Amp.) For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but cannot perform it; I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out; - (Matt. 26:41;Rom3: 23, 9:16)

Is about the birth or rebirth of faith in us.
We came to believe that Christ Jesus is an actual saving Power, Who can restore us to sanity and wholeness. (Romans 8:9-16) The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace, (Is. 26:3 Rom 1:21,6:23; 2 Tim. 1:7)

Involves a decision to let God be in charge of our lives.
We make a decision to turn our lives and will over to God through Jesus Christ.
(Romans 10:9-10) That if you confess with your mouth,” Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead; you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Ps. 32:5: Jn. 14:6: Acts 17:31: 2 Cor. 6:2)

Involves self-examination.
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and our actions in the light of the Holy Spirit and the Gospels of Jesus Christ.
(Gal. 6:4 Amp.) But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable in itself alone without resorting to boasting comparison’s with his neighbour. (Cor.11: 31; 2 Cor.13:5)

Is the discipline of confession.
We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
(James 5:16 Amp.) Confess to one another, therefore, your faults, and pray also for one another, that you may be healed and restored, to a spiritual tone of mind and heart. The earnest heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working. (Lev. 5:5-7a;Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13; 1 Jn 1:19)

Is an inner transformation sometimes called repentance.
We were entirely ready to surrender our characters' attitudes and actions to be reborn in Christ through the saving Power of His Death and Resurrection.
(James 4:7-10) So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God; God will draw close to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and turn to him. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage you and help you. (Psalms. 51:9-10; 2 Peter 1:3-4)

Involves the transformation or purification of our character.
We choose to renew our mind through God’s Word so that our sinful patterns can be transformed into patterns of righteousness.
(Rom. 12:2) Do not be conformed any longer to this world, But be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind, by the Word of God, by its new ideas and attitude’s, so that you may prove for yourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight for you. (1 Cor. 14:20; 2 Cor 10:5; Ephesians 4:22-23)

Involves examining our relationships and preparing ourselves to make amends.
We make a list of all persons we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
(Luke 6:31-37) Do to others, as you would have them do unto you. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. (Eph. 4:31-32; Phil. 2:13; Col. 3:13 Amp.)

Is the discipline of making amends.
We make direct amends to such people where possible, except when doing so will injure them or others.
(Rom. 12:18) If it is Possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Mt. 5:23-24; Thess. 4:11; Heb. 12:14)

Is about maintaining progress in recovery.
We continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong, promptly admit it.
(2 Cor. 13:5 Amp.) Examine and test you own selves, to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves. Do you not know that Jesus Christ is in you? (Prov. 28:13; 1Cor. 10:12-13 11:31-32)

Involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.
We seek to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, meditation, and obedience, praying for wisdom and the power to carry out His will.
(Ephesians 3:16) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and how high and deep is the Love of Christ, and to know this Love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think, according to his power that is at work in us, to Him be Glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Rom. 12:1-3; 1 Pet. 2:2-3; 2 Pet. 3:18; James 1:4-6)

Is about ministry
Having had a spiritual awakening, we try to carry the message of Christ grace and restoration power to others who are still dependent upon alcohol, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
(Philemon 6) I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of everything we have in Christ. (Ps. 51:12-13; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:8; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)

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