Loving the Addict in Your Pew Shows Churches How to Build a Recovery Ministry

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Written by a minister in long-term recovery, the book is a practical guide for church leaders on using the power of faith to connect with and aid those struggling with addiction.

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With this book, Charles Robinson creates a framework and a toolkit for building a recovery ministry that reaches out to those who so often go unsupported, helps them heal, and brings them back into the life of the church.

In the new book Loving the Addict in Your Pew: A Roadmap for Building a Church-Based Recovery Ministry, Charles W. Robinson, MA, LADC, CSAT, draws upon his personal experience with addiction as well as his career creating faith-based recovery ministries to show church leaders how they can be a source of hope and healing for their congregations.

It’s a practical and powerful guide that recognizes two truths: Addictions to substances and behaviors are at epidemic proportions, and churchgoers are not immune. With this book, Robinson, who has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 1982, shows church leadership how to forge life-saving ministries for those in their congregations who are struggling with addiction but who so often suffer in silence due to shame and fear of judgment.

Those in the ministry and addiction treatment communities praise Loving the Addict in Your Pew. “Chuck has written a book that makes sense out of the chaos of myth and ignorance associated with this subject,” said Teresa McBean, minister and executive director of Northstar Community and the National Association for Christian Recovery. “It’s clear, practical and well-grounded. It should sit on every pastor’s desk.”

David Sack, MD, noted addictionologist and chief medical officer of Elements Behavioral Health, noted: “Ministries are often at a loss as to how to help those within their congregations who are struggling with alcohol and drug use. With this book, Charles Robinson creates a framework and a toolkit for building a recovery ministry that reaches out to those who so often go unsupported, helps them heal, and brings them back into the life of the church.”

Robinson is a minister, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, a certified sex addiction therapist and the national director of Christian programming and outreach with Elements Behavioral Health, a national addiction and mental health treatment network. His work includes overseeing the Three Strands℠ Christian drug rehab program at COPAC℠ treatment center in Mississippi.

Loving the Addict in Your Pew is now available on Amazon.

About Elements Behavioral Health

Elements Behavioral Health is a network of behavioral health programs located throughout the United States. The Elements Behavioral Health® family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

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