You Can Bring Freedom!

With your support, Redeemed2Repeat can provide the necessary tools and support for people to successfully rebuild their lives. Every day we walk with people in their life-long journey of change, shatter the darkness of addiction and teach people HOW to live a new life free from addiction!

The need is great, but together we can save lives, restore families and change our communities…one life at a time.

WILL YOU JOIN US?

Will you consider becoming one of 200 monthly donors? Your monthly partnership will bring the message of FREEDOM to those who are told they will always be addicts.

Your monthly commitment will help us continue to walk with people like Amy in their journey to freedom in Christ. If you are unable to commit to a monthly gift, would you consider a one time gift?

WHY is it important to meet our monthly budget? Once our monthly budget needs are met, we can move on to our next important project! A Women’s Mentor/Discipleship house! A place for women to rebuild their lives, learn to live in freedom and have the support and training to live free from their addictions. More details on this project to come…

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Thank you for prayerfully considering a monthly commitment to bring freedom and hope.
We are grateful!!

 

THE GAME CHANGER NEWSLETTER

Being a teenager in today’s world brings heartache and challenges that most of us never had to face. The realities of the ugliness of the world, the busyness of our schedules and the decline in our knowledge of God has created a mess for our children.

Why do teens use drugs?
Teens turn to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons, but the main reasons are coping with pressure, numbing their pain, boredom or rebellion. The availability of substances makes the problem even greater. For decades the government has tried to address teen drug and alcohol use with campaigns like

“Just say No,” “This is Your Brain on Drugs” and other fear-driven approaches. The new trend in anti-drug messaging is trying to relate with teens and an attempt to offer “something better.”

Why aren’t these approaches successful?
There are many well-intentioned people truly trying to make a difference in the world, yet positive affirmations and nice words are not enough. Words alone cannot fix the problem. The only words powerful enough to change someone are God’s Words (Hebrews 4:12). This is what makes Redeemed2Repeat different.

In July 2016, we began a teen support group called “Fighting for Hope” in response to a number of hurting teen girls needing help. These girls have experienced much pain and suffering in their life. The pain caused by addicted parents cuts deep and without the correct help, kids medicate their pain with destructive behavior.

The Redeemed2Repeat teen meeting helps girls who have deep wounds to understand God’s love for them, His ability to heal them, take away their shame and give them a new life. The meeting is real, raw and we don’t shy away from the realities of their pain. But we don’t stop there. We identify their pain, acknowledge it and connect them with scripture and practical application for their life. We teach them how to fight for hope in the darkness that is their life. We provide a safe place for them to share honestly about what they are going through and help them to understand how the Bible, God’s very Words to us, can help them, can heal them and can give them hope in the darkness of their suffering. We don’t talk about details of what has happened; rather we talk about how the things that have happened in our life affect us, how we feel and think about these things, and how we can have hope and healing through Christ.

What does this look like and is it enough?
I’d like to tell you about 14-year-old Brooke. When I met Brooke she was afraid. She had been so hurt that she had trouble having a conversation and couldn’t look me in the eye. When we began the teen meetings, most of the girls could not openly share and mostly answered shallow questions. They were afraid to trust because they have been so deeply wounded by people who should have protected them. In our very first meeting, we talked about pain, about suffering, but we also talked about hope and how to find hope in the midst of our pain and darkness. The girls didn’t talk much but they began to see a life-changing connection to God.

One of the things we do to help both adults and teens understand and apply God’s Word is through growth assignments or homework. Change doesn’t happen in the meeting, it happens when they take what they have learned and engage with God through the everyday situations in their lives. One of the growth assignments was to read Psalm 139 and write down how God’s Words spoke to them personally.

 

Here is what Brooke wrote:

Psalm 139:5, You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
“This stood out to me and I thought that I am all put together and He knows what is going to happen to me in my life and He knows from today to the day I die and go live with Him in eternity. Also, that He will always help me through the journey that He has set up for me. It says to me that He’s looking at us from all sides and watches and leads us to follow Him. Another thing is, He will sew up our life that was in the darkness and help us get through life even if it is a hard life and road.”

This young woman, with all the horrible things she has endured in her short 14 years is learning how to hear God, how to believe God and how to trust God. Isn’t this the very struggle we all have? Redeemed2Repeat helps people who have been conditioned to think that they are different than “normal people” to see that we are all the same and our greatest need is met in Christ.

Brooke has great support in her life now and Redeemed2Repeat is just a small piece of that. She doesn’t have to hide or pretend. She has grown so much in the past year. She smiles. A lot. She is more comfortable with herself and others. She continues to learn about God and how He loves her and helps her.

The leader of the teen group, Chris Harris, has done an amazing job in bringing deep truths to a very practical level. She purchased journals for the girls just for use in the group. They write notes during the meeting, and when we ask questions that might be too scary to answer out loud, they write the answers in their journals. Over the past year, I have seen these girls grow, become more comfortable with who they are and open up and share. The girls are learning how to go to God with their pain instead of to other things like cutting or drugs or alcohol.

How do we reach teens?
The best anti-drug message we have is God’s Word. But I’m not talking about clichés or “Bible band-aids.” I’m talking about helping people truly understand Who God is and what He has done. Their greatest need, as is true for all of us, is a Savior to rescue us, a big God, the creator of heaven and earth, who loves us, and has given us everything we need to live this life (2 Peter 1:3).

This journey takes time. A long time. This is what Redeemed2Repeat does. We walk with people. Sometimes we have to get in the darkness with people and walk with them there for a while so they see the light of Christ. John 1:5 says, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is what Redeemed2Repeat is all about. This is why your prayers are so needed and appreciated. Thank you for standing with us. Lives are being changed.

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Help us grow our teen program! We desire to expand our reach with teens.
We would love to be able to offer these girls a weekend retreat, movie night,  or coffee time to talk. If you would like to help us with this, you can donate here. Thank you!

President and Founder of Hope For Addiction, Inc. Liz Beck

We recently featured our support group leaders on social media so you could get to know them.
I asked my co-worker Tracy to help me write something about our founder Liz. This is the result.

Liz has experienced sufferings and trials in her own life and has trusted the Lord as he has made beauty from the ashes. Liz loves the lost. She isn’t afraid of the messiness of people’s lives and sacrifices her life to love and helps those who struggle with addiction. The Lord has revealed the plans he has set before her and with the hope, she has in Jesus, she carries the burdens of others. She sacrifices her time to meet with countless people and brings hope into their lives.

Liz has brought many people into her home to live, to be an instrument in their growth and new life of change. She shares Jesus, hope for freedom from substance abuse and new life in Christ. She walks alongside people and helps to connect them with mentors, counseling, gives rides, attends court hearings and takes late night phone calls.

Liz attends countless meetings with city and state officials on new committees who see the need for different programs in the valley. She talks with parents of addicts and works with sober living homes. She has started a monthly support meeting for teens. With the wide range of those affected by addiction, she is working hard to reach children, parents, and families.

Redeemed2Repeat started with an idea a few years ago and now has weekly meetings in multiple locations and over thirty people regularly attending. Several Christ-centered churches are interested in starting programs in their cities. There is not a single program out there like Redeemed2Repeat. Where the only step you need to take is one, of faith.

A team has been built to help lead meetings and we are so grateful for the people God has brought to this ministry. Liz lives her life to honor the Lord and help others know Jesus. She juggles the ministry and is a mom of two amazing kids. She seeks counsel for her own life and desires to be an example that pleases the Lord. Her foundation, faith, and pastoral care are evidence that Liz desires to bring the truth and hope that set people free.

Liz, thank you for your love, care, and sacrifice! We are grateful for you and we praise the Lord he has used your life and experiences to reach hundreds of people who would have otherwise been stuck in the identity of the addict.

We are no longer slaves to addiction, we are FREE!

Click here for more information about Redeemed2Repeat, to get help or to partner with us.

When your mom is an addict: A daughter’s story of survival

I don’t exactly know when the addiction started? It seems like it was always there. I don’t remember a birthday party or Christmas where I didn’t have to explain what was going on with my mom and why she seemed so ‘’tired’’ or “down.” Growing up it was always just me and my mom at home. It’s not that no one else was around because there was, but she quit her job when I was 9 or 10 and my dad was supporting us with one job and my older sister was in high school. It was just me and momma, taking care of one another. I just remember my mom was having a hard time but I was too young to understand why.  I had no idea what addiction even was.

Not too long after, both of my older brothers went to prison at the same time. It was really hard on all of us. Instead of turning to each other for a shoulder to cry on and finding comfort in one another, my mom found comfort in those little devils, we call medicine.

That’s what I remember the most. From then on everything got a lot more drastic. She cried every night and would never come out of her room, barely ate. Coming home to her sleeping just became the new normal. There were years’ worth of little incidents like that. But they were more than little, they were as often as the heat is here in Arizona and they built up so much tension and emotion in the family.

 For some reason, these things happened when it was just the two of us, so of course, I would care of her and do whatever I could to make her present again. Being a kid, barely in your teen years and having to take care of someone who should be caring for you and making you dinner and making sure that you’re ready for bed, is something I became accustomed to. That was definitely the hardest thing for me because I had to not only care for myself but for my mom, and doing that means having to grow up a lot faster and having to mature faster than a kid should. It was almost like she was never there. She was there physically but emotionally in a totally different place. 

The last episode, I remember so vividly. We went to church early because she was serving coffee and she asked me to help her. As an hour or so went by I started to notice the usual signs: shaking hands, drowsy eyes, slurring words. You know, the whole nine yards.  I asked her if she took her medicine and of course, she denied it and became angry. She started yelling at me, telling me that I was embarrassing her. She didn’t even know that I was the one who was embarrassed. My aunt took us home and we had a big argument. She was falling all over, tripping off of pills. I was so angry and sad and scared and overwhelmed. I couldn’t take it anymore. I called my dad to come home from work or I was going to call an ambulance. We all knew she had to get help. Our family was falling apart.  – We all needed help!

Then my mom found Redeemed2Repeat… 

My mom has been clean and sober for almost three years.  Today, she enjoys helping other women who attend the Redeemed2Repeat meetings. She has come a long way and has been working hard to remain sober. My mom continues to work to restore relationships within our family. I have my mom back and she takes care of me.

 

We have a great relationship. It wasn’t always this way. Addiction almost destroyed our family. It has been a long journey and our story continues…

If you are struggling with addiction and need help, contact us today! There is no charge for our services.

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Lasting Change for Addiction, the Long Journey to Rebuild Lives

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The destruction that happens when someone is in their addiction takes years to sort through. They are learning life skills that were neglected, rebuilding trust with family that was lied to and hurt, addressing legal and financial issues and learning to live life in the open and in the light of truth. This process does not happen overnight. For family members, they have seen “change” before only to be disappointed time after time. It takes a long while for the walls to begin to come down and for family to be ready to trust and tackle their issues. For the person who is excited about their new life and ready to move on, this reality can be discouraging and many people relapse at six months or a year because of this. This is why Redeemed2Repeat works with people to be ready, to be patient with their family and remember that their loved ones lived this roller coaster for years. We know this is a journey and we are committed to walk with people and help them rebuild their lives… for the long haul.

Where are some of the people whose stories we have shared over the past three years? What are they up to? You may read their stories and think, “Wow, this is amazing, there is no more work to be done.” The reality is, they are just beginning. We wanted to update you on a few people so you can see that they are continuing to do the heart work required for lasting change. God began a good work in them and He promises to complete His wwe-have-the-priviledgeork (Philippians 1:6). We have the privilege to be a part of God’s ongoing work of transformation.

Tracy: Tracy is more than two and a half years sober. She continues to serve on staff with Redeemed2Repeat and is a vital part of ministry to other women coming for help. Tracy’s family was almost destroyed by her addiction and she continues to face the difficult task of owning her sin against her family and working through reconciliation with them. She has made her marriage a priority and in recent months deeper healing is taking place. I am so proud of Tracy. She has looked at some really harsh realities, and with ttracy-marchhe support of her discipleship team, is working through the next level of healing with her family.

Michelle: What a miracle Michelle is! She is one month shy of two years clean. Two years ago, she could hardly articulate her thoughts, was filled with anxiety and was headed to court for a divorce. God has changed Michelle and after eighteen months of hard work and consistent faithful heart work, she has been reconciled with her family. She was excited to learn how to cook and clean and serve her family. She volunteers in her kids’ classrooms at school and is an example to the new ladies coming to Redeemed2Repeat. Michelle’s life shines with hope for others. Everyday tasks used to overwhelm Michelle. Now she calls or texts with celebration in the everyday, mundane duties. Recently she sent a text with photos of her teaching her kids to cook. What a joy!

Jason: Jason just celebrated twelve years! Although Jason came to Redeemed2Repeat sober, he was unfulfilled and felt that something was missing. He discovered that Jesus is what was missing. How Jason has grown is remarkable! He desires to lead his family and is learning to be the husband and father he always wanted to be. He has men who are helping him to know what this looks like in everyday life and working through the challenges. Jason is also one of our disciplers, working with men early in their journey.jason-march-newHe also serves as the Redeemed2Repeat representative on the Town of Gilbert Behavioral Health Task Force Crisis Team Training Sub-committee.

Tracy, Michelle, and Jason continue to work diligently, growing in their relationship with the Lord. They exemplify the meaning of our name, repeating in the lives of others what they have been given; a new life in Jesus Christ, free from addiction!

 

We are thankful for our donors who are a part of God’s miraculous work through prayers and financial partnership! The partnership makes it possible for lives to be changed and for us to walk this journey with people who were once without hope. Prayer and faithful giving brings hope for addiction!

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REDEEMED2REPEAT UPDATE

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We read headlines like this and we can become numb to the realities of the truth behind them. These are 20,000 people who were lost in hopelessness. Twenty thousand men and women running to substances to mend the ache in their souls. Twenty thousand people who did not understand the dangers or the seriousness of their problem because a doctor was giving them their drugs.

People are dying.

Opioid and prescription drug deaths have increased every year for the past five years. Opioid deaths in Arizona alone rose from 521 in 2012 to 701 in 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatal drug overdoses outnumbered fatal car crashes and shootings in 2013.

These are people who do not always look like the addicts we think of: living on the street or in drug houses, needles and filth. These are people like you and me. Trying to find hope in a dark and harsh world. Many times a physical injury or real physical pain begins with prescribed pain medication, and people quickly find the medication also assists with emotional pain they are experiencing. Then begins the spiral. Eventually, more medication is needed and the cycle continues.

This seems hopeless. And for so many it is hopeless. But we have the answer! The hope we have in Jesus is like salve to the wounded, broken soul.

Bryan came to the Gilbert My Hope for Addiction meeting last week. He is currently in rehab and had a recent suicide attempt. He is desperate for hope. When he came to the meeting he said he had nowhere and no one. He was afraid to be at the meeting but he knows if he doesn’t do something he will die. Something happened in the meeting. Bryan was loved and accepted. He heard how God, in His kindness, allows us to see our need for Him and He gives us hope and the power to change. This broken, hopeless young man returned to the rehab center with hope. This hope was so evident that people around him noticed. Bryan’s situation remains the same, but he was given a precious gift. Bryan is coming to church this week and our team is working with him to transition into sober living and discipleship. Bryan’s journey will be difficult but he now has a community of people who have experienced change and freedom in Christ and are willing to walk with him, teach him and help him grow in his relationship with the Savior who can rescue.

This is why Redeemed2Repeat exists. Christ came to shatter the darkness with hope and new life. Psalm 139:12 says “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you” and John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” We bring light and hope to a dark and hopeless world.

Bryan’s journey is just beginning but I have great hope for him. Not because Redeemed2Repeat is here, but because Jesus came to seek and save the lost and bring hope to a dying world. When you invest in Redeemed2Repeat, you invest in people. Individuals, not just statistics. Thank you for making a difference, for allowing us to be here, on the front lines in this battle for souls, for hope.

As we move forward in 2017, we desire to expand and grow programs that have been and are being developed; continue to train and equip leaders to more effectively care for people; grow and fine-tune the discipleship program; and expand to other churches, training and equipping more people to reach their own communities.

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Beauty and hope for addiction, sharing victories and struggles

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My world became dark when I was 17, May 1982. I was the driver in a tragic car accident that took the life of a friend. It was then I lost my smile and dove head first into a world of alcohol and drugs. I managed a stint in the military, college, a failed marriage, three wonderful sons and a nursing profession that gave me carte blanche access to the best drugs.

Fast forward to 2006. I was addicted to drugs and sinking fast. I had to have opiates in my system just so my body wouldn’t get sick. I reached out to a friend and I ran to Florida to rehab. I spent most of my life running. Every chance I got, I ran from trouble, feelings and emotions. Soon running wouldn’t help me. I got clean but couldn’t maintain sobriety. God was so far away I didn’t even know if I believed in Him and I felt that He didn’t love me. I failed Him and my life proved that. Growing up, God was a dude that hung on a cross in every classroom I walked into. I was often told “God doesn’t like little girls who do this or that.” I had no relationship and I idolized everything but God.

I bounced in and out of recovery for two years, gaining only enough sobriety to realize the pain I was feeling was far worse than the pain of using. Relapse was just another failure.

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I began my recovery journey eight years ago and I began to string some sobriety time together. Things went seemingly for a while. Then again, the pain of being sober was far greater than the pain of using. Soon my world exploded and I found myself addicted, again!

I was in a church small group with a couple who saw me struggling. They reached out periodically. They cared, knew nothing about addiction, but they cared. They helped me detox and then began pouring into me and discipling me. This coumary-first-picple believed in me.

WHOA- Someone believed in me!  They walked with me through the loss of a marriage, mental health issues, financial difficulties, job difficulties, potential relapse and an insurmountable amount of God growth. I was beginning to find my identity in Christ and a purpose to live. This woman discipled me for over a year and I am forever grateful.

My Christian community was growing, along with strong accountability and healthy Christian women. I started to become active in a faith-based recovery program.  I had major victories and sustained behavior change.  In December 2015 I celebrated six years of sobriety. Soon after I faced a trial that  tested the tools and faith I was given. My health, work and personal life were all amazing so why would God allow me to struggle? I called it a struggle, but today I know it as something very much different.

The  recovery community that I trusted, started to become unsafe. Old worldly behaviors seeped back into my life and they were condoned. The blind leading the blind. Something was just not right.  I took my concerns to God and others, seeking biblical counsel. I went back to my roots which weren’t so deep as it was.

My community was under attack.  At one point I began to question my own sanity, manageability, faith and recovery. this-was-unlike I questioned God. I prayed big for a long time. I became a nomad in my own faith. I had more work to do.  I dove deeper into God and started to do some serious soul searching. I felt betrayed and deeply wounded. I battled my heart for days. God continued to direct my path and I began to sit quietly, again basked in his grace. My heart ached. I waited on God.

This monsoon delivered a driving rain for about eight months. I was ready to throw in the towel. I lost my hope in people. My idol had become a main stream recovery program with all the bells, whistles, timers and rules. I was done. I put down my Kool-aid and begged God for answers. mary-and-kelli

Then He answered. Today I know why God closed the door. He opened another door: Redeemed2Repeat. God posted on Facebook with the hash tag #myhopeforaddiction. One night I saw the Redeemed2Repeat meeting promo in a Facebook group. God knew what I was yearning for and he cracked a door for me. I had to be bold and walk through that door. That first night at the Redeemed2Repeat meeting, I sat in my “out the door seat” and just listened. I heard beauty. I heard hope. I watched hope. Approximately 20 men and women walking through life together with their eyes clearly set on God. This was unlike anything I had ever encountered in the recovery world. I knew this was a special gift from God. These people were applying God’s Word, sharing victories and struggles. The best part was pretty much everyone had a Bible open. When I left that night, I left with hope.mary-page-2

God renewed my faith and gave me Redeemed2Repeat.

Today, I long for His fellowship and intimacy. He gave me a welcoming community who fosters my relationship with God. Redeemed2Repeat grows relationships. It’s that simple! Redeemed2Repeat wants me to seek Jesus and teaches me how to actually DO that.

A recovery program is helpful in providing tools but real freedom is found in Christ. The most growth in my life came through relationships with people who love God. I’m not new to recovery, but I am a baby Christian. I need people in my life that will continue to teach me. Redeemed2Repeat is that and provides me with women who can point me towards God not steps or a program. All I have to do is ask, be willing and keep my eyes focused on Him. I am grateful for all that I am learning and for the people who are helping me know God more, not just stay sober.

For more information about Redeemed2Repeat click here.

 

 

RX Matters Presentation | Jan 24th 4:00-5:00PM

REDEEMED2REPEAT IS HOSTING AN INFORMATIVE SEMINAR ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

 January 24th from 4:00-5:00PM

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, drug related deaths in adults over 55 years old increased annually from 94 in 2003 to 351 in 2013.

In response to the statewide prescription misuse and abuse initiative, AZ HIDTA, and Mercy Maricopa, The Area Agency on Aging, Region One, developed an education presentation to address the medication misuse that is happening in our older adult populations in Arizona.

The goal of this presentation is to help older adults to understand why this is an important issue that they need to pay attention to, and teaches tools to help individuals to avoid medication misuse and abuse.

rx-matters-advertising-flyerSome important points in this presentation are:

• Definitions and consequences of Rx misuse and abuse
• How to talk to your doctor and pharmacist
• How to talk to your doctor about pain
• Realistic pain management expectations
• When you can’t afford your medication
• Safe storage and disposal of prescription medications
• Tips and ideas

 

Please join us. Invite a friend!
Resources | Refreshments | Giveaways

Cottonwood Phoenix Room
located at 25630 S. Brentwood Dr. | Room A-9

Please RSVP to Melanie with your name by calling 480 744-1544 or email us at connect@myhopeforaddiction.com 

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Hooked RX: From Prescription to Addiction Airs on Jan 10th @ 6:30PM

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Prescription opioid abuse is a prevalent issue in the United States and in Arizona. With the U.S. Surgeon General and the Arizona Governor’s office making efforts to address this epidemic, it’s definitely relevant and timely.

Taking prescription opioids often starts off innocently, possibly for an injury. Then this scourge can lead to an addiction that wreaks havoc on someone’s life.

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA) recognized this issue and this opportune time to investigate this epidemic. Through the use of research and storytelling, the documentary hopes to reach out to Arizonans and inform them on this epidemic.

“Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction” will reveal different aspects of the issue in Arizona’s own backyard. Numerous students in the Cronkite School’s professional programs worked to create, broadcast and promote this revealing and informational documentary.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, television and radio stations will broadcast this investigative report without any commercial interruptions.

Local places to Watch:

Debut Screening

  • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    First Amendment Forum
    Jan. 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Additional Screenings

  • Memorial Union at ASU’s Tempe Campus
    Pima Auditorium
    Jan. 19, 2017 at 6 p.m.
  • University Center at ASU’s West Campus
    Devil’s Lair
    Jan. 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.

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