Hi! My name is Leslie and I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ celebrating 10 years of sobriety from drugs, alcohol, pornography and still struggling with codependency and anger.
Ten years ago today was the first day that I decided I would no longer drink alcohol or do illegal drugs. It has also been ten years since I’ve looked at pornography. (As I wrote that last sentence I wondered what you would think of me–that’s the codependent in me)
For those of you who don’t KNOW me (which is probably most of you), I spent the ages of 19-25 tangled up in witchcraft, drugs, alcohol, pornography, and sexual promiscuity. Then I found a Savior. He picked me up out of my mess and delivered me into a life without all those things. Without Jesus Christ, I would not be alive.
Ten years later, here I am: Married to an amazing man, taking care of my mom, going to church, singing for Jesus, arts & crafting, cooking, baking, writing this blog and involved in a program called Celebrate Recovery.
Celebrate Recovery not only helped to keep me accountable and sober, it has helped me deal with bad habits and deep hurts that until 2004, I refused to deal with. I have reconciled many broken relationships, stopped playing “the blame game”, taken responsibility for my actions/reactions and come to terms with who I am, who I was, and who God has planned for me to be. With Jesus, and the support of my forever family at Celebrate Recovery I have found victory in areas of my life that could have killed me.
Celebrate Recovery Is:
- A safe place to share.
- A refuge.
- A place of belonging.
- A place to care for others and be cared for.
- Where respect is given to each member.
- Where confidentiality is highly regarded.
- A place to learn.
- A place to demonstrate genuine love.
- A place to grow and become strong again.
- A place for progress.
- Where you can take off your mask and allow others to know who you are.
- A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
- A possible turning point in your life.
Celebrate Recovery IS NOT:
- A place for selfish control.
- A place for secrets.
- A place to look for dating relationships.
- A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
- A place for perfection.
- A long-term commitment.
- A place to judge others.
- A quick fix.
If you are interested in checking out Celebrate Recovery check out the National Celebrate Recovery Website and click on the “CR Groups” tab.
Celebrate Recovery is WORLD-WIDE.
If you’re interested in a local Celebrate Recovery check out BCF Church for more information.