Sharing Hope And Recovery Experience
This is a voluntary fellowship of individuals from all walks of life who meet and support one another to overcome various addictions, dependencies, or destructive behaviors. Some of these might include food, controlling others, sex, drugs, prescription drugs, gossip, alcohol, gambling, self-abuse, etc. Through admission of powerlessness, Christians and non-Christians come together to share help, hope, and support to regain control of their lives and behaviors.
The program is sponsored by Carrollton Church of Christ. The church is sensitive to the problems of various chemical dependencies and other addictions. We are thankful to sponsor this recovery program. A policy of cooperation with other organizations concerned with recovery has been adopted.
S.H.A.R.E. is a program of recovery and life change. For those who are chemically addicted it means total abstinence from alcohol or drugs. Participants with other addictions or dependencies strive to overcome these destructive behaviors. Some accomplish this by working through the “12 Steps To A Closer Walk With God” workbook and applying the steps to their lives. This includes Sharing Hope And Recovery Experience (Your Story) in meetings and by following and working the suggested steps of recovery.
Recovery is possible for the person who can be honest and who sincerely wants to overcome their addiction, dependency, or negative behavior. Spiritual bankruptcy, unmanageable lives, and physical illness which come through compulsive chemical abuse or destructive behaviors can be arrested by practicing and adhering to the principles set forth in the twelve suggested steps of S.H.A.R.E. Generally, a discussion of these steps is the focus of our meetings. Cross-talk in meetings is to be avoided.
Twelve Suggested Steps
(A modified version of A.A.'s twelve steps)
1. We admitted that we were powerless over __________, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that God could and would restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things that I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
The group meets at:
Carrollton Church of Christ
1023 Seminole Trail
Carrollton, TX 75007
Contact Eloy Mahan for more Information. (214) 236-2380
We meet each Monday night at 7:30 pm.