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Celebrity Rehab part 2

March 12, 2008

I was also struck by a statement that Dr. Drew made with regard to rehab patients at graduation. He said that he knew some would fail, they always do, and while he works and hopes they won’t, he knows that isn’t usually the case. His attitude was we give them the information, support, direction and treatment but at some point they have to do it. He talked about the fact that even though at this point they don’t want to people put themselves in a position and a place and often relapse.

This didn’t stop him from carrying or helping but it was a part of the reality of treatment. I couldn’t help but think about the Parable of the Sower that is recorded in Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:1-23, and Luke 8:1-15.

I have often heard churches working to close the back door of the church building. If I look at it from Dr. Drew’s perspective what would I think? Have you ever worked with someone, shown them Christ, watched them surrender in baptism only to watch them walk away at some point? Did you wonder what you did wrong? Did you question your methods, did I teach enough, support enough etc? Maybe Dr. Drew understands human nature enough to know that even the people really want to get better, find healing, but maybe other forces are working against them and at times even their own learned behaviors are the problem.

When Jesus talked about thorns that choke out the growing plant was he being a defeatist? Was the seed or sower the problem? Does that mean we can’t make adjustments? Does it mean we don’t have poor discipleship training? No, but it did remind me that even when you do everything right it doesn’t mean that everything will go according to plant.

In the end Dr. Drew said that even for those who relapse he believes that he has planted a seed so that at some point in the depths of their addiction they will know where to turn. That is something I want to dwell on more.

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  1. March 12, 2008 2:18 pm

    I think we must make adjustments.
    In AA we stress that we must come to the understanding that their is a “Higher Power” greater than ourselves.
    Many have to over come that understanding.
    I believe churches need to be getting involved in “Real Life Issues of the World”. Helping the those who need help. Then offering salvation. I think that is the way Jesus did it. We announced A.A. in the local news paper. We do have some come because they have been ordered to by judge because of DWI’s. Yet their are others who actually want help. Wife has given them last chance to get clean or else. Other went to Dr. and Dr. told them if they didn’t stop drinking then they could die. We have one who could die if he takes just one more drink. The church needs to understand that addiction is real and members in their Churches need help. Addiction does pick and choose or stay away from “Christian homes.” I think many elders and minister would be suprised at how many in their congregations are addicted to something: sleeping pills, pain pill, alcohol, porn, and on and on…you name it. We need to offer them real help.

    We go by the A.A. model.
    Some didn’t like it because we use the term “Higher Power as you understand it.”
    We have to do that with the program.
    Make amends.
    If you want more information they can google A.A. to get to their web page to get information you need to start a group, rules and lots of other info. The same goes with N.A., etc. We must meet people where they are and give them the help they need to function in life so they can truely live the abundant life in Christ.

    Darin, thanks for this topic so much brother.

  2. March 12, 2008 2:43 pm

    Sometimes love makes it hard to accept that people are people. We love them so much that we hurt when they hurt.

    Sometimes we’re self-centered. When something goes wrong, it must be ebcause of something we did or did not do.

    Sometimes we’re painfully obtuse and oblivious, unwilling to evaluate our own practices despite clear failures. “Many are called, but FEW ARE CHOSEN,” we say smugly.

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