Gladstone Park Church Opens Door to Overcomers, Addiction Recovery Ministry
The statistics alone are utterly devastating! Over 22 million individuals have a substance dependence or abuse problem in the U.S., according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2006). And while there seems to be no shortage of substances to become addicted to, nearly 14 million Americans meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders. Millions more have found their way to the medicine cabinet, and have become addicted to prescription medications.
Typical treatment for an addict begins with detoxification and rehabilitation programs, yet relapse back into the familiar rut of substance abuse is extremely likely if adequate support is not available. As such, nearly every community in America (and around the globe) is replete with numerous support groups, and twelve-step meetings offered around the clock. The value in these meetings is indescribable in their ability to build a support network of individuals who understand the challenges of being a recovering addict. One of the hallmarks of most 12-step support programs is the necessity of surrender to a "higher power," however, for the sake of being accessible to the broadest spectrum of people, higher power is left for each individual to define.
Gladstone Park Church has opened its doors to a ministry aimed at bridging the gap between the church and the traditional 12-step programs. ‘Overcomers Outreach' is a ministry born out of a deep need of a support system for individuals and families within evangelical Christian churches. Overcomers Outreach groups use the Bible and the "12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous" to minister to individuals who are affected by alcohol, mind altering drugs, sexual addiction, gambling, food and other compulsive behaviors or dependencies.
"The key difference between Overcomers Outreach and AA is that we know exactly who the Higher Power is, and we know His name," explains Bob Uhrig, Senior Pastor at the Gladstone Park Church.
Overcomers Outreach meetings operate independent of the local church but within the body of Christ. Their message is based on the Bible and the ministry is motivated by the love of God. Overcomers mission is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the hurting, and meet human needs in His name.
Chapter leader for Overcomers Outreach and member of the Gladstone Park Church, Dwayne McGuire, reports that the group at Gladstone has been meeting since late January, and is still in its early stages.
"We use the Life Recovery Bible which actually has the "12-steps" in it, and offers scriptural references that apply to each step, and we talk about how we can apply it to our own lives, and daily recovery," Dwayne offers.
Dwayne's own story is one of personal disaster overcome with triumph as Christ welcomed him back into his faith with open arms. Dwayne was raised in the Estacada Church, attended Hoodview and then Columbia Adventist Academy. After graduation, moved out on his own, stopped going to church, and "did his own thing."
"I was in prison for 16 months and went through four12-step programs and three different treatment programs. I've been sober for 2 years and 2 months, and am so grateful to be back on track with my faith in Jesus," Dwayne reports.
"This program was the only one that has really made a difference for me. In that you can share what is on your heart, there is some similarity with AA. But the application of Scripture is the difference, and we want to apply it to our own lives. I find that Overcomers meetings are more practical, more about what you can do about your problem, and also more structured than the typical AA or NA meeting."
Besides the 15 meetings offered within Oregon, Overcomers Outreach holds meetings in across the US, as well as in Canada, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia.
Overcomers Outreach meets at the Gladstone Park Church on Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you would like to learn more about Overcomers Outreach, please contact Dwayne McGuire or Pastor Bob Uhrig at 503.655.2614. To learn more, you may also visit http://overcomersoutreach.org/.