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Trauma Informed Model of Addiction
At the bottom of the "addiction tree"  is the soil and seeds of addiction, which consists of emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual neglect or abuse. These are combined with innate hereditary factors.  This unhealthy foundation creates the tree’s roots – the very painful feeling of toxic shame and the resulting fear, anger, grief, and loneliness of the lost and rejected self.
The trunk of the addiction tree is the wounded psyche or self, and our sense of emptiness and isolation which we yearn to fulfill. The branches of the tree are an attempt to escape our painful feelings of shame, fear, anger, depression and sadness.
Spiritually, we are also trying to become whole again – attempting to mend our broken heart. These are the components of addiction in its many forms, and why it’s often described as an illness of the mind, body, and soul.

This is where Christ comes in... The soil and seeds of recovery are a loving and nurturing environment and relationships (aka TRAGS for one).  Having Jesus as your foundation  creates the healthy roots of security, self-esteem and confidence, gratitude, empathy, unselfishness, self-acceptance and compassion, and the ability to love oneself and others.
The trunk of recovery is a healthy sense of self and emotional sobriety. We feel connected to love and wholeness, and have a sense of spiritual awareness and well-being in our lives.
The fruits of recovery are healthy, meaningful relationships with self, others, and the world around us. We become increasingly able to live a fulfilling and abundant life. We self-actualize and can now realize our true potential and authentic-self.  Jesus is the answer!  Always has been, always will be.


2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."

Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path."

Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Psalms 55:22
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee"

John 10:10
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."


Guttermost to the Uttermost
Based on a true story, Ron Larry speaks of his past a drug dealer and drug user who many referred as "Detroit Slim." This eye opening story will touch the hearts of many struggling with addictions and know the powerful stronghold addiction brings to their life. This story brings a real life story of God's true redemptive power!

In the Grip of Grace
Author Max Lucado invites you to walk the mountain peaks of God's mercy. In his most theologically challenging book to date, In the Grip of Grace will remind you that the God who first made you is strong enough to sustain you.

Exposing Satan's Playbook
Author Perry Stone invites readers to dig into the strategy Satan uses against Christians. Sometimes the best defense is a good, hard look into the enemy's offense. Perry Stone uncovers the secrets and strategies Satan wants Christians to forget and most assuredly never understand how to defeat. Exposing Satan's Playbook answers important questions for readers such as what are Satan's greatest secret weapons? or how can Satan's plans be defeated?