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Category Archives: Addictions

4 Approaches to the Use of the Label “Porn Addiction”

For the biblical counselor—indeed, for any counselor—words matter. How we label a problem impacts how we approach it. And since pornography use is at an all-time high—and by some estimations, even in the church—it remains a critical question for biblical counselors today: Should I encourage others to label their problem an “addiction” and if so, what does that mean? Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Pornography, Psychology and Christianity, Sexual Purity | Tags: , ,

A Testimonial: How Biblical Counseling Helped Set Me Free from Alcohol and Drugs

This blog post and resource is part of a Biblical Counseling Coalition series of testimonies by people who have received biblical counseling. Though anonymous, each testimony is from a real person who is excited to share how biblical counseling has benefited them. Today’s testimony highlights the power of God’s Word to set us free from alcohol and drug addiction. Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Christian Living, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , , ,

Bridge to Hope: A Biblically-Based Addictions Program

We at the Reigning Grace Counseling Center believe that the addict can be set free from their enslaving lusts as they begin to understand the heart of addiction. Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Biblical Counseling, Hope, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sanctification | Tags: , , ,

How to Do a Biblical Intervention, Part 2: A Sample Intervention Letter

There are four elements to include in your letter based upon 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Biblical Counseling, Methodology, Parenting, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

How to Do a Biblical Intervention, Part 1: Preparation to Intervene

Addiction counselors will do much of their work with family members and friends of the “addict.” One of the key helps a counselor can offer is to be a peace-maker (Matthew 5:9) by offering to do an intervention with the family and their addicted loved one (Matthew 18:15-18). Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Conflict, Parenting, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

Vision of Hope: Serving the Community to Impact the World

While church-based counseling has often been the centerpiece of the biblical counseling movement, for many years we’ve seen a widening of potential models of care. What happens when Christians in local churches think creatively about how to meet the counseling needs of their community? Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Cutting and Self-Harm, Eating Disorders, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , ,

Vision of Hope: Reaping Where We Did Not Sow

Vision of Hope is a residential program for young women with four focal areas: addictions, eating disorders, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancy. Dr. Shaw discusses the program and why he moved to Indiana and Faith Church to lead that ministry. Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Lies You Believe and the Truth that Sets You Free

In our humanness, we seek a variety of vices to escape emotional pain. One of the most hidden vices is cutting and self-harm. Built on a foundation of lies, the scars, pain, and blood are insufficient means of satisfying your soul. Learn from the psalmist in Psalm 42 and put your hope in God. Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Cutting and Self-Harm, Faith, Gospel-Centered Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , , ,

Bringing Self-Harm Habits Into the Light

We cannot ignore self-injurious behavior in the local church but encourage those truly struggling to bring the issue into the light so that Christ may be glorified. Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Cutting and Self-Harm, Idolatry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Repentance | Tags: , , , , , ,

Why Do I Hate Myself: Motivations for the Dreadful Habit of Cutting

What motivates cutting and self-harm and how does Christ’s gospel of grace bring relief and release from the desires to self-harm? Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Cutting and Self-Harm, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Stress | Tags: , , , , ,

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