Month: December 2017

Danger Ahead!

In this series, we share counsel from NewDay President Dan Johnson’s book, “The Journey to Freedom.” The book provides an overview of The Principles of Freedom, a study guide for individuals, and it is the primary text for Recovery Fellowship groups. It is based on the Exodus and the Israelites journey from bondage and slavery into the promised land. 

The path of addiction is like a highway that abruptly ends at the edge of a cliff. If you don’t stop, you will go over the edge and meet a horrible end. For those on the path of addiction, the cliff is a broken life, a broken family, prison, or even death. As you speed along the highway, there are probably people who are pleading with you to take the next exit ramp. They want you to change or get some help. Even you may sense the need to exit, but you have a lot of reasons to keep going: a level of excitement, pleasure, peer acceptance, and comfort. You like speeding down the highway and assume that you will be okay. Besides, you can’t even see the cliff.

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In this series, we share counsel from NewDay President Dan Johnson’s book, “The Journey to Freedom.” The book provides an overview of The Principles of Freedom, a study guide for individuals, and it is the primary text for Recovery Fellowship groups. It is based on the Exodus and the Israelites journey from bondage and slavery into the promised land. 

Whether you are just starting out or have been at it for awhile, the pursuit of freedom requires a high level of internal motivation to get away from your habit. This will always be true. If you don’t have a burning desire to be free, you probably won’t put enough effort into getting there. Similarly, if you don’t maintain a strong desire to stay free, the risk of falling back into the old habit will increase.

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In this series, we share counsel from NewDay President Dan Johnson’s book, “The Journey to Freedom.” The book provides an overview of The Principles of Freedom, a study guide for individuals, and it is the primary text for Recovery Fellowship groups. It is based on the Exodus and the Israelites journey from bondage and slavery into the promised land. 

Unfortunately not everyone who experiences misery gets serious about changing. But those who do generally share these three convictions:

  • I have a growing hatred of my condition. There is very little fun in this any longer. I hate the pain, guilt, and consequences.
  • I am afraid that if I keep going this way, it could be devastating. I could lose my marriage, my job, my house, or my kids; and I might even go to jail.
  • I am ready to work at it. I know it’s going to be hard, but I am willing to put effort into it—not because someone is forcing me or is checking up on me, but because it’s what I want.

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In this series, we share counsel from NewDay President Dan Johnson’s book, “The Journey to Freedom.” The book provides an overview of The Principles of Freedom, a study guide for individuals, and it is the primary text for Recovery Fellowship groups. It is based on the Exodus and the Israelites journey from bondage and slavery into the promised land. 

Slavery has no up side, and it never will. Exodus 1:11 states that taskmasters afflicted the people with hard labor. The taskmasters worked for Pharaoh. Pharaoh was the leader of Egypt who had enslaved the people. Exodus 1:14 states that the people were forced to work rigorously, which made their lives bitter. The People of Israel were in a horrible place.

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Residential Coming 2018

NewDay’s residential program provides adult men who need an intensive environment to address their struggle with substance abuse and addiction. The program includes 24-hour care and medical detox oversight. It is led by a team of licensed professionals, ordained clergy, and peer counselors. The residential program utilizes a biblically based curriculum and weaves learning experiences, activities, and counseling together in order to provide each participant with the knowledge, encouragement, and daily skills necessary to break free from an addictive habit, push through the slow transition, and experience true freedom. A structured aftercare plan is provided for each participant. Topics addressed include:

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