“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
About a year ago, God gave me the idea for what we are now calling a “New Breed of Recovery.” What this means is that we will be going at addiction from a different angle than what we have in the past. As we can see, old recovery methods are not working, because the issue of addiction is just continuing to grow worse instead of better. While some of the things like teaching curriculum, training, and equipping, along with self-discipline, will not change, some of the way we look at addiction and go after it has to change. Love is a big part of what the New Breed of Recovery is about. God showed me a long time ago that if I would just love these girls when they come to the Hope Center for Women and make them feel a part of us instead of just another patient, that He would do the rest. Love makes a big difference when we are trying to build relationship and respect with the girls as they come in, and it goes a long way when you’re dealing with people that most of the world has already given up on because of their choices. Love is not just a feeling; it’s an action.
Another main aspect of the new breed of recovery is transforming the girls minds out of the old mindset of “once an addict always an addict.” We help them see that they can become a new person without that mindset hanging around their neck like a scarlet letter. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” So the word of God proves then that “once an addict always an addict” is not true. Now our job is to train them to walk in the new life of Christ and leave the old behind. Jail and short-term programs can get people temporarily clean from the drugs themselves, because in jail or detox center their bodies doesn’t crave it after it has left their system. But once the jail doors open or they are released from the short-term program, they are right back in their old life again. Soon they will be using again because their minds and hearts have not been transformed. We want to create an atmosphere of freedom and authenticity at the Hope Center for Women. We want these girls to know that they are in a safe place where they can be themselves, with all their junk, and be met with love, not judgement. That’s when they will let God fully set them free from their issues and addictions and give them what they need to live the lives He created them to live.
The Hope Center for Women is beginning to look less like a traditional recovery home and more of a training and equipping center. We want the girls to focus on the new identity they have in Christ and the future God has for them, rather than dwelling on their pasts, regardless of what their pasts look like. They cannot change their pasts, but with the right training and God’s hand on their life, they sure can change their future. We want to train them, equip them, and make warriors out of them so they can go back out into the world and cut the head off of addiction - the very thing that once looked like it would kill them. As God brings these girls out of addiction, they become compassionate for seeing other people get set free from addiction. This creates a domino effect. To change a generation, we must change them from the inside out, and only the One that created their heart can change it.
Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will take out your stony stubborn heart and give a you a tender responsive heart.”
God is giving us formulas and strategies for this New Breed of Recovery because we are about to multiply. We have vision to open Hope Center for Women homes in other counties in Kentucky, as well as other states and nations. The curriculum we are writing will be the standard for all of our homes. It will be a model for excellence and integrity that follows the heart of God. We believe that God is doing a new thing at the Hope Center for Women with this New Breed of Recovery. It is not something that will just set captives free for a little while, but through it, God will set them free forever. Free for a lifetime. No more will these women be called addicts. They will be called Giant Slayers….because once they have been set free from addiction, they are warriors who will come back and cut the head off addiction for others’ lives.