Addiction and Recovery

John Simmons holds his father’s Bible; photo by Whitney Curtis

A Gambling Addict's Path to Redemption

Opening his late father’s Bible helped him to find God and reclaim his life

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Daron Babcok; photo by Eric Guel

God Guided This Recovering Addict to Plant a Community Farm

He’d never gardened a day in his life, but he was led to help an underserved Dallas community by growing fresh vegetables

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Author Christine Naman

A Mother's Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs

Author Christine Naman, whose teenage daughter struggled with addiction, discusses actions parents can take to decrease the likelihood that their children will get involved with alcohol and drugs and to help them get sober if they do.

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Christine Naman and Natalie; photo by Scott Goldsmith

Desperate to Help Her Addicted Daughter, a Mother in Denial Turned to God

It’s hard enough to have a daughter with a drug problem. It’s even harder to admit it.

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Life coach, podcaster and SoulCycle inspirer Noa Shaw; photo by Todd Plitt

This Former Addict is a Popular New York City SoulCycle Instructor

Addict. Drug dealer. Felon. But since getting sober he inspires others to do the same in his unique exercise class.

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Author and SoulCycle instructor Noa Shaw

Noa Shaw on Overcoming the Fear of Exercise

The author and SoulCycle instructor shares how conquering the fear of exercise and of asking for help has helped him achieve fitness, both physical and spiritual, and sobriety.

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Matt Hall; photo by Michael A. Schwarz

How He Came to Minister to Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

A novice chaplain, a novice hiker and only four years sober. Was he up to this unexpected new challenge?

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Today show news anchor Craig Anchor; photo by  Larsen&Talbert

Craig Melvin: His Father's Sobriety Restored Their Relationship

When his Pops finally stopped drinking at age 67, the Today show news anchor got acquainted with the man he barely knew.

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Today Show new anchor Craig Melvin; video by Larsen & Talbert

Craig Melvin: How His Father Was Changed by Sobriety

The Today Show news anchor shares what a difference it made in the life of his family when his father confronted and overcame his alcohol and gambling addictions.

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Pastor Matt Hall hikes the Appalachian Trail; video by Michael A. Schwarz

How the Great Outdoors Helped a Pastor on His Sobriety Journey

United Methodist pastor Matt Hall shares how a summer ministering to hikers along the Appalachian Trail influenced his recovery from drug addiction.

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Edward Grinnan

The Journey of Recovery: Making Peace with the Past

In a Jesus Calling podcast, Guideposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan makes a discovery.

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Glasses with a scenic view in the lenses; Illustration by Daniel Lievano

How a Fond Memory of Her Son Sustained Her

Drug addiction took her son. But a chance encounter with another child reminded her to open her eyes to God’s many miracles.

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Heather Henry and her son Tim;  photo by Jim Graham

How an Art Class Gave This Worried Mom Hope

She feared her son would never overcome his drug addiction—until she received divine assurance.

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An illustration of an angel hovering over a watermelon; Illustration by Sarah Wilkins

A Lone Watermelon Reminded Her to Let Go and Let God

After attending Al-Anon meetings, she realized that she was enabling her son’s narcotics addiction.

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