Serenity

Recovery from drugs, alcohol and addictions of any kind.

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Problem

Addiction to drugs and alcohol or other life-controlling, damaging addictive agents.

Solution

Christian 12-step recovery.

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Philosophy

As people hit bottom and begin to search for a way out of addiction, the person who goes to AA or NA and church have the best chance for continued recovery.

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TIME AND PLACE

Serenity meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at OroNaz. The last Wednesday of every month is Dinner Night, in which we eat a free dinner and hand out birthday chips for those celebrating an anniversary of sobriety. Serenity is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and follows many of their traditions, but recognizes Jesus Christ as our Higher Power. However, you do not need to believe in Jesus to attend Serenity. We welcome people of all faiths, creeds and backgrounds.

Who should attend Serenity?

We believe nobody can tell you if you struggle with an addiction, you must make that decision for yourself. Anyone is welcome who believes they struggle with some form of addiction. Our members also regularly attend AA, NA, Friday Nite Grace and other recovery groups. Smoking is allowed outside the Fellowship Hall.

Serenity begins each meeting with a group introduction and announcements, followed by sharing of praises.

After a short break, we break out into several groups:

  • Newcomers — led by Pete G. and Bill G. As always, this is a Step Study out of the Serenity Bible.
  • Men’s Group — headed by Bill K. All men are welcome.
  • Women’s Group — led by Abby M. and Monica. All women are welcome.
  • Couple’s Group — led by Albert & Patricia L. for all couples in recovery.
  • Sereni-non — Alice J. leads a group for codependents (similar to Al-Anon) for spouses and family of alcoholics and addicts.
  • Anger Management — Pastor Ed teaches his one-of-a-kind class for managing anger in a godly way.
  • Special Groups — Randy R. leads special groups on topics like reconciling your past to Jesus.

Note to participants:

All meetings are confidential and anonymous. The photos you see were taken with the express consent of those pictured. We do not photograph or record meetings. We will never publish anything about you without your permission.

List of Addictive Agents

This list itemizes the 18 categories of addictive agents that we seek recovery from. Most of us find ourselves somewhere on this list, and many of us have struggled with many items on this list. Many attendees of Serenity have regained complete freedom from every agent listed below.

  1. Alcohol or drugs (including tobacco).
  2. Work, achievement and success.
  3. Money addictions, such as overspending, gambling or hoarding.
  4. Control addictions, especially if they surface in personal, sexual, family and business relationships.
  5. Food addictions.
  6. Sexual Addictions.
  7. Approval dependency (the need to please people).
  8. Rescuing patterns toward other persons.
  9. Dependency on toxic relationships (relationships that are damaging and hurtful).
  10. Physical illness (hypochondria).
  11. Exercise and physical conditioning.
  12. Cosmetics, clothes, cosmetic surgery, trying to look good on the outside.
  13. Academic pursuits and excessive intellectualizing.
  14. Religiosity or religious legalism (preoccupation with the form and the rules and regulations of religion, rather than benefiting from the real spiritual message).
  15. General perfectionism.
  16. Cleaning and avoiding contamination and other obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
  17. Organizing, structuring (the need always to have everything in its place).
  18. Materialism.

If you struggle with any item(s) on this list, we believe Serenity is right for you. Consider yourself more than welcome to join us.

12 Steps of Serenity

These steps are adapted from the original twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Though Serenity Group follows many of the norms and traditions of AA, we are not formally affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs