Dear Friends,

As we approach a New Year a thought came to mind regarding our services here at the Foundations for Recovery.  I thought what an amazing concept of taking somebody that once found themselves in the grip of addiction, provide them resources for sobriety, assist them with sustainable long term recovery and encourage them to become a Peer Support Specialist at FFR.  This concept is working effectively at FFR by why?  I am reminded of a verse in 1 Corinthians 10:13 which states;

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

The words “except such as is common to man” rang deeply within my heart.  It was at that moment that I found myself not only with a heartfelt spirit of gratitude but with a passion to continue to take this message of HOPE to those who courageously walk through our doors seeking to overcome addiction.  This is why Peer Support works because it is designed and supported by those who have had a background in addiction.  To me this is why these words were inspired by God, for he wants those who may be struggling with addiction to know that its not common, but rather to seek out those who have had at one time the same setbacks with addiction.   What better approach to take then with those who now live a successful life over addiction to take that message to someone else.  I am a firm believer that what God has delivered you from he gives you a message for.

So if you find yourself reading this message today and struggling to overcome an addiction or compulsive behavior.  My recommendation is for you to seek out someone that understands your struggles and practice James 5:16 which states: “Confess your faults one to another so that you may be healed.” 

What better way to start a NEW YEAR with a friend in recovery.

God Bless

Douglas Gould

Executive Director