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Providence Recovery meets on Thursdays at 7:00pm at Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship (1801 Kinney Avenue).

Providence Recovery

Providence Recovery is a Christian recovery program for those who struggle with alcoholism, substance abuse, pornography and sex addiction, lust, anger, anxiety, and control/codependency.

Our goal is to help people address the sin as well as it roots—idolatry. We work together to uproot our sin and exhort each other to holiness within a confidential community.

The only requirement for involvement is a desire to work a Christian recovery program.

Structure

Providence Recovery is a Christian, 12-step, peer-to-peer recovery program.

Christian

We are a Christian recovery program, meaning our understanding of a "higher power" is the triune God as revealed in the Bible. (If you're still not sure what you believe about that, it's still okay to attend).

Twelve Step

We use a 12-step recovery program. Our approach is based loosely on the 12 steps pioneered by fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous®. In our experience, 12-step recovery is a practical framework for applying Christian practices and principles to all areas of our lives.

Peer-to-Peer

We are a lay recovery ministry, with members encouraging one another by sharing their experience, strength, and hope. No one serves in an official teaching or counseling capacity, though more experienced members are responsible for showing newcomers how to work the 12 steps.

The model of Christian recovery has worked for us in dealing with patterns of sin—and the idolatry lurking beneath those patterns. It has also brought us great joy and lasting contentment by helping us grow closer to God.

Our meetings

Our meetings are a place for newcomers to get connected with the recovery community, as well as find a sponsor (someone to help them work the steps). They are very similar to non-Christian 12-step meetings.

At our meetings, someone will bring a 12-step related topic from our basic text, and then we will take turns sharing our experience on that topic. When everyone has had a chance to share, we will open the meeting up to general discussion, called "cross talk," for people to invite input on specific issues.

Who attends and what is said is kept strictly confidential.

Meeting Details

Thursdays at 7:00PM
Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship (1801 Kinney Avenue)
Email: recovery@providenceaustin.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just for addicts?

No! About half of our members have histories of substance abuse. The rest have histories with things like pornography and sex addiction, lust, anger, anxiety, and control/codependency.

What if what I'm struggling with isn't on that list?

Show up anyway. The list isn't meant to be exclusive. Our particular struggles may look different, but we're all suffering from the same root problem: idolatry. If you're struggling, we want to help.

Who leads it?

We don't have leaders per se. A meeting facilitator will ask someone to bring a topic, and then we share our experience on that topic. But we don't have teachers.

How is this different from biblical counseling?

Providence Recovery isn't counseling nor is it a substitute for counseling. It's a peer-support group. We'll share our experience with Christian 12-step recovery, encourage each other towards faithfulness, and show newcomers how we worked the steps.

How should I act in meetings?

Be yourself. Share your struggles, or share your experience, strength, and hope. If you don't know what to say, feel free to say so. If you'd rather not say anything, that's fine too. We only ask that you try to refrain from offering advice or counsel to others.

Can I just show up to check things out?

Yes! If you think you might benefit from our fellowship, but are unsure if recovery is a good fit, we encourage you to come check it out. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in working a Christian recovery program.