14 years later, why I choose to work at Open Door Mission.

Nov 22, 2013  |     |   General

Hi, my name is John Lindsey, and I provide mental health and recovery services – therapy and recovery classes with men and women in our life changing programs – the practical outworking of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is my fourteenth year.

I often kid the students in my relapse prevention class, that they are human, even though they have worked long and hard at earning the moniker of being an addict or alcoholic.  Addressing addiction and recovery requires having an accurate understanding of addiction so we practice recovery appropriately.  If addiction is merely about doing a substance or activity in a compulsive way, then recovery is stopping those patterns.  But if addiction has hijacked our whole way of living life, then recovery must address every area of life. 

In my first description of addiction and recovery, abstinence is the goal – doing whatever it takes to not use or engage in a compulsive activity.  As important as this is to start recovery, what the outcome we want and they want?  Let isn’t it “life change”?  That is what I find so exciting working at ODM, we address recovery in the context of eternal life – knowing the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; learning to experience life in all its fullness! How do we do this?  Through the instruction, reproving, correcting, and training of life skills, recovery skills, and spiritual disciplines. 

John Lindsey
Care Coordinator, Garland Thompson Men’s Center
Open Door Mission