That's true to an extent, but my great grandma used to have a plaque on her wall. It said,
"PRAYER CHANGES THINGS"
jennar8, I have a big brother who just lost his homeless housing apartment because of alcohol. He was drunk and thought his friend was in trouble, because his friend was in HIS apartment moaning and groaning because HE was drunk, and my brother grabbed a fire extinguisher and battery-rammed his friend's door in, trying to help him. He broke the fire extinguisher AND the door frame.
This was either state or county property, having been part of the homeless housing building (which is a really nice place), and also this was not the first time he has been violent there. They have given him chance, after chance, after chance, after chance.
So when a lot of people would look at this as a bad thing, there is a place in southern Ohio called The Refuge, where he really needs to go. Either there, or Teen Challenge, or Outreach where Tommy went, or somewhere. The funny thing is, he wants to go to rehab, and was looking into Talbot Hall, which is OSU's rehab. Problem is, Talbot Hall has no beds empty. Also Talbot Hall would be a 6 day treatment program, hardly good enough for a problem that a 47 year old has had since he was 11.
My mom says it would be like putting a one inch band aid on a foot long incision!
In addition to alcohol, my brother has been on crack, cocaine, marijuana, and many, many other drugs, for years.
So it looks like some force outside of my brother, is forcing him to go to a long term facility. Any of the long term facilities around here, are all Christian based. Most are even charismatic, encouraging the infilling of the Holy Spirit and everything, and some even have ministry training centers for when people are past the issues of their disease, and have been in for at least a year.
Honestly if this has been an ongoing problem, and you really REALLY want some serious help, I have a very strong suggestion for you. No matter where you live in the country, there is a Teen Challenge near you. Don't let the name fool you, because you have to be at least 18 to go there.
Teen Challenge has been around for 50 years, and has the highest PERMANENT recovery rate in the country, of any long-term treatment program.
Their permanent success rate, meaning that the people who go in never ever go back on drugs or alcohol.....is 85%.
The reason they use for that statistic, they like to call the "Jesus Factor". They say without the healing power of Jesus in your life, you CANNOT have permanent recovery.
My brother needs the Jesus Factor and so do you, Jennar8.
I hope and pray that you seek it.
Here's the website if you want to get started towards finding a Teen Challenge Center near you: www.teenchallengeusa.com
Love In Christ,