Options for those struggling

Published 8:24 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018

Rachael Culbertson has been clean for two years after battling her heroin addiction for three years, and she aims to give back to the community with support and love.

“I’ve been clean two years, and it was from my heart that I needed to give back,” Culbertson said. “I talked to Pastor Win about it, and he was all about it.”

Family Harvest Church, where Win Anderson is the pastor, now hosts a recovery ministry in conjunction with Celebrate Recovery for those battling addictions. People can come no matter their problem. Celebrate Recovery is a national church program to aid in fighting addiction of any kind and becoming closer with God.

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“We use the 12 steps and eight principles for any habit or hang-up,” Culbertson said. “Anger, sexual addiction, food addiction or anything you can think of. If it’s a chain they would like to break free from, they can come.

Meetings will offer multiple resources for the attendees, including refreshments, video lessons by Celebrate Recovery founder Johnny Baker, worship and open chair groups.

Currently, the group views lessons through DVD, but Culbertson would like eventually to lead the lessons after learning more and becoming more comfortable.

The open chair groups, which are separated by gender, are a time for the group to discuss what is going on with their recovery or addiction. Attendees also have the option to remain completely silent during the open chair.

Along with worship, open chair and the lessons, attendees can also grab something to eat before the meetings. Food will be offered at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting start at 7 p.m.

Culbertson is hoping that by the summer, the meetings will grow in terms of resources for those coming to the meetings.

“By this summer, we will be offering step studies, more independent study and delve into the recovery more,” Culbertson said.

“We plan on getting linked to clinics, and we know a few people. We’ll be going over to Western Tidewater Community Services Board and probation officers. So this can be somewhere people can come if they have to come to meetings for court.”

Culbertson prides herself on the team she has made for this program. She describes them as genuine.

“Their hearts are into this ministry. It’s a good place to come if you’re hurting. You aren’t going to be judged. We are ready to love you,” Culbertson said.