The History of the Program
The devotional was born out of a need in the church for a faith-based, positive approach for dealing with problems associated with habitual alcohol use. It came about by matching scripture with many of the secular program principles taught today that offer a short-term solution for staying alcohol free. These secular programs are based on the latest scientific research on how to change habits and mindset with toxic behaviors. It just so happens that they were also teaching concepts and principles that were given to us by our loving Father in Heaven, in many cases, over 2,000 years ago through His Word. In short, these secular programs were teaching Kingdom principles without the King. The programs offered today have been incredibly effective, over the short term, but still yielded a significant re-engagement rate with the substance after brief success. The truth is that according to the Journal of Religion and Health over 84% of scientific studies show that faith is a positive factor in addiction and recovery. The devotional provided the faith part of the process, but there was a little more needed to make sure people had all of our Heavenly Father’s armor in their armories to stay the course over a longer period of time. We listened to people that had chosen to drink and learned why people re-engaged with the substance. This is how we developed the 12 CORE CONCEPTS for freedom from alcohol. These CORE CONCEPTS are delivered through the Choose Alcohol-Free Course. They consist of the principles embedded in the devotional, but they also needed to be reinforced with scripture, stories and scientific facts. The CORE CONCEPTS help to provide a deeper understanding of the how’s and why’s associated with the spiritual battles that people will ultimately come face to face with after their 12-week victories. They are the key to staying the course and choosing a life free from alcohol.