More on Catholics in Recovery

Leslie over at Quiet Consecration asked me about the new Catholics in Recovery social networking site.

Not sure what else I can say beyond what I posted before except that it is just an extension of what I hope to accomplish on the Internet concerning providing Catholics who are recovering from some addiction a place to meet and greet each other and learn more about the Catholic faith.

It is what I had been searching for back in 2002 when I sobered up and found AA to be lacking. I took one look at AA’s spirituality and knew that it wasn’t going to keep me sober. It might help establish a basis, but long term, permanent sobriety was going to need something greater. Taking a cue from something I learned in perhaps the Big Book (AA’s basic text, formally known as Alcoholic’s Anonymous) I checked out the religion of my youth. As I was already slowly returning to Catholicism, it wasn’t a stretch, but still it took some effort.

Afterwards I started poking around the Internet looking for online Catholic resources for recovery, and found virtually none. Some websites for Matt Talbot and the Calix Society, but nothing like the plethora of 12-Step and non-denominational Christian sites. So, what’s a newly sober Catholic to do? I waited a few years and started this blog, and then later the social network, in hopes of finding other like-minded Catholics in recovery to share with.

In other words, I am creating what I had hoped to find before. I am hoping it’s a start towards developing an online Catholic community of those in recovery from some addiction.

At this posting, Catholics in Recovery has only 6 members, way less than the invite list. But it’s a start. A social network is as active as it’s members.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"