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A Place of Refuge & a Gateway of Hope for Addiction Recovery - God's Way


​Retreat!  Renew!  Recover!

No Steps!   No Clinical Treatment!  No Disease Theories!   No Disrespect!    No Sponsors!   No Labels!   No Condemnation!   Go From Recovery to Being Recovered!

MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME

Addiction

is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something
that is psychologically or physically habit-forming 
to such an extent that its occurrence and/or cessation
causes severe trauma, disability, chaos and/or destruction.

Addiction can strike anyone at any age. It does not concern itself with whether you are male or female... rich or poor... live in a mansion or on the streets.  Addiction is a behavior arising from an attempt to cope with emotional trauma or physical pain. It's a way of escape to those under it's spell. 

When we think about addiction, what mostly comes to mind are substances such as alcohool, meth, heroin, crack, cocaine, crank, bath salts, marijuana and others. At Victory Retreat Montana, we deal with people in recovery from all of these substances. There is also an addiction that has arisin in more recent decades that is presenting itself as the bright purple elephant in the room that most choose to pretend isn't there.  I'm speaking about legal prescription drugs.  To name just a few are Hydrocodone, Codeine, Norco, Vicodin, Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl, Ativan, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Lunesta, Ambien, Sonata, antidepressants, antipsychotics and others. Opiates, in particular, were originally developed to ease the agony of the intense pain of cancer patients in their final days of life. To clarify, we're speaking of pain relief - not euthanasia. They were never intended to be prescribed in the way they are being prescribed today. Of special concern is what these 'legal' prescriptions are saying to kids.  When they see a bottle of pills that were prescribed by their parent's doctor, they think it's a safe high because a doctor gave it to them... so, they steal them and start using them. The same mindset exists with the patients who directly receive these dangerous drugs from their doctor. They think that they're safe from any harm because it's a prescription.  This needs to change and change begins with bringing more awareness to both doctors and patients.

When we stop questioning and evaluating the necessity, safety, validity and untoward effects of our personal healthcare, we become unaccountable, blind and cowardly.  We must all agree that addictive prescription drugs have become the purple elephant.  We cannot offer our minds and bodies to anyone or anything other than God; if and when we do, we have a major problem. In the case of prescription drug addiction, we have more than just a problem...  we have an epidemic with a death rate that is ever increasing at a dramatic rate. The documented fact is that 1 American is prematurely dying every 19 minutes due to a (preventable) accidental Opiate overdose. 

Is there a shared liability for the addiction and death from Rx drugs, or is it the fault of the doctor or patient alone? The point here is not to point a finger at who is to blame, but to get to the root of the problem and stop it there. We need to encourage better communication between phsyicians and their patients.  We also need to educate both the medical community and the patients who avail themselves of their services of the dangers of additive medications and how to offer better choices and natural options. There is not a lot of education in medical school for medical students to fully understand addiction unless addiction medicine is the field they specialize in.  Hurting patients will usually accept any medication or treatment their doctor has to offer in order to get relief; addiction is the furthest thing from their minds until they find themselves in withdrawal.

Our ministry is multi-layered, and is laid out in simplicity below.
  • Our #1 priority and goal is to offer a lifetime of healing from addictions of all types through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
  • To bring a hightened awareness to prescription drug addiction by educating patients and doctors.

Our God - the God of all creation - has a message for us - His children.  He declares in His Word, in Jeremiah 29:11,

"For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD,
'plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope."

We, at Victory Retreat Montana, as God's faithful and fearless servants here upon this earth, have been purposed and directed to minister to and bring the healing power of Jesus Christ, to anyone in any addiction, as well as to bring the needed awareness and teaching to both patients and their doctors regarding addictive prescription drugs and their dangers, so that all of God's children can live out their lives and minister their intended purpose to others.

There is a loving God waiting to offer healing to those who will receive Him.  
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
(Psalm 147:3)