SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — The vicissitudes of life can be overwhelming, causing many people to feel as if they have no hope. Recovery at South Shore has a simple message —- come as you are.
Each Recovery at South Shore session takes place at Sunshine United Methodist Church, located at 16 Tygarts Bend Road in South Shore and is held every Thursday beginning with a community meal from 6-6:45, p.m. followed by a time of praise and worship at 7 p.m. The singing will be followed up by live streaming of a preached sermon from Recovery at Cokesbury, a church located in Knoxville, Tenn. Child care and child classes are also provided.
Reverend Bob Sweeney, pastor of Sunshine United Methodist Church, said Recovery at South Shore is an amazing program.
“This got started about two years ago, and we are a satellite campus of Recovery at Cokesbury which is in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a large church,” Sweeney said. “They’ve had this program for 14 years, and one of things that we’re going to be doing is live streaming. They have two ministers, and all they do is recovery, and we will be streaming their sermon. We accept and we love people because Jesus Christ loves us, therefore we have to love people where they are. It’s an amazing program. It’s not mean to be confused with a lot of different programs. Its kind of its own.”
Rickey Adkins is assisting with Recovery at South Shore, has been drug-free for nine years. He said their 12-Step program is about sharing the love of God with the program participants.
“We are trying to help addicts. We are trying to bring Jesus into the world of addiction. We believe that addicts are suffering because they are separated from God,” Adkins said. “We are working a 12-Step program, and the only difference is that we are not offering a choice of a higher power. We want them to know who our higher power is, and that is God. I am here by the grace of God, and have been clean for nine years. We just want to show love and care, and do things that Jesus wants us to do. So, all we have to do is get out of the way, and God will take care of the rest.”
Recovery at South Shore is not exclusively for drug addiction, according to Sweeney.
“This is also not just for substance abuse. This is for anything that you may need to recover from. Maybe you’re dealing with divorce. Sometimes life’s situations paralyze us. We just can’t get past them,” Sweeney said. “Even a death of a spouse, or a death of a child, or death of a best friend or anything like that. This is to work with recovery on that, because the 12-Steps will work on anything that is life-altering and has you paralyzed some place.”
Recovery at South Shore has two groups, one for men and another for women, according to Sweeney.
“The small groups that we’re going to start with is substance abuse women’s, and substance abuse men’s. We believe, especially in substance abuse keeping the men and women in separate groups, that way it doesn’t become a dating service,” Sweeney said. “Then we will also have family support. One of the things we’re going to do as the needs grow, and people come we will form groups for just about anything, even gambling or other addictions. We have several professional people working with us, social workers and counselors that can do more extensive work if need be. We will also have places that can refer them to, or send them to if it is beyond what we can do, and may need more extensive professional counseling. It would be strictly on a voluntary basis, we’re not going to force you or anything. This program is an effort of multiple churches, not just one church. It is all about us lovingly coming together to make a difference in people’s lives.”
For more information regarding Recovery at South Shore, call 606-314-0238, or visit the website at: wwwrecoveryatsouthshore.com
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