Revive & Restore Recovery Ministry

Revive & Restore Recovery Ministry at Cornerstone is a place of healing and hope for those coming out of the throes of addiction. We offer a safe place of love and acceptance no matter where you have been.  

Our desire is to remove the shame and stigma of being involved in circumstances that sometimes are out of our control.

Remember  - - -There is no shame in asking for a helping hand.     

 

We also offer recovery small groups that go beyond drug and alcohol.

  • Our meetings are held in the Loft at Cornerstone Ministries.
  • Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). 
  • Free childcare is provided,  please call ahead -  724-733-0070
  • Come and  join us.
Our Mission Statement

Our purpose is to Revive those who are dead in their addiction and to Restore them to a life of Godliness by providing positive pathways of growth and encouragement.
 

We accomplish this through large and small group meetings that emphasize the power of God’s redeeming love which transforms a person into a new creation in Christ Jesus. 

 We utilize a twelve-step program. 

There are no prerequisites, only a desire to change and the admission that you are powerless to fight the addictions which ensnare you.

We welcome all and will walk together with you towards the goal of wholeness.

Blessings,

Don Walczak                                                                                                                    

Recovery Pastor.

                                                           

How to Stress Less During the Holidays                                                                       
Envision having a “holly, jolly Christmas.” After all, the Christmas song tells us, “It’s the best time of the year.”
But things are different this year. It doesn’t seem very jolly. Between busyness, unforeseen circumstances, and difficult family members, our stress level is at an all-time high. Truth be told, it’s anything BUT the best time of year. Is there a way to stress less during the holidays? Yes! To help you get through the holidays and to stress less, there are three steps you must take.
 
Step 1: Let Go of Unrealistic Expectations
There are often too high of expectations put on us by family and friends. We also have elevated expectations for ourselves, our spouses, and our kids. Some unrealistic expectations you might have are:
  • Getting the perfect gift

  • Sending out picturesque Christmas cards

  • Decorating every inch of the house

  • Cooking a spectacular meal

  • Expecting everyone to get along

Accept that the Christmas season won’t look the same this year as in years past. Be willing to adjust your expectations. Choose one or two of your favorite traditions and be open to creating new ones. For example, if you can’t be with your family in person, meet virtually on a video call. Or, if you always get professional Christmas pictures every year, choose a candid picture that you’ve already taken. Even though your holiday plans may look different this year, you can find new ways to celebrate.
 
Step 2: Set Aside Differences
From politics to the economy, there is no shortage of hot-button issues. Maybe you have a crazy cousin who likes to debate with you for hours. Or perhaps your mother-in-law disagrees with you about everything. Now is not the time to think that you can change anyone’s mind. After all, debating issues can divide families and friends—don’t let disagreements destroy your relationships.
First, realize you can’t control the situation. It can be as simple as remembering “The Serenity Prayer,” written by Reinhold Niebuhr.  It says, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” When you find yourself in a heated discussion, this prayer will help you relinquish control and come to a place of acceptance.
Second, remove yourself. If you feel your temper rising, give yourself permission to go. You don’t have to sit and take part in it—go quietly and find something else to do until you feel you can rejoin the group.
 
Step 3: Slow Down a Bit
If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your schedule, don’t accept more invitations than you can manage. Remember: It’s OK to say no to someone. So, when you receive an invitation that you would rather not attend, you can say, “No, thanks.” You don’t need to offer any excuses; simply say no.
Make sure you spend some time by yourself every day. Do not choreograph, plot, and fill every hour of your schedule. For the sake of your physical, mental, and spiritual health, you will need some downtime.
There are alternatives to getting drawn into an argument. Consider these ideas:
  • Take a walk outside.

  • Watch a funny movie.

  • Smell a relaxing scent.

  • Meet a friend for coffee.

  • Listen to some soothing music.

The true reason behind celebrating Christmas is the joy that comes from knowing that the Lord was the greatest gift ever given! Instead of allowing the stressors to overtake your holidays, stay focused on the reason for the celebration!
This article is taken from New Life Ministries
                                                                            

                                               Love you, Pastor Don            



  

 Revive & Restore offers five Recovery Groups that will help individuals in their recovery.

You are welcome to  join us and jump into a group that would meet your specific needs.

 

 

Here are highlights from some of our support groups.

 

 “The Weigh”. 

NEW !!!          Starting In January 2023

Don't let your weight get in the way of life.
 
Join "The Weigh" to discover God's best for you this coming year.
 
To learn about healthy eating and how to gain the strength to overcome and to lose it for life!
 
 
 
 

We directly address those struggling with food obstacles and provide avenues of healing and hope.

                   With the help of God you can develop a whole new approach to life, to eating and to living healthy and free! 

What do you have to lose ?  

Try it.

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"Spiritual Journey Group" 

The Spiritual Journey Group is a place to grow your Walk with God.

A group to study with and gain strength from God’s Word, and then apply it to our lives.

You will learn from the messages shared from the Bible, video episodes and personal

applications discussed.

We welcome everyone who has a heart eager to learn more of God, of His love 

and direction for you.

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"Codependency Support Group" 

Codependency is a relationship imbalance where one person enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of codependency is an "excessive" reliance on other people for approval and a sense of identity.

Codependents expend energy enabling, fixing, controlling, and obsessively rescuing another person and in so doing neglect to care for themselves. Codependency is about normal behaviors taken too far.

In our support group, with God’s help, we learn how to “let go”, detach with love, set boundaries, and take care of ourselves. In so doing, we learn how to lessen and eventually stop the emotional pain.

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"Sexual Integrity Support Group for Men"

Today's world is full of roads that men could take that lead them down the path of sexual immorality.

This group encourages men to stay pure and Godly despite the temptations that abound.

Life skills and behaviors are discussed with a focus on change.

"If we are ever going to get free, we must first explore our makeup as men and why our sensual culture is so compelling to us in spite of our love for Christ.  Only then will we be able to defend ourselves from sexual addiction".

Stephen Arterburn


 


I Survived My Drug Overdose. Here's What I Want You To Know.


 


Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Join us every Thursday at 6:00pm in the Loft at Cornerstone Ministries.

Childcare is provided - Call Ahead -724-733-0070

 

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The 12 Spiritual Steps to Recovery

Work the 12 Steps and discover the path that will change your life, enrich your recovery and bring you closer to the heart of God.

1) We admitted that we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable.

2) We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3) We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

4) We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5) We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6) We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

7) We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

8) We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

9) We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10) We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11) We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.

12) Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

 

 

Why Choose a Faith-Based Program?   https://spiritlifeinc.org/why-choose-a-faith-based-program/

 20 Tips to defeating addiction   https://liferecoverygroups.com/20-tips-to-defeating-addictions/

 Addiction Help   Addiction Group: Addiction Treatment, Rehab, & Recovery Info

 

 

 


Here are some websites you may find useful:

Facility Name Phone Website
National Association for Christian Recovery
 
ATLAS Addiction Treatment Locator 1-800-597-2557 /
Adult & Teen Challenge
724-265-4100
New Life Freedom Recovery Ctr. 724-382-4628 https://www.newfreedomrecovery.org/
The Father's Heart Ministries 724-523-7700 https://www.thefathersheartpa.org/
Excela Health AA 724-689-1360 http://calendar.excelahealth.org
Word of Life Ministries 724-837-8790 http://wordoflife.church/
Victory Family Church 724-453-6272 http://www.recoveratvictory.com/
Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission 1-800-220-1810/Crisis 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-836-6010 http://wedacinc.org/
Help.org https://www.help.org/best-low-cost-rehabs/

https://www.help.org/choosing-the-right-rehab-facility//

Spirit Life

724-465-2165

https://spiritlifeinc.org/get-help-now-holistic-faith-based-individualized-treatment/

 

Addiction Resources

844-597-0006 8 Best Drug Detox And Rehab Centers In Pennsylvania (addictionresource.net)

Overdose Prevention Guide

855-790-9303 Overdose Prevention Guide

Ohio Recovery Center

419-904-4158 RecoveryOhio.org

7 +Tips on Finding a Job After Rehab

7+ Tips on How to Find a Job After Rehab (novoresume.com)

Higher Education after Incarceration

800-203-5102 Higher Education After Incarceration - Intelligent