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Columbia Heights Parish

Columbia Heights Parish

Address

Columbia Heights Educational Campus
3101 16th St NW

Service Times

10:00am & 11:30am

Kids' City  offered only at 10am service.

 

 

Pastor

Aaron Graham

Contact


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Contact Us

  • Phone: (202) 558-9745
  • Email: 
  • Mailing Address: 1616 7th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001 

 

Addiction and Recovery Ministry


Addiction and Recovery Ministry at The District Church


The Addiction and Recovery Ministry at The District Church (TDC) is a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who are in recovery from addiction and learning to live life one day at a time covered by the grace and truth of our God. 


We believe that at its core, addiction has to do with pain and suffering. To avoid the pain and suffering we’ve experienced, we often utilize unwanted behaviors to escape or deaden the pain. The bottom line is this: the persistent attempt to medicate these wounds is often the central driver of addiction. 


We believe that despite our pain, wounds, and unwanted behaviors, we are beloved by our Father. Like the father from the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), our God always runs towards us brimming with grace and compassion, without condemnation despite our brokenness. This is where our recovery begins – not in the place of despair and rejection, but in the faith of our Father’s all consuming love and acceptance.


We believe that we are not created to do life alone and that recovery is only possible when we are embraced in community. As the ministry of the church, we desire to be a safe space where stories are heard, sufferings grieved, victories celebrated, lies challenged and grace and the truth of our God proclaimed. 


What is Addiction and Recovery?


Addiction is a pattern of unwanted behavior that continues to persist in our lives despite our best efforts to change it. Recovery is a lifelong process of everyday decisions to move away from unwanted behavior and towards a life of honesty, hope, joy, and self-control. 

Recovery is a holistic journey that often requires exploration of and maturity in the physical, psychological, relational and spiritual aspects of your life. Therefore, please be mindful that our groups are not a replacement for your participation in formal treatments and other mutual support groups (AA, NA, SA, GA, Al-Anon, etc.). In fact, we encourage you to participate in diverse facets of recovery in conjunction with our groups to enrich your recovery process and meet your unique needs that we may be limited to fulfill. 


Our ministry follows the set of core values called BECOME:

Beloved in Pain 
Christ-Centered 
Open Confession 
Marathon not a Sprint 
Embraced in Community

To learn more about our core values, follow the link here.

To listen to our sermon series about these core values, follow the link here.

Our Groups

We gather each week to have conversations about the areas of intersection between our faith and our recovery – trusting these conversations will empower both areas.

Men's Support Group
Monday at 6:30pm
This anonymous group is for men who feel or have felt they can't control their sexual behavior, whether in relationships or on their own, and want to get healing from it. We strive to develop a safe space to share our struggles and break out of isolation, one day and one step at a time. We explore into the root causes of addiction and hold each other accountable so that we can grow in our relationship with God and others. We invite you to walk with us on this path toward wholeness and healing.
Please email for more information.

Addiction and Recovery Group
Thursday at 7pm
This anonymous group is designed to foster a Christ-centered community for those who are struggling with any form of addiction and have a desire to change. We aim to create a space where we can walk on the recovery journey together in Christ to find fellowship, understanding, and healing. From our common suffering in addiction, together we journey towards the common destination in recovery: to accept who we are as broken yet beautiful children of God and to become more like Jesus Christ each and every day.
Please contact Taek Kim at for more information.

Addiction and Recovery Friends & Family small group
Every other Tuesday @ 7pm
This anonymous group is designed to foster a Christ-centered community for those who are supporting loved ones through a recovery journey. The group offers fellowship, understanding, and healing to spouses, siblings, parents, children, friends, and anyone impacted by addiction. We hope to provide mutual support and care for each other as a Church family working through addiction and recovery.
Please contact Morgan Scott at for more information.

 

 Addiction and Recovery Resources

General Addiction Resources

Books:

  • Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions - Russell Brand
  • A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps - Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
  • Craving - Omar Manejwala
  • Life Recovery Bible
  • Addiction and Grace - Gerald G. May

Online Articles:

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection - Robert Weiss

Videos:

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong - Johann Hari
How isolation fuels opioid addiction - Rachel Wurzman

Meetings:

Celebrate Recovery

SMART Recovery

Counseling:

If you are looking for information about counseling, please check out our counseling ministry page or contact to learn about the ministry and ways to receive support. 

Sex Addiction Resources

These two books were fundamental in shaping TDC’s view of sex and porn addiction. Michael Cusick and Jay Stringer clearly articulate that sex addiction isn’t about sex. Instead, sex addiction is a symptom of the underlying wounds and pain that an addict carries. If you want to be free from your addiction, you need to start working on the underlying roots of your addiction rather than just fighting the symptoms.

Surfing for God - Michael Cusick

Unwanted - Jay Stringer

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Website (offers a list of meetings and other resources)

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Book)

 

Family and Friends Resources

Al-Anon (anonymous group for the friends and family members)