Addiction and Recovery Ministry

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. 

Our ministry follows the set of core values called BECOME:
Beloved in Pain
Open Confession
Marathon not a Sprint
Embraced in Community

Learn More about our core values

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 

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 

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. 

The Addiction and Recovery Friends & Family small group 

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.

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. 

Addiction and Recovery Resources 

General Addiction Resources

  • 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


  • Celebrate Recovery
    • Celebrate Recovery is a gender-specific recovery program for people who have hurts, habits and hangups. Check out:
      Hybrid in-person & Zoom gathering at St. Anthony Catholic School (3400 12th St NE Washington, DC 20017) on every Wednesday 7pm - 9pm.
      Women's Intensive Step Study on Friday 7pm - 9pm.
      Please contact Beng Reyes, Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader in DC at  for more information.
  • Smart Recovery

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
Friends and Family Resources

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