Frequently Asked Questions About Alcoholics Victorious
What is Alcoholics Victorious?
Who should attend AV meetings?
Why a "Christian AA"?
What Alcoholics Victorious is NOT:
The History of Alcoholics Victorious.
How is Alcoholics Victorious organized?
How can an AV group fit into a residential recovery program?
Alcoholics Victorious is a network of Christian support groups for chemically dependent persons. We believe that alcoholism is an addiction, and that the alcoholic is an individual who cannot, as a matter of will power alone, control his or her own dependency.
Some groups also sponsor meetings for the spouses and concerned friends of addicts. The central theme of Alcoholics Victorious is found in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." Realizing that faith in Jesus Christ is the true way to peace, these Christians in recovery have banded together in a mutual effort to transfer dependence on their addictions to dependence on Christ. Their common goal is to allow Jesus to become the guiding influence in their lives, and lead them to recovery.
By sharing our experience, strength, and hope, we encourage Christian growth as we slowly separate ourselves from the bitter and lonely trauma of alcoholism and its effects on the family. We are devoted to: support and education about addictive problems, reconciliation to GOD and family, and encouragement and support of one another through fellowship in recovery. We are here to grow.
In AV meetings, both the Twelve Steps and the Alcoholics Victorious Creed are used. However, AV is not intended to replace Alcoholics Anonymous, Ala-non, or any other support group. Nor is it a substitute for treatment centers, rescue mission recovery programs, or professional counseling. Rather, in appreciation for the work they are doing, AV makes an effort to cooperate with these efforts whenever possible. The focus of Alcoholics Victorious is to provide a safe group environment where recovering individuals who have recognized Jesus Christ as their "Higher Power" can gather together and share their struggles and their victories.
Believers struggling with an addiction to alcohol/drugs who, although committed Christians, may still be suffering in silence out of fear, shame, guilt, and lack of ability to trust -- all of which are characteristic responses to this family disease.
Non-Christians still addicted to alcohol/drugs who feel compelled to search out the true "higher power" Jesus Christ, attempting to identify Him, to come to know Him, and then to trust Him for healing power.
Those who are familiar with AA may well ask the question above. For believers in Christ, the answer is simple: we have identified Jesus as our "Higher Power" and we would welcome the opportunity to meet in His name to deal with the problems that surround addictions. The meetings allow us to speak freely of our relationship with Him, share our struggles with faith issues, and use intercessory prayer for our healing. Christians are NOT immune to addictive or compulsive disorders, and hiding our problems from our church add s to our "shame" burdens and hinders healing.
Those who have not yet placed their faith in Christ have an opportunity to come to know the true "Higher Power" spoken of in AA, finding an atmosphere of accepting Christian love in which to form a personal relationship with the Lord.
For those unfamiliar with the AA approach to recovery, Alcoholics Victorious provides an opportunity to learn the reality that there is a "spiritual" element in addiction that must be addressed through the true GOD. And here in a Christian environment, forgiveness and release from shame can be found so that we may approach our GOD with freedom and boldness.
In Alcoholics Victorious, the 12-step approach to recovery is combined with support from God's Word, confidential sharing among group members, and loving prayers.
A substitute for church attendance
A Bible study
A professional therapy group
Geared to any one denomination
Intended to replace secular Al-Anon or AA meetings
Intended to replace or undermine any other Christian groups
Alcoholics Victorious is now an official program of Christians in Recovery, a ministry of TechMission, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
The following services are provided to chartered Alcoholics Victorious local groups:
Handling of all correspondence and inquiries directed to Alcoholics Victorious headquarters
Issuing of charters to qualified local groups
Development and distribution of literature and other resource materials offered to chartered groups
Ongoing promotion of the Alcoholics Victorious program.
Regular communication with chartered groups
If you run into any problems, please contact us for assistance.
The Alcoholics Victorious program can supplement a residential recovery program. The meetings provide people in recovery programs with a safe, non-judgmental setting where they can express struggles, thoughts, ideas, and feelings without fear of rejection. Hearing the stories of others with similar difficulties and how they overcame them, gives the struggling addict great encouragement to go on in a life of sobriety. Healthy support groups can provide a sort of "family" atmosphere that stimulates the hope for a better life for all involved. Because addiction wreaks havoc upon an individual's relationships with others, a good support group is a wonderful place for recovering addicts to begin the difficult and painful process of re-connecting with other people.
Alcoholics Victorious can also serve to bridge the gap between the Church and the rescue mission. Sponsoring meetings that are open to the public can give stable recovering Christians from the community a unique opportunity to serve the Lord. They can serve as "sponsors" for mission program men and help them to find a church home and provide them with on-going support after they graduate.
When an Alcoholics Victorious group will be meeting at either a rescue mission, church or other institution, it is important for the director or pastor to meet personally with those who will provide leadership for the group. It is critical that he have confidence in the maturity, sobriety, and spiritual commitment of the group's leaders. It is also important to set down guidelines for conducting the group in the mission facility well before the meetings begin. AV headquarters provides guidance and materials to assist missions and churches to establish and maintain local AV group meetings.