Archive for March, 2013

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that facilitates union with God through the passion of Christ. Traditionally, it is a devotion practiced largely by Catholics, particularly on Fridays during the season of Lent. Over the years we’ve come to appreciate this devotion as being far more than a simple recitation of prayers. In our healing practice, we’ve discovered how the Stations of the Cross provides a means through which people can unite their suffering to the suffering of Christ and find healing for the wounds that are often the underlying contributing factors to their addiction.

Stations of the Cross for Addiction RecoveryAt St. Joseph Institute, we find that people of all Christian denominations are attracted to our Stations of the Cross trail. It was designed and created as a place of refuge for those who suffer, as well as a site to commemorate the passion of Christ. Each of the fourteen Stations is marked by a seven foot hand-hewn cross with an image of the scene for that Station. The crosses were made by retired carpenters in West Virginia, and the sculptures were imported from Italy. The fourteen locations of the crosses form a trail that allows visitors to walk from Station to Station as Jesus walked the Way of the Cross on Good Friday. This particular set of Stations is intended to offer aid for those who are addicted and in need of finding a solid foundation in recovery.

Each Station has a theme that helps the reader understand the process of addiction and/or discover how to initiate healing and recovery.  The general theme is discussed in the first few paragraphs, followed by at least one story that illustrates some aspect of addiction or addiction recovery.  The stories encourage the reader to identify with the main character.  Through this process of identification, you can be honest about your own addictive behavior patterns and learn to overcome them through a closer relationship with God.

As you engage in the Stations, remember they can be used to: (1) identify the issues that contribute to your addiction, (2) help you acknowledge the weaknesses associated with your addiction, and (3) help you discover the strengths that will cause you to be more stable in your recovery.  Stay tuned to this blog in the following weeks as we go over each Station in more detail.


By Michael Campbell

Life in recovery can have many benefits and positive experiences. The key to staying in recovery is to discover the goodness and the fulfillment life has to offer when you are drug-free.

People who are engaged in a proactive recovery from addiction:

      • Do things to help them manage stress
      • Work on building and sustaining healthy relationships, especially a relationship with God
      • Find a worthwhile and fulfilling purpose in life
      • Clarify and reinforce healthy beliefs, and practice holding on to what is important
      • Practice healthy self-care, including daily prayer and meditation
      • Have fun, laugh, play, and enjoy life to its fullest
      • Show gratitude for all that they are and all that they have

Successful, Proactive Recovery from AddictionProactive Recovery from addiction does not have any short cuts. Each day requires a commitment to live a better way.”


By Michael Campbell