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Support for Churches

As with addicts and the broken themselves, Came to Believe Recovery (CTBR) is seeking to meet the church where they are and equip them to be more effective in responding to brokenness resulting from alcoholism and addiction within their congregations.  CTBR believes that the Christian church is uniquely positioned to be a leader in combating addiction and facilitating restoration. The great commission commands engagement with the least, last and lost not only within the church community but outside as well. Our programs are designed to help the local church uncover the most effective way to engage an ever-expanding need within their local context.

Churches are the first place many people go with personal problems and concerns. Seen as sympathetic organizations as a whole, it’s easy to see why addicts and broken people gravitate to church.

It is even more common for family members to approach a church, either the church they grew up in or a new church they’ve heard of that seeks to help the lost. Looking for any solution for their loved one, families engage with churches, medical professionals, counselors and self-help groups for answers.

Within the church and outside the church, the answer is the same, it’s just the approach and path that varies.  The founders of A.A. developed the 12 Step program of recovery based on their experience using specific Christian principles they adopted through their work in the Oxford group. Came to Believe teaches and practices the same program of these founders. We have returned to the roots of the original program that experienced significant permanent recovery rates of over 90%.

Why not just send everyone to the Oxford group, one might ask. Recognizing that a large portion of alcoholics was not Christian or had different concepts of God, or even no concept, the founders of AA knew the Oxford group would exclude many; something had to be done. All alcoholics needed to be given access to the miracle they themselves had experienced. They needed a program that could bridge the gap and meet every category of the broken “where they were”. So the spiritual principles were written into a 12 step format that all could follow.

The 12 step program was based on principles found mostly in the book of Matthew, chapter 5-7 known as the sermon on the mount, Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and the book of James. While other portions of the new and old testament provided inspiration and guidance, these three biblical resources contain the bulk of what undergirds the 12 step program.

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Tom is committed to the CTBR mission to #ENDADDICTION throughout the world and to help all the broken learn how to become free and Live in The Go. He makes it a priority to work with alcoholics one on one whenever possible.

Tom Williams is the CEO of Came to Believe Recovery since 2018. Attending well over 100 retreats made Tom uniquely qualified to lead the movement. While Came to Believe Retreats have been around for decades, this coalition of leaders was essentially a startup, requiring universal branding, training, and materials for all events. Tom is a veteran of the US Army and spent 15 years as a fitness professional. Once RECOVERED, Tom earned an undergraduate degree in business followed by an MBA — graduating with high honors. Tom worked as a recruiter for Centenary University and advanced to become the Director of Business Development. Tom has a passion for running and weight training and his favorite hobby is playing guitar.

Casarah joined Came to Believe Recovery in 2021. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science from Muhlenberg College and has a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University. Casarah previously worked for Morris County Prevention is Key-C.A.R.E.S as the peer services coordinator. At C.A.R.E.S, Casarah ran recovery meetings, did outreach to high risk populations/homeless populations, handed out Narcan while teaching the individuals how to use it, and supported all individuals that entered the recovery center. She has taken training such as Peer Recovery Specialist Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Trans/Queer/LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence. Casarah entered this field because she wanted to be a part of creating a continuum of care for those with substance use disorders and others struggling that is based on compassion and unconditional support.