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Support for Families

Came to Believe Recovery (CTBR) is for everyone. We encourage all who want to recover, addicts, friends and members of the family, to attend events together. We are all “12 Steppers.” We all want to remove any underlying obstacles to our success – any blocks to our experiencing serenity, peace, and joy. We were born in relationships, we live in relationships, and a large part of our recovery depends on healthy relationships. We got sick together and we CAN get well together.

The CTBR retreats kick-start the 12-Step process for all of us – no matter what the particular position we occupy on the recovery path. The Steps are the path to relief from the stress, loneliness and emotional pain of our past lives.

Family and friends take the same Steps of AA.  Friends and family are powerless over the alcoholic, of course. We are also powerless over whatever we’re currently using to manage our lives: control, anger, work, manipulation, avoidance, etc. In Steps 4, 5 and 6, we begin to recognize and name the underlying causes of our various “shortcomings” and “defects of character” (we name the EXACT NATURE and ORIGINS of our stress and pain).  We change our focus from our symptoms to the causes. Whatever substances and strategies we tried, we all sought to find relief and comfort. Whatever our addictions – our defects were based on ways to cope with our pain. We all, sadly, discovered that it’s hard to get enough of something that only ALMOST works.

We all need and want to heal and grow.  We used different substances (drugs and alcohol) and strategies (control and denial), but our goal was the same: to feel better – to find relief – to give and receive love.  Things have gone wrong in the past and we seek a power greater than ourselves. That power is God.

We are committed to spiritual growth and healing. We are ready for a relationship with God.  

Come to a Came to Believe retreat for spiritual awakening and refresh your connections to God, then to your family and to a loving recovery community. Expect a life-changing experience.

First things first:  Do the 12-Steps, experience a spiritual awakening or renewal, and practice these things in all your affairs.  Let’s get well together.

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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.