Recovery Course

12 Steps. The Recovery Course

Led by: Steve Fletcher and Neil Barrett

Venue: St Luke's Church, Church Centre, 201 Front Lane, Cranham, Upminster, Essex, RM14 1LD

Duration: 16 weeks

Cost: Free

Contact: Steve Fletcher, 07956 958549 between 4.30pm & 7.30pm, or email:

Sessions: Starting Tuesday 20th March 2018

Time: Hot food from 6.30pm, course starts 7.30pm

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Are you struggling with an addiction to Drugs, Alcohol, Pornography, Sex, Gambling, Self-harming, Over-eating or some other compulsive behaviour that is spoiling your life? Then why not try The Recovery Course, a free 16-session Christian programme based on the Twelve Steps used by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

If you are not sure that you are addicted or compulsively using something in an unhealthy way then read on. If you are experiencing a number of the following characteristics it may be time to look for help. If you are not struggling in this way then this course is NOT for you.


Spending a lot of time thinking about alcohol, drugs, pornography, food or some other mood altering pastime; looking forward to using, planning life around using or planning for specific times of abstinence.

Using alone

Using in private; secretive use; feeling an urgency for the first use of drink/drugs/pornography etc

Using for effect

To obtain a lift, feel or buzz to change thoughts, feelings or behaviour.

Protecting supply

Hiding the alcohol or drugs to ensure a readily available supply; planning money matters carefully in order to buy drink or drugs.

Using more than planned

No guarantee of what will happen after the first drink or drug. You intended to just have just one line of coke, a couple of drinks, spend only 15 minutes on a porn website, or eat just one chocolate biscuit and then found you could not stop.

Feelings of hurt or remorse

Feeling bad about your behaviour - the things said or done; the hurt that may have been caused to others.

Increased capacity

Able to use more than others. Beginning to need more to get the same effect.

Memory blackouts

Loss of awareness that conversations or events ever took place.

Finding excuses to use

My partner upset me, the boss is impossible, I have a tough life., I feel down and need cheering up, I feel anxious and stressed, I feel vulnerable.

Promises fail

Breaking promises to yourself and others that you will drink, drug or look at porn less or even stop altogether.

Geographical escape

Believe that a new start, in a new job, in a new house, in a new country will help.

Avoiding family and friends

Particularly while looking for opportunities to use. Progressively avoiding activities that do not include the use of alcohol or drugs.

Early morning shakes

Needing the alcohol or drugs to function.

Tendency to cross addict

Using something else compulsively particularly when trying to control your 'medication' of choice.

Continuing use

Despite progressively damaging consequences and repeated serious concerns of others.

If three or more of these characteristics are in evidence, there may be an addiction problem.

Whilst we welcome people struggling with various food addictions we also know that these guests sometimes appreciate attending a specialist group. If that is you then may we draw your attention to New ID for Eating Disorders, a course run by Lucy Stephenson at HTB Brompton Road.

Depression can also be a major problem in our lives in which case the Dealing With Depression Course may be of interest. The course is intended for people suffering from depression and looks at what depression is, possible causes, ways to deal with depression, and depression and faith, and healing prayer.

Occasionally people suffering with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) contact us to ask if the Twelve Steps can help them. They can, but at The Recovery Course we do not have the expertise and are unable to receive guests with this condition. However, there is an Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous Twelve Steps meeting held every Thursday evening at The Parlour, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QH. Further details can be obtained from the link above.

If you are currently participating in any therapy or counseling we would recommend that you contact your counselor or therapist before attending to see whether they are happy for you to participate in a 12-Step programme at this stage.

The Recovery Course Fellowship Group

For those seeking additional support, especially in between courses, The Recovery Course has a weekly Anonymous Fellowship Group to which anyone struggling with any kind of addiction is welcome to attend.

Time: Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm

Place: St Luke's Church, Church Centre, 201 Front Lane, Cranham, Upminster, Essex, RM14 1LD

Contact: Steve Fletcher, 07956 958549 between 4.30pm & 7.30pm or email:

Sober Living Action Group – A peer lead group meeting three times a week over a four week period which offers solutions for living, for more information and dates visit, Free phone 08004488 883