The No-Judgment Zone & the Golden Rule
by Beth Brantner, LPCC, Lost and Found Ministry and reGROUP
Addiction, it’s all around us. We’re bombarded with tragedies associated with addiction such as car accidents where people are under the influence, violence, fights, theft, broken families, poverty, homelessness, damaged relationships, absentee parents, and so on. It is no wonder recovering people often keep their story anonymous, not wanting others to associate them with the heartbreaks and drama.
I believe this stigma is why we don’t hear about the 23 million people in our country who are in long- term recovery. These folks are working, raising families, paying taxes and quietly doing things to make the world a better place. They know what it’s like to struggle, tend to be generous to others, and are inclined to be nonjudgmental. They are your neighbors, your co-workers and sit next to you in church.
At Lost and Found Ministry and reGroup, we work hard to let people know that addiction is a no-fault disease, solutions are out there, recovery is possible, and we’re living proof. If there was greater understanding and support by the general public, I believe more people would seek out recovery.
On Giving Hearts Day, a lovely young lady stopped in to look at our library. She said she enjoys coming here as “it is one place I can go where I’m not judged”; she has been clean and sober for 8 months. Wouldn’t it be a much better world if there were more places she and others could go where they would feel welcome? Remember the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12 “Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets”