Ep 93: Alcohol Addiction In The Church, Overcoming Shame and Hope Found In Recovery with Irene Rollins

09.25.2022 - By We're Going There with Bianca Juarez Olthoff

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Why don't we talk about alcoholism in the church? Is there a way to overcome the shame we feel from addiction? Is there really a chance for wholeness and recovery? Irene Rollins is a pastor-turned-author who is shedding light on these topics and breaking the stigma around the church and its relationship with addiction issues. In this episode, I'm chatting with Irene about: 
• Dealing with alcoholism in the church 
• Identifying addiction issues and active recovery 
• Having a safe community to heal with 
• Supporting people impacted by addiction 
Irene is in recovery from an alcohol addiction and has been sober for a number of years. She talks openly about how unresolved trauma, insecurity and a hard season of life led to a dependence on alcohol. During our conversation, Irene shares her story and how her issues with alcohol impacted her personal and professional life. 
This conversation is shared with the intention of creating a dialogue around how the church deals with addiction issues. As you listen, I hope you'll see that help is available to those who need it and that recovery is possible with the right resources and support. So, whether you're looking for healing or trying to better understand how you can support someone through addiction, this episode is for you. You can tag us @biancaolthoff and @irenerollins, we'd love to find out how this podcast spoke to you.
Love you, 
Irene Rollins Book - Reframe Your Shame: Experience Freedom from What Holds You Back
Treatment / Therapy Programs: 
The Meadows Texas
Celebrate Recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous

Music by: Brad Tsushima, Instagram: @bradtsushima, email: [email protected], Spotify: “R.A.D.”

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