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STEP 1: Before You Start


Before you start this lesson, please write three or four sentences on what you think it means to admit powerlessness and the unmanageability of your life. Then, put the comments out of sight until you finish the lesson.

STEP 2: Preparing To Study


Read the study questions (do not attempt to answer them). Then read and study the course as you would read a chapter of a book.

What is Christians Against Substance Abuse (CASA)?


CASA was formed in Corpus Christi in 1988 by a small group of Christians seeking a New Life in Christ. Buck Griffith facilitated that group which has grown dramatically on both sides of prison bars. The program provides a unique look at twelve principles in light of the Bible. Buck Griffith authored Course VIII of the NLB curriculum in July 2000. This faith-based course encourages recovery from ALL forms of substance abuse: alcohol, narcotics, sex, food, exercise, work/career, relationships, etc.

NLBM/CASA is a program beneficial to all religious organizations (Muslims, Jewish, Catholics, Protestants, atheists, etc.) but especially to those who strive to use God's Word as their rule of faith. The principles taught can be understood by anyone interested in learning a better way of living. This curriculum enables the student to produce positive lifestyle changes.

NLBM/CASA is a twelve-principle program Plus One. The twelve steps used by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other step programs are also successful when followed explicitly.

NLBM/CASA researches factors leading to substance abuse. This is not to give excuses for (or justify) poor choices but to learn the causes of attempted escapes from reality - resulting in active addiction. NLBM/CASA explores better solutions.

The 13th principle is "Hope" - an essential ingredient to success. This lesson is entitled, Going on to Maturity. Many psychiatrists and counseling professionals believe that when the abuse of alcohol and other drugs begins, the addict's rate of maturity slows to a crawl. Thus, it customary to find a 30-year-old addict acting like a teenager. Overcoming chemical dependency is the goal of this program but long-term recovery is dependent upon restarting and continuing the maturation process in ALL areas of life. Otherwise, the person is straight and sober but still surrounded by the reality of an unmanaged life.

Since most addicts get an early start, this significant principle must not be omitted.

NLBM/CASA does not suggest students stop twelve-step programs in which they are involved. NLBM/CASA has proved helpful in conjunction with such programs or as a "stand-alone" effort if one is not actively pursuing recovery through any other program. Each person is urged to seek ALL available sources of help to fill his or her unfulfilled void. Like picking one's favorite flowers, each bouquet is unique, beautiful and spectacular.

NLBM/CASA is unique in that The Power Source (God) is included on every page of the curriculum. When Bill Wilson's book - The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (often called The Twelve by Twelve) - was written, he refused to permit any alteration of "God" in the 12th Step. Mr. Wilson commented . . .

"By the time you have worked through to the 12th step, you need to know where the power comes from that makes the program work."

We agree with Mr. Wilson. Understanding God to be a doorknob, table, flagpole or light bulb does not work as well as The One who created the doorknob, table, flagpole, light bulb and everything! This God will never burn out or wear out. Our God will never forsake or leave us (Hebrews 13:5).

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