Signs of Addiction

Dr J. C. Joiner 2September 4, 2016

In preparation for the RU Seminar we have an article from

Signs of Addiction

– By Dr. George Crabb, Author of several books for RU.

Imagine, if you will, the one whom you love–the happy, healthy, young person with a great future ahead of him; a talented student, a generous giver, a loving friend, a new parent, and they are losing everything to addiction! All of their time and money goes into their addiction. They lose their job. Their car is repossessed, their house is foreclosed, and their spouse leaves them. The grief is unrelenting; it is almost worse than a death. A selfish, lying, evasive, and suspicious monster replaces your formerly happy and generous loved one. They get violent and abusive towards you. They may even threaten to harm you and steal from you.

When you approach your loved one about the situation, about the drug addiction, about the extreme consequences that are transpiring in their life, they will be in denial. They will outright deny any usage of drugs! Any drug paraphernalia that you might find in their room, house, or vehicle will belong to a friend, according to your loved one. If you happen catch your loved-one with the drug in hand, they will most likely concede to using it, but they will vehemently deny they are addicted. They may even say, “Somebody planted the drug on me!” “Oh, I have just taken it once or twice, and it is doing no harm!” They can even go to the length of saying, “I work better on this stuff. It helps me concentrate better!” The person may tell you they can drive more safely while on the drug and that it helps them compensate for their shortcomings. They even go as far as to say they are doing it for your own good so that they can make more money, be more productive, get better grades, and be a better person for you.

At times, your loved-one may discontinue use of the drug for a while in a feeble effort to prove to you that they are not an addict, but, unfortunately, they rarely can stay off for a very long time. They attempt this feat in order to demonstrate that they have some type of control over the situation (which they obviously don’t). Your loved-one thinks of it as a crutch, hobby, or choice. They use the drug as a medicine, and in their own mind and thought processes, it works! It gives them endless energy, a focus and drive they have never experienced. Everything seems to be fun, interesting, and it feels so wonderful to be high and alive. They know they are dying from the consequences of continued use, but they do not care. It feels so good to die!

It is my desire in writing this information to help those who have an addicted loved-one. I want to help you understand what, exactly, is going on in your addicted loved-one’s mind and their life. Hopefully my insights, both personal and observed, will give you guidance through this most difficult time in your life.

The addict will, as already mentioned, often make your life miserable. They are self-centred and extremely manipulative. They lie without even thinking about it. They even, at times, believe the lies they are telling you. Addicts can often be suspicious and paranoid. They can, on occasion, hallucinate and believe that their hallucinations are reality. They accuse people of conspiring against them. They accuse their spouse of unfaithfulness. This is all done in an attempt to deflect attention from them and their issue. They deny the obvious. They do not show up for work, and then they get angry and blame the boss when they are fired. They steal from their family, and when they are confronted about the issue they get offended. They say one thing and do another. They contradict themselves in word and action. When the truth comes out, and they are confronted with it, they become angry and blame others for what transpired. While they are actively on the drug they feel that they are invincible and that they will never get caught. If they have children, they inevitably end up neglecting them or even abusing them. You see, the addict is caught up in his own little world, and he becomes incapable of caring about anything but his drug.


RU Recovery Banquet and Seminar – September 16-21


Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM

AWANA impacts and shapes the lives of millions of kids and adults worldwide through proven resources and expertise that help churches and families develop lifelong disciples of Christ. We thankfully have many qualified adults who love working with your kids.


Teachers and Workers Appreciation Banquet  

Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 PM

This Appreciation Banquet is for all teachers, helpers, deacons, and trustees, plus all who help with all other ministries of our church such as the van ministry, music, Sunday afternoon rehab ministries, AWANA, and RU. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the auditorium. Please be sure to sign up.

Harvesters’ Potluck Luncheon

Tuesday, September 13 at 11:30 AM

For those 55 and older / Visitors welcome!

RU Recovery Banquet and Seminar – September 16-21

Ben and Wendy Burks – Ben Burks is the international director of RU. We will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of RU in our church. He preaches in churches all over the world.

  • Friday, Sept. 16 – 10-year Anniversary Banquet
  • Saturday, Sept. 17 – Training classes (Lunch included)
    • 10 AM to 2 PM
    • Ladies: Wendy will also be speaking!
  • Sunday, Sept. 18 – Ben Burks will be preaching in all the services.
  • Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM (Sept. 19-21) Ben Burks will be preaching.

We are inviting pastors and churches who are interested in the RU Recovery Program to attend.

Please sign up at the back table for the RU banquet on Friday, Sept. 16 and the luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Fall Revival – October 16-19 – Evangelist Paul Schwanke

He has preached God’s Word in Revival Meetings around the world for 34 years!

He has previously held successful Revival Services in our church many times. He has a great passion for communicating God’s Word, the Bible. Invite your friends and family.

Anticipating the Return of the King in 2016

(Jesus said) “Surely I come quickly.”

(John said) Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ FOOD BANK

After each service we make available to families in need a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items such as canned goods (soups, chili, sauces, meats, vegetables, etc.), boxes of cereal, pasta, rice, beans, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.




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2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ  85712

Church Office Phone: 327-5938

Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor

Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor

Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator

Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries

Ron Cox, RU (Ph. 248-5216)



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Wednesday Services at 7 PM

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