Addiction can take many forms. Pornography and sexual addiction, drug abuse and alcoholism, gambling and even workaholism are the most common areas where people find themselves feeling enslaved and helpless in the fight for freedom. But those with addictions are never meant to walk this path alone.

While there are no simple answers to an issue as complex as addiction, we at Focus on the Family Canada want to provide you with tools, resources and referrals to help you get started on a road toward healing and freedom – whether you’re the one dealing with addiction or you’re the loved one.

We’ve put together a free 16-page PDF booklet. You’ll find articles to help you understand and navigate addiction, especially if you’re the loved one of someone who is addicted. You will learn common causes and factors, understand the role of codependency, find specific information about pornography in marriage, teen gaming, and drug or alcohol addiction in young adult children, and learn why healing relationships is essential to recovery.

I also want to share a powerful and encouraging story about a woman named Carol. Carol and her husband both enjoyed the party scene. When they got married and started a family, she was able to leave drinking behind, but he was not. As they cycled through a painful journey of his addiction and her codependency, Carol became angry, bitter and unsure of where to turn. By God’s grace, they each learned powerful lessons of humility, community and the hard work of healing. Click here to watch her share her story.

If you’re looking for additional support, we encourage you to get connected with Celebrate Recovery and Freedom Session. You can also contact our care and counselling team to speak to one of our in-house counsellors or get connected to a registered counsellor in your area. Call us at 1.800.661.9800 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT and ask to speak with the care associate.


Jean-Paul Beran, M.A.
 Focus on the Family Canada