London's suburbs. Latin America's megacities. West Africa's villages.
China's skyscrapers. North America's homes.
Addiction is a worldwide and at-home epidemic.
A powerful look at the gospel for the addicted, Hope in Addiction helps us think about what it means to be the Church in light of this growing—and heartbreaking—epidemic.
How did we get here? And how can we find freedom from addiction? This book is not just about drug or alcohol abuse. It's about gambling addictions, porn dependencies, workaholism, and internet addictions. It's a book about how slaves to addiction can experience freedom as children of the living God and family in the community of God. Wherever they are. Whatever has enslaved them.
With clarity and compassion, Andy Partington brings together personal stories, compelling research, and frontline ministry experience. This book is for Christian leaders, influencers, counselors, and educators. For the friends and family of those gripped by addiction. And, for those who themselves battle addiction. This book is for all of us.
There is hope in addiction. Hope for freedom. Hope for wholeness. Hope for eternity.
"The scope and depth of this work is breathtaking. The wisdom embedded in Andy's words is simultaneously soothing and piercing. He cuts to the heart of addiction on both a global and personal level, indicting systems and exposing the heart, while equally offering profound hope for those who suffer addiction, and for those who love those who war with desire. This is a brilliant gift from a man called to the margins whose passion offers us all a taste of the One whose presence is what we truly desire."
—Dan B. Allender, PhD, professor of counseling psychology and founding president, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
"I love this book because it marries the logic of the social sciences and the devotion of Christian spirituality into a compassionate intellectuality that is powerful enough to confront our terrifying addiction problems. I think that both Christians and nonbelievers, like myself, will take it to heart."
—Bruce K. Alexander, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, and author of The Globalization of Addiction
"If I had to choose one book to hand someone struggling to understand the power of addiction in their own life or in the life of a loved one, this would be it. Andy Partington's book combines the best scholarly insight on addiction with hard-won pastoral wisdom, and it's all narratively displayed in a series of gripping stories of addiction and recovery and the communities that make both possible. Clear, wise, compassionate, and completely engaging."
—Kent Dunnington, PhD, professor of philosophy, Biola University, and author of Addiction and Virtue
"Addiction is the real pandemic of our time and is no respecter of culture or borders. What is addiction? How can we describe it? What are its causes and its effects on family and society? Are there any viable solutions? Is there any hope for those clutched in addiction's grip? This inspired book by Andy Partington wrestles with these questions and more. Through storytelling, statistical research, and personal experience, Andy helps us all come to grips with the causes and cures of addiction and the role the church can play. I wholeheartedly recommend this as must-read material!"
—Tom Bremer, MA, LPC, director, Europe Teen Challenge
"Too many of us look for the right program, the right prayer, the right person to solve a problem, rather than accepting that addiction is complex. In Hope in Addiction, Andy Partington addresses the roots of addiction, the personal experiences and societal conditions that have made us vulnerable to addiction—and offers hope for change. This hope, however, is for the long haul, not the quick fix. With a heart of compassion, Andy delivers wisdom gained from years of experience working in addiction recovery as well as current research that gives us critical insight into the sources and strength of addiction. Read it all! The US is a nation of addictions—the future of ministry must include an informed, compassionate approach to recovery."
—Deborah Beddoe, author of The Heart of Recovery: How Compassion and Community Offer Hope in the Wake of Addiction
"Hope in Addiction is a wake-up call for the church to address one of the greatest crises of our day: addiction. With compassion, insight, and years of practical experience, Andy Partington shows a way of hope amid this devastating and deadly crisis. This book is a must-read for faith leaders and families trying to understand and respond to the complex challenge of addiction in our midst."
—Timothy McMahan King, author of Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals about Us
"Gambling addiction is a huge driver of poverty, suicide, and relationship breakdown. Addictions of all kinds shatter dreams, fracture families, and destroy lives. Hope in Addiction brings clarity and compassion to a tough, complex subject. It sheds light on dark places. Best of all, it points us to hope—living hope!—for an addicted world."
—Dr. John Kirkby, CBE, founder, Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
"Despair is often a word associated with our growing global addiction crisis, but this book is full of hope—not a naïve or uncertain hope, but a contagious hope that is grounded in credible research, personal experience, and, above all, a God who is at work in the world and making all things new. This is good news for everyone. In this informative, challenging, moving, and compelling memoir, Andy invites us to look beyond dominant narratives and perceptions of addiction and enter a better story. I could not recommend this book more highly."
—Paul Woolley, Chief Executive, the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)
"If you want to understand addiction, I'd read this book. If you want something more—if you want HOPE—read it slowly and carefully. You will not be disappointed!"
—John Eldredge, New York Times bestselling author, counselor, and teacher