If you are dealing with addiction, compulsive behaviors, family dysfunction, divorce, or other problems, or you are close to someone dealing with these issue, you need a place of support. Recovery at Bristol can be that place.  The wide spread problem of drug abuse, alcoholism, broken relationships, and other issues can destroy individuals, homes, and families. It affects all of us either directly or indirectly.  It is our goal to address these problems and help change lives for the better.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction or other type of destructive or compulsive behavior, we can help at Recovery At Bristol.

Recovery At Bristol is a Christ-centered program of recovery for both individuals and their families. It combines the proven techniques of groups like Alcoholic Anonymous, Al-Anon and Celebrate Recovery to provide a framework for a successful recovery from a wide variety of addictive issues. We use the Twelve Steps of recovery along with the Bible as the core of our program. We also sponsor accountability and provide resources for participation in sharing groups.

Let Recovery at Bristol be your place of healing.


Mission Statement

Recovery at Bristol models a healthy Christ-centered community of sustained recovery from all manners of addictive issues, behaviors, and emotional distress. We seek to reclaim, restore, and rebuild people affected by these issues. Our goal is to nurture them and help them build a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ.


  •  Food & refreshments served at 6:00 p.m.
  •  Celebration service begins at 7:00 p.m.
  •  Sharing groups begin at 8:00 p.m.
  •  Activities conclude around 9:00 p.m.

Recovery at Bristol is held every Thursday evening



Recovery At Bristol is hosted by State Street United Methodist Church located at 300 W. Valley Drive, Bristol, VA 24201. Call (276) 669-2101 for information.


Sharing groups offer incredible support in the journey to recovery. Each of our sharing groups is a safe place where participants can listen to the experiences and difficulties that others have faced as well as share their own experiences, questions, and concerns. A trained volunteer who has personal experience in the issues on which the group focuses facilitates each group. Our facilitators ensure that group rules are followed by all participants so that everyone can have a positive and supportive group experience.

The following sharing groups are available as part of Recovery At Bristol:

•  Chemical Dependency
•  Co-dependency
•  Life Hurts, God Heals
•  Family Support

  1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings.
  2. Limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
  3. Refrain from cross talk. This is when 2 individuals engage in dialogue and excluding all others.
  4. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
  5. We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” another.
  6. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group will stay within the group.
  7. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered group.

About Recovery


Everyone has hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Some of those issues are more destructive than others, but no matter what issues you’re facing, recovery is possible. Our program is based on the proven principles of the Twelve Steps, revenant teaching that has practical application, a community of like-minded individuals who support one another, and God’s grace.


It is possible to recover from all addictions and compulsive behaviors. It is not easy an easy journey, but many find that by simply taking the first step they feel a sense of hope. Most people cannot make the journey alone; however, with the help Recovery at Bristol and a true desire to change, you too can recover.

The Twelve Steps

For years, recovery from alcoholism was thought impossible. After many years of working with those recovering from addiction and seeing what was effective and what was not, AA’s founders authored the Twelve Steps. They quickly realized that fellowship with others on the path to sobriety along with following the Twelve Steps proved that it was possible to recover.

The purpose of the Twelve Steps is to help us breakdown an overwhelming problem into smaller pieces. The old riddle, “How do you eat an elephant?” and its answer, “One bite at a time,” is parallel to the approach that is embodied in the Twelve Steps. There are many people in recovery that would say that their sobriety would have been impossible without the steps. The Twelve Steps are about refocusing your way of living and thinking to a spiritual relationship with God that becomes a source of strength, peace, joy and comfort that passes all understanding.


Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2 – We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would insure them or others.

Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.



It takes many caring people to make Recovery At Bristol possible. In fact, there would be no recovery program without the help of our volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved in a program that has a positive and visible impact on your community, then Recovery at Bristol may be the perfect fit for you

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Getting involved is simple. Just show up on Thursday night and tell anyone wearing a nametag that you want to volunteer. They’ll gladly help you find the place that fits your talents best. Come join us in this most remarkable program. You’ll be glad you did.


•  Hospitality / Greeters
•  Child care
•  Tech Team
•  Worship Team / Music
•  Food Services
•  Logistics / General Support