The addiction epidemic is traumatizing our families, communities, and places of worship.
In the last year alone, there has been a record of overdose fatalities and a rise in substance use, especially for women. Tragically, many are living in the darkness of shame often created by the consequences of addiction like sexual violence and even death.
In Downstairs Church: Finding Hope in the Grit of Addiction and Trauma Recovery, Caroline Beidler, MSW explores the problem of addiction and trauma for women today and then highlights the freedom—and hope—that can be found in the downstairs church or recovery community. Beidler also highlights the radical vulnerability required of addiction and mental health recovery, something that all people can benefit from. When we share our stories of struggle in real ways, authentic transformation can happen.
“I struggle to find adequate words to capture all Caroline shares in this treasure of a book. If you’re caught on the barbed wire of addiction, sliced open by the unavoidable pain that penetrates every person’s life or stuck in the doldrums of seemingly no way out, turn the next page. You will feel seen and heard and known by Caroline, and then perhaps surprisingly, by God.”
Manda Carpenter, Author of Soul Care to Save Your Life
"The moment I began reading Downstairs Church, I couldn't put it down. Caroline's writing is relatable, honest, relevant and encouraging—even necessary. I can't wait to see how it heals addicts and self-righteous alike."
Brian Allain, Founder of Writing for Your Life
"Caroline Beidler’s book illustrates the value of vulnerability and group support through trying times, and how all Christians can benefit from this learning."