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The Opposite of Addiction

EricVerticalI heard a speaker recently who succinctly captured a deep truth behind much of what we do here at Portland Rescue Mission.

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”

There are many reasons a person might become homeless. But relational isolation is experienced by all, especially if addictions are involved. A significant number of people are also imprisoned in the solitary confinement that addictions help maintain.

The essential piece that’s easily missed is this – addiction is more than a physical compulsion or criminal act. Pushing people toward detox or jail doesn’t address the core question: “Why do people turn to addiction in the first place?”

portland-rescue-mission-building-2At the heart of most addiction stories is a painful truth. At some point, the mental and emotional weight of life – the hopelessness and isolation – seemed too great to face. To have any lasting effect, the cure for addiction has to do more than put distance between the person and his or her temptation. The cure must heal the heart and soul – providing tangible hope, forgiveness and honest, trust-filled relationships – so that the need to numb the heartache falls away.

God’s passion is to give hope and restore life to the hundreds of people who come to the Mission for help each day. Our passion is to live this out by serving their immediate needs, offering friendship and guiding them toward the free and fulfilling life God wants for us all. Your support offers more than sobriety – it offers healing, connection and a way back home.


Blessings, Eric Bauer

Executive Director

P.S. – Thanksgiving is coming soon! We’re already preparing to serve more than 30,000 meals next month to welcome hungry men, women and families to our holiday table. Your extra generous gift today provides a hot meal and hospitality when hurting people need it most. Thanks.


Watch FOX 12 on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. to help Give Hope

Hundreds will go hungry this Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can help! Mark your calendar and watch FOX 12 on Thursday, November 5th for our annual “GIVE HOPE” Telethon. We’ll have coverage throughout the day and a special 30-minute program at 6:30 p.m.

Special thanks to Fred Meyer and Shari’s Restaurants for doubling donations and providing thank you gifts.