American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Addiction & Recovery Network

Addiction and Recovery

The Addiction & Recovery Network, a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors, is designed for mental health practitioners, as well as pastors, ministry leaders and lay caregivers who desire to better understand and help those struggling with various forms of addiction.

Why can’t they STOP…? How many times have you heard this plea of desperation from the loved one of an addict? Or how many times have you caught yourself thinking or saying that to someone you love out of disappointment and frustration?

Here are just a few of the many reasons why AACC is looking to further minister to those struggling with addiction and support those who are recovering (sources include the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):

  • It is estimated that there are 15 million alcoholics and 10 million drug addicts in the United States
  • An estimated 5-7 million people are addicted to prescription drugs
  • Every addict directly affects at least 5 other people
  • 40-80 million Americans suffer from compulsive overeating and 5-15% will die from its consequences in any given year
  • 1-2% of adolescent girls (close to 100,000) struggle with anorexia and/or bulimia and 4-5% of college age women
  • There are 2.5 million pathological gamblers and another 3 million compulsive gamblers in the United States
  • There are currently more than 300 million pornographic Web sites with an estimated 6-8% of the population diagnosed with some level of sexual addiction

If there is ever a time for Godly leadership, servanthood and biblical counsel… it is now. In the AACC, we understand the challenges in helping others. And whether you are a pastor, clinician, physician or lay helper, we exist to serve you faithfully as you care for others. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” As Christians, God wants us to be His instrument of healing and restoration. With God, we can overcome—and help others overcome—addictive behaviors. Because of Christ, we believe in the capacity for change!

Addiction & Recovery Network Goals

In response to this critical issue, the Addiction & Recovery Network seeks to:

  • Help you handle the Bible with confidence while dealing with life’s most difficult and trying issues
  • Offer insight on clinical issues and patterns that have emerged through reflection, research and scholarship
  • Provide practical tools and strategies to help you in your day-to-day ministry
  • Offer standards and direction in handling the tough legal, ethical, and gray areas of counseling


As a member you will receive:

  • Addiction & Recovery Network eNewsletter – Quarterly
  • The “Addiction & Recovery MP3” – an interview feature with a leading Addiction & Recovery expert – Quarterly
  • Member Savings at all AACC conferences
  • Savings on specialized Addiction & Recovery Network resources and services


Mark LaaserMark Laaser, Ph.D., is an internationally-known author and speaker who has written six books, including Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, Talking to Your Kids About Sex, and The Pornography Trap. He is also an adjunct faculty member at several graduate schools. Mark and his wife, Debbie, started Faithful and True, Inc.  (, which provides counseling, workshops, and resource material. In addition, he conducts speaking events, training, and seminars around the world.

Charter Membership

Don’t miss the opportunity to become a Charter Member of the Addiction & Recovery Network!* All interested AACC members are encouraged to join this division today for just $28 (regularly $39).

* Regular AACC membership required