The “Mother of all Addictions”

Co-dependency is known as the “mother of all addictions” and is a relationship illness with origins in childhood and growing up in a dysfunctional home that is usually afflicted by another addiction such as alcoholism or drug abuse. It is passed down through the generations when the lack of treatment and forgiveness occur. Without… Read more


Fr. Christophe refers to one addiction as “the mother of all addictions” because it is the root cause of virtually all other addictions. In his many years of counseling addicts, Fr. Christophe has found this particular illness to be the one contributing factor in the formation of the conditions that lead to… Read more

On Masturbation

One of the most serious and grievous of all sexual addictions is masturbation. This is an uncomfortable topic for many to discuss as it is an act that society promotes as a healthy expression of self-love which is in direct contrast to Biblical and Church teachings that it is, in fact, the most… Read more

Lust as Addiction

We know that lust and sexual addiction affects the soul and body and that God intended for sexuality to be a loving part of a lawful marriage between a man and a woman for the intended purpose of engaging in communion with Him. Fr. Christophe begins this examination with a review of… Read more

The First Three Steps

For every recovering addict there is a 12-step program that can help set them on the path to healing and transforming their lives. While all 12 steps are vital to the recovery process, there are three steps in particular that set the tone for all else the addict must do to free… Read more

The Spiritual Method

There are two ways of looking at treatment for alcoholics and other addicts. The first way is based on medicine and psychology which look at addiction as a brain disease which have a genetic or neuro-chemical cause. Prescription medication and counseling are the treatment methods that are utilized and, in some cases, may… Read more

Sexual Addiction

Fr. Christophe LePoutre is the director of the Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup, an organization committed to honoring Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos, by acquiring and maintaining quality sobriety and purity as a way of life. Fr. Christophe introduces us to a very serious form of addiction that plagues modern society like… Read more

An Orthodox Way of Healing from Addiction

The 12-step program is an invaluable resource to help begin the healing process, but it’s not enough as it largely addresses the addiction from the outside. To truly overcome and heal from an addiction, the inside needs far more attention as it is a lack of something on the inside that is the… Read more

Orthodox Psychotherapy

When it comes to healing the addict, the Orthodox Church provides the most comprehensive and complete approach available to mankind. Unlike the Western approach to healing which largely places the addict in the hands of a doctor or therapist who may rely primarily on medications to bring about healing, the Church believes that… Read more

Dry Drunk Syndrome

When a person suffers from addiction, we know the first step to recovery is to admit that there is a problem. Once the addict can acknowledge that he suffers from an addiction and needs help, he is usually pointed in the direction of a 12-step recovery program that focuses on that particular addiction… Read more