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Addiction Ministry

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The River

The River is a peer support group community for all those affected by addiction. We welcome anyone with a loved one in the depths of addiction AND anyone struggling to stay clean. Join us at our meetings for a time of healing, hope, prayer and community with others experiencing similar struggles.


The River’s mission is to provide a community of hope, help, and support for loved ones of addicts and addicts caught in the throes of addiction. The River accomplishes this mission by providing peer-based group support, prayer, fellowship and activities where we can share our struggles as related to addiction and heal from the wounds addiction has caused. The River also provides local resources to cope with the battles brought on by addiction. You can learn more about this ministry by reading the information below, emailing Natasha Mitchell or calling (925) 603-7200.

What is the format of a meeting at The River?

A typical River meeting is 1 hour. We open with a rundown of group guidelines and general information about The River. We then move on to a meditation or inspirational quote to help us focus on a subject. Then we open up the floor to anyone that wants to share their struggles as it pertains to dealing with addiction. We ask that everyone try to limit their speaking time to around 5 minutes in order to allow enough time for everyone to share. After each share, we will ask if and how you would like us to pray for you, and then we will pray. Before ending the meeting, we will close the group in prayer as well. Community members and guests are encouraged to talk with one another after the meeting and exchange numbers. 

On the last meeting day of the month, the meeting is approximately 1 ½ hours. The last half hour is dedicated to an activity, speaker, community project, or informational session to help community members learn, heal, cope, and serve others. We urge you to attend the extra half hour session on these days, but it is not necessary.


We meet every Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The last meeting of the month is a slightly longer meeting from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and will include information or activity sessions for the last half hour. 

Meeting location

All meetings occur at Fair Oaks Church in Room 210 (upstairs, above the church office, in the Worship Center building).

Why share in a group?

Because there are members experiencing all phases and aspects of addiction, a group provides hope to those deep in the struggle. Simply by listening to one another, members of the group bear each other’s burdens. In Galatians 6:2, God tells us to “share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (New Living Translation) Through sharing stories of struggles and triumphs, group members share each other’s burdens.

God never intended any human to do life alone. Even since the beginning of time. In Genesis, God says, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Gen. 2:18) Ecclesiastes 4:9 says “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Peer support groups provide a place for people to be open, sharing their struggles with others that understand. If someone is falling or in despair, there are other people in the group that can help that person overcome the obstacle or struggle. They are able to help the person in need with experiences, wisdom, and even actual physical help with whatever it is they need. Members of the group know they can lean on other members for support.