Rev. Kal Rissman is an ordained minister of the ELCA, Certified Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Hospital Chaplain, Licensed Marriage and Family Life Therapist, Nicotine Dependency Counselor and Licensed Social Worker. He currently serves as a part-time parish pastor of two Lutheran churches and is the author of the book, "Knowledge to Power: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction,” along with an educational DVD series of the same name that includes a study guide for group use. In this episode of “My Story of Addiction & Grace” he shares his personal journey as a pastor and how he came to care so much about the issue so addiction and what it does to people.
Addiction takes many forms and knows no boundaries. Anyone is susceptible to this cunning baffling and powerful disease, even clergy. In fact, clergy are more susceptible than average because of the nature of their work. In this podcast you will hear the personal testimonies of clergy who were caught in the hell of addiction and by the grace of God found a way out. Listen to their powerful stories of what it was like while they were addiction, what happened that caused them to get free, and what it’s like now for them living in recovery.
My Story of Addiction & Grace is a podcast production of The Center of Addiction & Faith, which can be found online at addictionandfaith.com.
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