TRANSFORMING LIVES. EQUIPPING CHURCHES.
Certified Biblical Counselor, ACBC
Certified Addictions Counselor, ACBC
Liz's personal story, how Hope for Addiction came to exist
Liz Beck is the president and founder of Hope for Addiction, as well as conference speaker, trainer, curriculum writer, and committee member on multiple city committees in Arizona.
Throughout her adult life, addiction affected her in profound ways. Her marriage and family were destroyed due to a husband who struggled with addiction. During those dark years, however, Liz did not feel alone or hopeless due to her faith and relationship with God and the loving care of her church. Her pastors and loyal friends did not abandon her or shy away from the mess of her family’s life. These experiences were the catalyst and model for what Hope for Addiction is today.
Three years after the launch of Hope for Addiction, another addiction related tragedy hit home with Liz and her family. Her ex-husband died from prescription drug overdose, and the utter darkness of addiction threatened to take her out. However, once again, the strong web of relationship within her church and close friends allowed her to walk through those dark days and months, and continue to be strong and live life in spite of the pain.
Addictions programs are around every corner, however there are few options for people once they are out of rehab and needing to pick up the pieces of their broken life. How does someone actually live in sobriety and freedom? How do people live after the devastation of addiction? Literally learning to live life again. Liz realized through her dark times that addicts and their families need help in the midst of the hard times to walk through life, find hope, and learn how to live in freedom. Liz believes the church is meant to be this community. However, churches need to be equipped with how to help, which is where Hope for Addiction comes in by partnering with them to understand how to help addicts and the messiness of their lives. Hope for Addiction has continually shown that freedom can truly come to addicts and their families.
February 2019 was another one of those monumental moments for Hope for Addiction. In response to the great need of single moms, recovering from a life of addiction or the effects of addiction on their lives from others, and their children, Liz once again pushed through opposition and the stigma of “you can’t do this”, and opened Freedom House. Freedom House provides long-term transition support for at-risk families. Through her own struggles as a single mom, Liz understood what struggling families needed from a safe place to live to all the services needed to learn to live life in freedom and stability. Liz plans on continuing to open more of these homes throughout Arizona and the United States.
Liz is not only leading this charge, but she is also speaking out and getting involved in the community to build awareness. Since the launch of Hope for Addiction, she has become a Certified Biblical Counselor and Certified Addictions Biblical Counselor through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She is also a Commissioned Addictions Counselor through The Addiction Connection. From 2016-2019, she served on the Chandler/Gilbert Substance Use Coalition and in 2017 organized and led the Faith Leaders Subcommittee for the coalition. In 2017, she also served on the Planning Committee for the Gilbert, Arizona iRun4Good Event. She also is a part of the following associations: The Addiction Connection and Fallen Soldiers March.
Liz is an accomplished speaker and trainer. In February 2016, she spoke at the Behavioral Health and Substance Use Education Clinic presented by Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. Liz was a breakout speaker at the February 2019 Mental Illness and Addictions Conference with author and speaker, Dr. Edward T. Welch of Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. At The Addiction Connection Summit in November 2019, she was a panel discussion speaker.
Hope for Addiction and Liz have been featured in multiple media articles and features, including in the East Valley Tribune and AZ Central. The success of Hope for Addiction is creating awareness of the need for post-rehab addiction programs that actually help people stay sober and live life free of addictions.
Another major role that Liz plays at Hope for Addiction is curriculum writer. Each Hope for Addiction meeting is conducted with meaning, purpose and direction. That direction comes in the form of a curriculum written by Liz. She also writes training manuals and materials for training churches (pastors and leaders) and individuals to care for struggling addicts.
Liz Beck is the real deal and cares about the complete person. She is a leader among leaders and a friend and source of hope to the addict. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona and has two adult children, Grace and Robert. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her kids and friends.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Freedom House Staff
I attended the very first Hope for Addiction meeting in July 2014. My thought was to attend and help others with with their addiction. Shortly after I realized I had a problem with addiction myself. I entered a detox facility soon after and have been clean and sober ever since. God has grown and changed me from the inside out. I was a Christian but was held captive by addiction. After a year of growing deeper in my relationship with Jesus, I had a desire to reach out to other women who were struggling just as I had. I love seeing God at work setting people free. Seeing the bondage of drugs and alcohol removed and being bound to Christ is something only God can do.
It is my greatest joy to serve people struggling as I did. The weekly meetings are encouraging and always point us to the One True God who is able to redeem souls and set them free. I truly believe that the journey I have been on has been for one reason: to glorify God in the ministry of addiction. People are dying, people are craving support, fellowship, mentors, and most of all hope.
In February 2019 I left my job of nine years to serve as the Director of Freedom House. I am blessed to walk alongside women in need. I am excited for all the opportunities God is bringing to reach more people and have an impact for His glory. This is the game changer.
and Donor Relations
I was raised in a Christian home, attended church, Sunday school, Bible studies, and sang in the choir. Yet, at age 17, I walked away from the Lord. My life proceeded to be pretty good from the outside... until it wasn’t. Death of a child, a bad divorce and excessive alcohol drove me down a path of sorrow. BUT GOD, in His perfect love and perfect timing called me out of the pit and placed a new song in my heart.
In 2019, my husband and I knew we were being drawn to some kind of addiction ministry and we attended our first Hope for Addiction meeting. After that very first meeting we were so blown away by the honesty and grace offered there, we returned and never left. The weekly meeting puts Jesus on full display for the broken and lost.
One day I was having lunch with Liz and she shared that Hope for Addiction was going to be needing more full-time staff. I wasn't looking for a new job at the time, but I watched God work out the details and I stood in amazement of His mighty hand directing my path. I am so thankful that I get to be a part of this amazing team. I can truly say that my journey has been worth it as I surrender to the Lord and walk alongside those struggling with addiction. God is so very GOOD.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
and Program Support
I am extremely passionate for the lost because I, myself, was bound in addiction for years. After losing my father to overdose at the age of 16, I turned to a life of addiction to ease the pain. Quickly my life spun out of control and I found myself in jail. Thankfully I was sent to treatment and through Christ, I have been set free. Over the past ten years I have served in addiction ministry, and walking alongside other women is my greatest joy. Having an amazing relationship with Liz over the years, I always hoped to be a part of the Hope for Addiction team and my giftings in administration, marketing and biblical care are a great compliment to the great staff and volunteers at Hope for Addiction. My husband, David, also has a heart to serve those struggling in addiction and we look forward to what God has for us in caring for hurting people.
Board of Directors
Liz Beck, President
Founder, Hope for Addiction
Cynthia Wright, Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant
Rich Richardson, Secretary
Pastor, Center Church Gilbert
The Gospel Coalition Arizona Steering Committee
Jamie Self, Member
Pastor, Grace Church Peoria
Glenn Kees, Member
Principal Software Engineer