What is Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED?

Start a Disciple-Making Program

at your church or ministry!

You might be familiar with various programs with "steps" for addiction recoveryeven "Christian-oriented" ones. 

Our program takes the Next Steps beyond the goal of recovery and sets the eternal goal of TRANSFORMATION through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and God's Word! 

With over a decade in the making, this 100% digital-access curriculum has everything you need to start ministering to addicts in a small-group setting right where you are, right now

With short, scripture-saturated video lessons taught by Dr. Mark E. Shaw, a counselor, disciple-maker, and author of over 20 publications, including of The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective, this curriculum is the fuel that the local church needs to start a transformation revolution across the world.

Gospel-Saturated Curriculum

(enjoy a free preview!)

  • 1

    For Leaders

  • 2

    Unit 1: Be

    • Student Handouts for Unit 1

    • Student Handouts for Unit 1 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: To Be or Not to Be

    • Lesson 2: Two Views of Identity

    • Lesson 3: What is Addiction?

    • Lesson 4: Three Stages of Transformation

    • Lesson 5: What is the Truth About Your Heart?

    • Lesson 6: Why, Who, What, Where, & How of Transformation

    • Lesson 7: Re-Created in His Image and Likeness

    • Lesson 8: Review of Unit 1

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    Unit 2: Truth in Love

    • Student Handouts for Unit 2

    • Student Handouts for Unit 2 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Speaking the Truth in Love

    • Lesson 2: The Importance of Truth

    • Lesson 3: The Importance of Grace

    • Lesson 4: Becoming Like Christ in Truth and Grace

    • Lesson 5: Transformation Within the Body of Christ

    • Lesson 6: Review of Unit 2

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    Unit 3: Repentance

    • Student Handouts for Unit 3

    • Student Handouts for Unit 3 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Addiction Requires Repentance

    • Lesson 2: What is Repentance?

    • Lesson 3: Biblical Words for Addiction

    • Lesson 4: What Idolaters Do

    • Lesson 5: How to Repent

    • Lesson 6: Review of Unit 3

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    Unit 4: Assurance of Pardon

    • Student Handouts for Unit 4

    • Student Handouts for Unit 4 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: How Can You Be Sure You Are Forgiven?

    • Lesson 2: What is Biblical Forgiveness?

    • Lesson 3: How Does God Forgive?

    • Lesson 4: How Must You Forgive?

    • Lesson 5: Granting Forgiveness

    • Lesson 6: Review of Unit 4

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    Unit 5: Newness of Life

    • Student Handouts for Unit 5

    • Student Handouts for Unit 5 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Conviction or Condemnation?

    • Lesson 2: Can a Christian Struggle with an "Addiction" (or Idolatry)?

    • Lesson 3: New Resources to Say No

    • Lesson 4: New Resources to Say Yes

    • Lesson 5: Discipline Is Your Friend

    • Lesson 6: Review of Unit 5

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    Unit 6: Sanctification

    • Student Handouts for Unit 6

    • Student Handouts for Unit 6 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: What is Sanctification?

    • Lesson 2: How Did God Find You?

    • Lesson 3: Where is God Taking You?

    • Lesson 4: The "BE's" of Be TRANSFORMED

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 6

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    Unit 7: Fruit-Producing

    • Student Handouts for Unit 7

    • Student Handouts for Unit 7 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: What Does Godliness Look Like?

    • Lesson 2: Pride vs. Humility

    • Lesson 3: How is Your Heart Tempted to Sin?

    • Lesson 4: Having the Humble Mind of Christ

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 7

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    Unit 8: Others Focused

    • Student Handouts for Unit 8

    • Student Handouts for Unit 8 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Heart Motives for Relationships

    • Lesson 2: Beware of Men-Pleasing

    • Lesson 3: Trading Addictions - Working Backward to Your Heart

    • Lesson 4: The Marks of a Transforming Christian: Be GIVING

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 8

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    Unit 9: Responsibility

    • Student Handouts for Unit 9

    • Student Handouts for Unit 9 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Responsibility Leads to Obedience

    • Lesson 2: Responsibility is God-Given

    • Lesson 3: Moving from Victim to Victor

    • Lesson 4: Learn to Have the Mind of Christ (To Be Transformed!)

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 9

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    Unit 10: Maturity

    • Student Handouts for Unit 10

    • Student Handouts for Unit 10 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Gratitude Demonstrates Maturity

    • Lesson 2: Cultivate a Heart Attitude of Gratitude

    • Lesson 3: Preventing Relapse

    • Lesson 4: A War to Win Within

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 10

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    Unit 11: Exemplifying Christ

    • Student Handouts for Unit 11

    • Student Handouts for Unit 11 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Be Submissive

    • Lesson 2: A Realistic Picture of Christ

    • Lesson 3: A Rebellious Heart

    • Lesson 4: You Have the Mind of Christ

    • Lesson 5: Review of Unit 11

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    Unit 12: Disciple-Making

    • Student Handouts for Unit 12

    • Student Handouts for Unit 12 (with blanks)

    • Lesson 1: Being a Disciple

    • Lesson 2: Being a Disciple-Maker

    • Lesson 3: The Gospel

    • Lesson 4: Review of Entire BeTRANSFORMED Course

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    Instructions for Renewal

    • Instructions for Renewal

  • 15

    Testimonies to Share with Your Group

    • Jim Quigley Testimony

    • Kirby Johnson Testimony

    • Bethany Roseberry Testimony

    • Daphne Duncan Testimony

    • Steve Barnett Testimony

    • CJ McMurry Testimony

    • Ryan Arrington Testimony

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    • Let us know what you think!

What's Included?

16 month access to...

  • Leader's Guide - Video & Manual (.pdf download)

  • 2 Curriculum Guides with Advanced Assignments to Enhance the Study

  • Online Access to 66 Pre-Recorded Video Lessons (Over 15 Hours of Teaching!)

  • Downloadable Student Handouts for Each Lesson (With Fill-in-the-Blank Option)

  • Additional Discussion Questions for Small Groups

  • 15 Months of Weekly Curriculum to Build Long-Term Relationships

What You Need:

  • Your Bible

  • Small group leaders to help you lead the discussion times

  • Internet access to play the videos for your group

  • Ability to print the student handouts

Optional Materials

Although not required, these resources will help you and your participants go deeper

1. Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective by Mark E. Shaw

2. Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts by Mark E. Shaw

3. Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Mark E. Shaw

4. Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart by Mark E. Shaw

We recommend purchasing these resources in bulk at 50% off from Focus Publishing. Call 1-800-913-6287 to request discount.

The Heart of Addiction Cross Talking Relapse Understanding Temptation

Meet the Instructor

DMin, Biblical Counseling, ACBC since 2002, CADAC II

Dr. Mark E. Shaw

Mark is a certified biblical counselor and Founder of The Addiction Connection. As an author, speaker, teacher of the Word, and certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor, Mark has been involved in helping people who struggle with addictions since 1991. He serves as the Director of Counseling at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY. He and his wife, Mary, have 4 young adult children.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this curriculum have everything I need to get started?

    Yes! It includes instant, online, 16-month access to 66 video teachings from Dr. Mark Shaw split into 12 major units. Each unit contains a collection of themed lessons. You also receive digital downloads for all 66 student handouts that match the video lessons. Within the handouts are individual and group discussion questions, required readings, suggested resources to go deeper, and special projects to learn and grow in Christlikeness. You will also receive additional discussion questions to direct your small group time.

  • Are the videos "live", or can my participants work at their own pace?

    It is not "live." This is a pre-recorded course meant to be studied in a group setting, whether with a Trusted Christian Friend, ten people at a program, or fifty or more at your church. Program Leaders may decide the pace of this course, the number of group meetings per week, and the setup of the meetings.

  • Does 499 days allow enough time to get through every lesson?

    Yes. Completion of one lesson per week will give you more than five additional weeks for holiday breaks. We recommend you do it this way. However, some intensive studies will complete more than one lesson per week, such as a residential or prison ministry.

  • What does it cost to renew my access after it expires in 499 days?

    When your access to this curriculum expires, your student dashboard will notify you about optional renewal for $125. You can also check expiration dates by looking at My Account > Order History). A $125 renewal will last you another 499 days (about 16 months).

  • Are there any required textbooks for participants?

    The Bible is the only required text for this course. Additionally, we recommend that you purchase copies of "The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective", "Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies", and "Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts", and booklet "Understanding Temptation" - all written by Mark E. Shaw. These additional resources will help participants go deeper in this study and apply it to their lives. Bulk discounts of these books can be found through FocusPublishing.com

  • I've already read "The Heart of Addiction" and other books by Mark Shaw; Is this the same content?

    Not at all. This is brand new content released to the public for the first time in August 2020. Dr. Shaw teaches using the acronym "Be T.R.A.N.S.F.O.R.M.E.D."

  • Will I need to print the handouts for the participants?

    Yes, you will need to print them for your participants.

  • How do I get a bulk discount on Mark Shaw's books?

    Call Focus Publishing (1-800-913-6287) to request a 50% discount when you purchase 10 or more books.

  • I need technical help purchasing or getting into my dashboard. Can you help?

    Yes, we would be happy to walk you through it by setting up a phone call or zoom meeting with you. Please email michael@theaddictionconnection.org

The Local Church Has a Biblical Resource for Addicts

And it starts with you!

The local church is the community God has ordained to help the addicted. The Bible is an often neglected resource that offers hope and help for the addicted. Using this group study, Next Steps: Be TRANSFORMED, leaders of churches and ministries can offer an outreach and a disciple-making program that agrees with God's unchanging Word.

Why We Created


To offer you a way to help the addicted move forward from a "clean and sober" lifestyle to Be TRANSFORMED

While sobriety is a good goal, God wants more for the addicted: He wants to change them into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

We all know that transformation doesn't happen alone nor automatically. This biblical curriculum depends upon Christ, His Word, the community of a local church, and God's Spirit to work in the hearts of the participants. 

By His grace, God will enable you to help the addicted take the Next Steps to Be TRANSFORMED.

Let's Stay "Connected"

(see what we did there?)

The Addiction Connection is a network of ministries who offer hope and healing for those struggling with addiction of any kind. Our network of biblical programs and ministries that stretch across America and the world exists to point people to Jesus Christ for answers. Members of our team are available for direction and wisdom for any of your addiction-related questions and needs.