When Randy Mortensen moved to Brevard County from Minneapolis, Minnesota, he brought his compassion for those in recovery from addiction.

He also brought Quest 180, a group he organized in Minnesota, to help those struggling with addiction find freedom through the 12-step recovery program and its Biblical comparisons.

The group meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Church at Viera at 9005 N. Wickham Road.

“We are reaching out to the community and souls struggling with all kinds of addiction,” group leader Jim Reid said.

Quest 180 is open to anyone in recovery from addiction and the people who love them. Addictive agents include opiates, alcohol and pornography.

Meetings open with music and worship and then move into the lesson, which studies a different aspect of the 12-step program each week.

Child care is provided.

“We then break off into a men’s group, a women’s group and another for loved ones of those struggling with addiction,” Reid said.

“As parents, spouses and friends share their experiences, it lets others know they are not alone.”

Reid spoke of co-dependency as a factor.

“This is when someone depends on another to the point they cannot live their own life,” he said.

Every fourth Thursday is Medallion Night, which celebrates sobriety, whether it is for 24 hours, a week, a month or 30 years.

The fundraising event includes a full meal with a $5 suggested donation.

For information about Quest 180, go to Quest180.org or call 321-757-HOPE.