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Recovery and the Renewing of Your Mind

June 11, 2020

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 If there is one thing that is immediately clear for addicts getting sober, it’s that we need recovery, restoration and renewal in a lot of areas of our lives. Drinking, we are finding, was just a part of it, a symptom of a much bigger and more complex life problem. Though we may have accumulated a bit of sobriety, we still think and act like addicts and many of us still experience intense cravings.

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On Navigating Uncertainty

June 9, 2020

We must be willing to let go of everything to find what it is that is truly meant for us. We’re experiencing a great test of that right now, for everyone.
I know some people are getting really scared right now. As usual over the past three years, my reaction has been paradoxical to this.
Since November 2016, I’ve been checking off my late father’s bucket list and writing a book about it.

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Addiction and Sin: Recovery and Redemption

June 4, 2020

Many complain that our culture is too beholden to biological psychiatry and genetic reductionism. Much of the discussion on addiction forms part of this cultural background. Thus we inherit, or even construct, different ways of thinking about ourselves, about health and disease, about weal and woe. But not every popular assumption is sober truth.

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How to Forgive

June 2, 2020

Forgiveness is often discussed in addiction treatment, and in general has been shown to bolster mental health, hope, and self-esteem.  People are frequently told that they ‘should’ forgive a loved one, or that they ‘need to’ forgive themselves.  Tangible tactics on how to forgive are oft-omitted.  This article neglects philosophical pontifications as to what forgiveness is and instead focuses on specific techniques, based on the Enright model of forgiveness, that actually result in the experience of forgiveness.

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Is My Loved One Struggling With Depression?

May 28, 2020

It is one of the biggest questions anyone can ask: is my loved one struggling with depression? It pays to help someone who is depressed as this disease can lead to suicide if left untreated. In 2017, about 17 million adults in the US suffered at least one major depressive episode. Studies also discovered that the risk of a significant incident is higher among women than men. So, how will you know if your loved one is affected? 

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Recovery and Sobriety During the Pandemic

May 26, 2020

Many 12-step meetings have been temporarily suspended and the list of “No’s” and “Suggested No’s” can seem overwhelming, even to those who are not in recovery. Read on for some practical solutions to help you stay sober during this time. 12-Step Fellowship in the middle of a pandemic. This seems like an oxymoron. Aren’t we all supposed to be following an “as-rigid-as-possible” social distancing plan for the next few weeks? Many 12-step meetings have been temporarily suspended and the list of “No’s” and “Suggested No’s” can seem overwhelming, even to those who are not in recovery:

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