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God and Recovery

God and Recovery

  One of the most crucial things I have come to understand in recovery is that alcohol is only a symptom of my disease, not the problem by itself. In fact, alcohol was a solution to my problem for many years. The problem is me: my brain and my thinking. Therefore I need a permanent solution that is bigger than me. I need divine assistance, not to just stop drinking, but to change me at my cellular level. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Spirituality

Recovery and Circumcision

Recovery and Circumcision

  Recovery through the 12 Steps is a lot like the ancient Biblical practice of circumcision. Circumcision is the surgical removal of flesh (foreskin) from the male penis, having possible origins in ancient Judaism. In the book of Genesis, the Biblical God made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, and from then on, it became a tradition for all the men of Israel. However, the physical act was intended to represent the inward change of hearts. Either way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

Faith in God Shows Potential Improvement of Mental Health Outcomes

Faith in God Shows Potential Improvement of Mental Health Outcomes

  Recent research indicates faith in a “Higher Power” could substantially increase the chances of a successful outcome from short-term treatment for psychiatric illness. For this study, a team of researchers followed patients who were under care from a hospital’s behavioral health program in order to investigate the relationship between the patients’ degree of faith in God, or a “Higher Power,” and actual outcomes of treatment. The results of the study can be found in the next issue … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Research, Spirituality

The Saddleback Church Family Launches Petition to Raise Awareness of Mental Health

The Saddleback Church Family Launches Petition to Raise Awareness of Mental Health

  Pastor Rick Warren and the family at Saddleback Church have made a proactive response to the suicide death of their son Matthew, starting a petition on the church’s website to raise awareness about mental illness. The pastor and his wife have also started a foundation on mental health in their son’s honor, naming it after him. Warren’s 27-year-old son shot himself after a lifelong battle with mental illness and depression. The Saddleback family has taken this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Life, Mental Illness, Spirituality, Treatment

Being Ready, Willing, and Committed to Having My Higher Power Remove My Shortcomings

Being Ready, Willing, and Committed to Having My Higher Power Remove My Shortcomings

  As of yesterday, I completed my sixth and seventh steps, which state: Step 6. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Step 7. “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” Character defects, which are things like ego, anger, and rationalization, are in all of us, and most of the time living with these defects makes it harder to live a more spiritual life, a life closer to our Higher Power. While working with my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Is Treatment for Drug Addiction on the New Pope’s Agenda?

Is Treatment for Drug Addiction on the New Pope’s Agenda?

  After 2000 years of Papal history, the Catholic Church’s new spiritual leader Pope Francis has become the first pontiff from outside Europe. A humble and studious man, Francis stands as a clear indication that the church is expanding its horizons and potentially opening up to more modern views on the world and its problems. The so-called “drug war” that is now going on in Latin America is one of the world’s biggest problems. Drugs claim millions … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Mental Illness, Recovery, Spirituality, Treatment

Beyond Wonderland: A Sober Experience

Beyond Wonderland: A Sober Experience

  At the San Bernardino amphitheater on March 16, 2013, the popular rave event “Beyond Wonderland” went down in full force. Over one hundred electronic artists played from 4pm to 2am in four different arenas.  The event first hit scene in 2010 at the San Bernardino Events center, completely selling out tickets to thousands of EDM fans everywhere across the country. I met people from New York to Chicago to Canada. Of course, the main population … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

The Third Step: “In God I Trust”

The Third Step: “In God I Trust”

  When I approach the Third Step of the “Twelve Steps” that originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, I see that action must be taken and change must happen. If the second step inspires a new faith for an alcoholic/addict, the third step takes that new faith and asks the alcoholic/addict to adopt that faith and begin to live by it in virtually every aspect of his life. He must literally submit his entire life to God, trusting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

The Power of a Higher Power

The Power of a Higher Power

  “In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.” – 12&12 Step Twelve, p.108.  While in recovery my Higher Power, which I choose to call God, has been the backbone and influence of every little thing that has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Spirituality

Bored in Sobriety? How to Find Your True Purpose in Life Outside of Just Being Sober

  Being newly sober can become extremely boring.  The routine of going to meetings, therapy, work/school, etc. can sometimes feel like an endless routine of meaninglessness. Speaking from my own personal experience, this can become a dangerous set up for relapse, because boredom is one of the most common reasons people drink or use. In order to get out of that monotonous routine of just trying to stay sober, one must find a bigger purpose for life.  It is easy to advise people to find a purpose and passion when they are bored with life, however finding a life purpose seems close to impossible in early sobriety. Personally, I have struggled with finding the purpose of my life since I was a very young child.  I was the neurotic five year old who … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

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