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Serene With Serenity

Serene With Serenity

  One of my favorite lines concerning serenity is in Step Three, page 41, of the 12&12 that states, “In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.’” Before becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, … Read entire article »

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Accepting Ourselves

Accepting Ourselves

  Being accepted is something that I think we all inherently yearn for. When we don’t feel accepted, we reach out for acceptance and try to find it by fitting in with others, by using drugs and alcohol, by acting out – the ways we try to fit in never end. At the end of the day, the only people who can really make us feel accepted and at peace with ourselves, are ourselves. How do … Read entire article »

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My Life Lesson in the Consequences of Honesty

  My most current stint in treatment has been since May 2012 for a variety of issues – the most prominent being anorexia nervosa and borderline personality disorder.  My journey to recovery has been filled with many ups and downs.  For the past few months, I have been on a somewhat steady uphill journey with my actions and behaviors.  That is why when I had a major crash in my recovery this weekend, many people were surprised. I, on the other hand, was not surprised.  I saw it coming.  My mind has been at war with itself.  I try hard not to get myself into trouble with my sober living and treatment center, but I have been unsure if I even want to be “in recovery.”  Many times, I feel like it … Read entire article »

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Coincidence or God Shot? You Decide…

  Oftentimes members of Alcoholics Anonymous use the phrase “God shots,” which many of them have experienced throughout their time in the program.  There is a fine line between God shots and coincidences.   When something in an individual’s life happens that would be considered a God shot, the reason it is considered as such and not just a coincidence is because that person has a present and existing spiritual connection with a higher power, which very well could be God. The definition of coincidence is as follows: “A chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected.”  The words “chance” and “simultaneous” don’t pertain to God shots.  When a God shot appears in someone’s life, God is working for them in ways that are not just by … Read entire article »

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The Horror of Getting Sober But Finding the Light

  Getting sober is never easy. It is a frightening concept to even think about, but much like overcoming fear of the dark, there are ways to defeat this dread. One fear most people have surrounding getting sober is whether or not they will have any fun in recovery. Enjoying life is what most people strive for and many of them with the disease of addiction think that what they were doing was more fun than anything they have ever experienced. These folks have nothing to fear. The longer one stays sober, the more and more fun they will find they are having in sobriety. There are so many ways to enjoy life without picking up a drink or drug. Another fear about getting sober is if having to work the 12-steps will … Read entire article »

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The Psyche of Reiki

The Psyche of Reiki

  Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a form of spiritual healing using what is known as “universal life energy,” channeled from the practitioner to the patient, to bring harmony to the recipient’s mind, body, and spirit.  Its origins can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Tibet, and the practice was rediscovered and revived in the 19th century by a Tendai Buddhist priest, Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926).  Hawayo Takata, an American of Japanese descent, introduced Reiki … Read entire article »

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Faith in the Fight for Recovery

  As a spiritual person, it is not hard to conclude that consuming drugs alters my conscious contact with my higher power.  Personally, I believe that God, the father of Jesus Christ, is the one true God.  Other religions maintain their respective beliefs.  In this country those beliefs must be respected, too.  How someone encounters God is less important than agreeing he is real and having a relationship with it. How our faith allows us to understand God is important for our recovery.  After reading from the “big book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, it is clear that adherents to the “Anonymous” program, or any form of recovery, don’t have a chance of being successful without the help of a higher power.  In other words, your Higher Power is the only source of what … Read entire article »

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Spiritual Beliefs Among Native Americans Tied to Lower Levels of Substance Abuse

  Recent studies of the urban Native American child population suggest that those who come from a grounded spiritual background don’t have the same urges to do drugs and drink alcohol as those who grow up without a spiritual underpinning.  Drug and alcohol abuse has long been a source of discord and putrefaction in the Native American community, and studies have consistently shown that rates of use and abuse among Native Americans are significantly higher than the general population of the United States. Arizona State University presented the study, “Spirituality and Religion: Intertwined Protective Factors for Substance Use among Urban American Indian Youth,” at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.  The authors of this study are David R. Hodge, ASU School of Social Work associate professor; Stephanie L. Ayers, … Read entire article »

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Ayurveda: A Holistic Way of Healing Addiction

Ayurveda: A Holistic Way of Healing Addiction

  The Indian science of healing called Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years.  Translated, it means “the science of life.”  The remedies used come from nature, although advanced surgical procedures were performed as well.  The oldest known surgical text comes from an Indian surgeon Sushruta, who practiced in 600 BC.  The book is called Sushruta Samhita and contains descriptions of several operations, including repairing the bowel, removing the prostate gland, performing caesarean … Read entire article »

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Yoga and Recovery

Yoga and Recovery

  Recovery for many can involve an increase in exercise, meditation, and prayer.  Yoga fits nicely with these themes for some.  I have found mantra—which is the repetition of sacred sounds—helps calm and focus my mind.  It gives my mind something wholesome to occupy itself with, and slowly heals my body and overall energy if I do it with concentration. The following is a nice simple example of mantra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xld3hJSM4Y For those interested in taking a yoga class … Read entire article »

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