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Can Kids Be Too Religious? Obsessive Behavior May Signify Mental Illness

  One of the roles of parents is to encourage healthy, positive activities in the lives of their children.  Many parents of religious children will encourage their children to partake in religious activity, whether as part of family tradition or because they believe that it brings comfort and improves the overall well-being of the child.  Unfortunately, not all religious activity is healthy, as hyper-religiosity may be a sign of a deeper mental illness issue.  “[Hyper-religiosity] looks positive but could be negative,” says Stephanie Mihalas, a UCLA professor and licensed clinical psychologist (Russo). According to Dr. Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation, practicing religion promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and even the community.  Religion can be a positive force in the lives of both children and adults, according to Dr. Bill Hathaway, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Research, Spirituality

Santa Fe Church uses Controversial Psychedelic Tea

Santa Fe Church uses Controversial Psychedelic Tea

  A small religious congregation in Santa Fe has been receiving a lot of recent attention after opening up to NPR about their use of psychedelic tea for gaining spirituality. The official União do Vegetal (translates to “union of the plants”) religion came about in 1961 in the country of Brazil. Since then, it has grown to about 17,000 people. The majority of people in this practice live in Brazil. However, the United States does have a … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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

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 »

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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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Was Moses a Schizophrenic?

  Schizophrenics often become intrigued by religion and prophesy through their own personal connections to God and/or their delusions.  Clinicians often refer to this preoccupation as religious delusions, as the individual may grow to believe that he or she is God, a prophet, Jesus, the Antichrist, or other religious figure.  One psychology professor I had in college asserted that it is likely that some or all prophets and human religious figures from the bible and our religious history had schizophrenia or religious delusions of some sort.  In times of chaos, despair, and hopelessness, is it unreasonable that communities would form around these individuals, believing in their delusions as teachings and spiritual truths?  This article briefly examines several religious figures that could be prophets, failed prophets, messiahs, failed messiahs, and schizophrenics. I will … Read entire article »

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Personal Accountability

  Personal accountability is an essential component of recovery, one that many addicts are lacking as a result of their habitual drug abuse.  The experienced drug user will use any means necessary to withdraw from family, friends, work, or anything else that might interfere with his using and abusing.  I know this because I have acted this way in my life. Simply put, I chose marijuana over people I loved.  The result was friends lost and people hurt.  In my lifetime, I have spent numerous hours, days, and even weeks consuming my drug of choice rather than living a healthy life. The use of marijuana or other drugs is often done in groups of people who may be considered “friends” by the user.  Who knows how far they would go for each other?  … Read entire article »

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What does an Olympic Gymnast and a Recovering Addict have in common?

  I’ve been watching the Olympics every night, and while I enjoy the athletics to a certain degree, I find myself more touched by the human experience of the athletes.  In a weird way, their interpersonal relationships of parent-athlete, coach-athlete, and teammate-teammate, are similar to the ones I have been experiencing on my journey of recovery.    These athletes train for most of their lives to become as talented and strong as they are, and they do not do it alone.  Like an athlete, I have performed the physical and mental feat of getting and staying sober (I have a year now!), and I have not been able to do it alone.  Obviously, I have more of a mental recovery to go, but it is one of those journeys that never truly … Read entire article »

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Alabama Drug Offenders Getting a Raw Deal

Alabama Drug Offenders Getting a Raw Deal

  This week Cameron Steele wrote an expose about the Alabama judicial system sending drug offenders into uncertified treatment programs.  While I think she may miss the mark by focusing to specifically on an ex-employee of an uncertified rehab and her relapse or ruse (which could happen anywhere), she did hit on a major issue.  The state does not have the capacity to incarcerate the drug offenders and therefore needs to divert them to drug programs, … Read entire article »

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