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Recovery without God

Recovery without God

  A recent study performed by Harvard University’s McLean Hospital looking into the recovery process concludes that “faith in God positively influences treatment for individuals with psychiatric illness.”  While the belief in a God, often euphemized as “Higher Power” in many mental health and addiction recovery communities, is promoted heavily especially in 12-step programs, it is not for everyone and recovery is possible without this approach.  I prefer a more personalized approach based on self-empowerment and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 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

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

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

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 »

Filed under: Life, Spirituality

Learning to Detach

  I read from Touchstones daily.  It is a book of daily meditations for men in recovery.  Normally I find it hard to relate to the readings.  In fact, not relating to the readings has made me feel very insecure about my sobriety and my program in the past.  Today’s reading (featured at the bottom of this page) was very relevant to where I am at in my life today, at this very moment.  It really hit close to home for me. Today’s reading was all about detachment. Detaching, for me, has been quite the struggle.  I find it very interesting that the synonym used in the dictionary for the word “detachment” is separation.  You see, I am a crystal meth addict who became addicted to heroin because my best friend was.  In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Crystal Meth, Heroin, and Money Are My Higher Power

  I love to shoot crystal meth and heroin; it’s my most favorite thing to do. I also love to get money and do crazy, often illegal, things to get the money.  These things make me very happy and I do whatever it takes to get them. I hate it when I get caught and the come down is awful, but that’s just the way it is.  In a way these things and my pursuit of them have become my higher power For some people God is there higher power, and it used to be mine till my girlfriend died. I think if god was for real he wouldn’t take my little angel away from me. So I don’t know about god any more. It makes me sad and angry that she … Read entire article »

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Coming Close to a Drink

  This past weekend I experienced a time of relapse contemplation like no other I had gone through before.  I was so close to agreeing with my disease to get up and make a run to the local 7/11 and pick up a few forty-ouncers, it was frightening.  In the end I decided it was in my best interest to not pick up that first drink and I’m so thankful I didn’t. There were many things and subsequent thoughts that planted the seed in my head to even ponder taking a drink in the first place.  I feel embarrassed talking about this but the first thoughts in my head were that of what is so wrong with me.  I’m on a dating site, which I have talked about before in previous articles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery

Thanksgiving Dishes of Sobriety

  Thanksgiving provides us with a reason to celebrate with family and friends as we count our blessings for our sobriety and our courage in our decision to face our drug and alcohol problems.  Whether newly sober or a long-time abstainer from drugs and alcohol, we recovering addicts have many reasons to be thankful for our new, healthy lives.  The depths of depravity we experienced while using pale in comparison to the happiness brought by our sobriety.  We face our demons every day and continue to take positive steps to better our understanding of our sobriety and what is means to live a truly sober life.  Thanksgiving give us the opportunity to give thanks for the road we’ve embarked upon to actively participate in staying sober.  Below, we suggest a breakdown … Read entire article »

Filed under: Holidays, Recovery

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