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Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "religion"

Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

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

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

A Recovery Not So Black and White

  In these last three months of sobriety, it has been good for me to cuss, tell dirty jokes, dress immodestly, not go to church, and have casual sex. This is all part of my recovery from substance abuse. Here is why. Over the past few years, I have attempted getting sober a few times, but after a few months of it, I would keep relapsing. This time around, having realized that, if nothing changes then—well—nothing changes. I have made the conscious decision to go about sobriety much differently than I have in the past and, so far, it has made a big and positive difference for me. By nature, I am a perfectionist and also have had a strict religious upbringing, and tend to err on the religiously fanatical side of things. In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

How Religion Can Negatively Affect the Mental Health of Gays and Lesbians

How Religion Can Negatively Affect the Mental Health of Gays and Lesbians

  Religion is prevalent almost everywhere. Although the number of atheists is on the rise, they are still very much in the minority. In the United States, the majority of people identify as Christian. Their views can range from very liberal, yet still believing in Christ and the Bible, to very extreme, where they take parts of the Bible literally and take on extreme right social views. A significant number of Christians believe homosexuality is a sin … Read entire article »

Filed under: 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 »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Spirituality

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 »

Filed under: Spirituality

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 »

Filed under: Featured, Mental Illness

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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AA The Only Way? Part 1

AA The Only Way? Part 1

  When I got clean the first time, I was forced into AA and 12-step ideology.  I found much of the language and focus on a “spiritual” life to be either painfully ambiguous or horribly dogmatic.  I had already spent years studying religion and various spiritual paths and was glad that I had closed the door on those efforts – it led me nowhere but further into my addiction.  Go figure.  Now those doors began to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery, Spirituality

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