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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

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

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

Where’s Home Now?

  Before I got into treatment, I always remember feeling out of place. It didn’t matter where I was, or who I was with—I felt slightly wrong, as though I didn’t belong there. However, when I got into an inpatient treatment, I realized that I felt home, something I didn’t feel in a long time. When it was time for me to leave, I found myself saddened and confused: where is home now? Is it wherever my heart is, wherever I’m being true to myself? Or is it wherever I fall asleep at night? It’s a hard question, and one that I contemplate constantly. If you had asked me a year ago where home was, I would’ve given you my most current address. Obviously that’s home; that’s where I lived. But even … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Treatment

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

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

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 »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Top Celebrities That Are Sober Now

  Russell Brand From his pot and acid to crack and heroin days, the British actor is now delighting us with countless comedy flicks all due to his sobriety since 2003.  He stated, “Staying sober is a daily challenge.  It’s much more about not getting resentful about things.  Really, it’s a spiritual thing. It’s accepting that however important you think your problems are, you play a part in those problems. And probably one of the things you should look at is not being so self-involved.”   Anthony Hopkins Since a morning in 1975 when he woke up in Arizona with no concept of how he got there, Hopkins, one of the world’s most renowned and much-admired actors of our time has stayed sober.  He struggled with alcoholism for many years beginning in the mid-1960s and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Recovery

Improving My Program

  With four months of sobriety under my belt and half of the Twelve Steps of A.A. completed there is an area of my ongoing program that I need to work on: my daily prayer and meditation. Almost every person I have talked to who is in A.A. working a constant program says that daily prayer and meditation are among the most useful tools for addicts in overcoming what they are struggling with.   The 11th Step from the Big Book reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying ONLY for knowledge for His will for us and the power to carry that out  I am not on step eleven yet but that really doesn’t matter.  Anyone can pray.  In the past, as a … Read entire article »

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