Addiction Recovery: Where Do You Begin?

If you are wrestling with the idea that you need help overcoming your addiction—either from drugs, alcoholism, pornography, gambling, an eating disorder, or other psychological dependency—it is likely that this is not a new idea to you. I had enough evidence to be convinced (in moments of clarity) that I was an alcoholic and drug…

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Perception

A few weeks ago I was speaking with the principal of a local high school about rising alcohol and drug issues that his school is experiencing. Upon my second visit with this young man, he took a moment to share with me that his half-brother, at only thirty years old, died of a drug overdose…

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Digging Out of the Spiritual Trough

  I wrote the outline for this post about two weeks ago following a vacation, in a moment when I felt myself diving into a spiritual “trough”, or low point in one’s spiritual life where God’s presence seems to withdraw.  I plotted out the following points, mostly as a reminder to myself about the tools…

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Broken: But Not Beyond Repair

On my way to church yesterday morning I was stopped at a red light where a young man, about my age, was crossing with his Bible in hand.  It seemed to me that he was heading to a church service at a nearby Methodist or Presbyterian church, and I envisioned him to be answering a…

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Service With a Smile: A Lesson in Gratitude

I work at a restaurant, serving delightful meals and memorable experiences to guests of all kinds. A few weeks ago I was in the midst of a shift when I could sense my attitude running amuck. Making comparisons to the woman working next to me, my mind began racing about how I was the victim…

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You Can't Do It Alone

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”[1] I hear these words read aloud nearly every day, to the point that it sometimes hums through my ears unnoticed like the sound of the wind. When I first got sober and was realizing how important the fellowship of other recovering drunks…

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The Highs and Lows of Recovery

I was 21 years old, sitting in rehab after being arrested for my second drunk driving offense, and I was very in touch with how the world had done me wrong. My step-mom gave me a journal to take with me during my stay, and in it I jotted down some notes about how my…

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Easter Sunday—Divine Redemption

Years and years of suffering, loss, and the insane cycle of returning to the source of my pain to find refuge dominated my life. Throughout most that time, I didn’t even know it. Things were not going my way, and as I continued to lose more and more it started to make less and less…

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