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Moving Towards Baptism and Welcoming the Newcomer

The following is a short excerpt from Scott’s upcoming book, The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery: One of the most beautiful moments of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year takes place during the Easter Vigil when new members of the Church are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy…

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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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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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