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The Body Keeps Score: Real Recovery Includes Emotional Healing

When I started recovery, the stories that people told me about both their addictions and the families they came from fascinated me. As a man named “Dan” once said, “My family put the fun in dys-FUN-ction.”  Over and over again at 12-step meetings, I have heard people mention the early roots of their addiction—being sexually…

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A Step Forward After Relapse

The chicken fat dripped onto the charcoals and sizzled and flared and smoked. And the baseball game was loud on the radio. The announcer between play by play activity talked about a frosty cold bottle of beer. Those simple words ended months of sobriety.  It must be admitted that that first beer tasted so good.…

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How to Find Healing When Your Family Member Is an Addict

The disease of addiction is devastating on families. Everyone related to the addict often struggles immensely to live with and try to help the person they love dearly and desire more than anything to help.  However, many times with our attempt to help our loved one we inadvertently push him or her further away. We…

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How Eucharistic Adoration Healed My Father Wound

A few years ago, I was at a wedding when I was struck by the particular charism of the priest offering the ceremony. He was warm, relaxed, and extremely welcoming. He also could read a room, which was reflected in the way he presented his homily to a largely irreligious crowd. He even told us…

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