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Hearing the Voice of God in the Voice of Others

When in the rooms of recovery, you often hear how people are depending on each other for support not only in staying sober, but for handling the difficult situations of life. The Twelve Steps are meant to guide us towards a God-reliance, which can be difficult to have without the help of others. Others Can…

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You’re More than Just an Addict

A few years ago, I was at a 12-step meeting when one of the members called for a “group conscious.” These are periodically called for in order for the group to talk about the vision, structure, and policies of the group. The “group conscious” must be agreed upon because it allows the group to function…

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I’m Going to Be Okay: Finding the Confidence to Open Up

My initial burst into SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous) came rather dramatically, as I tend to think many people’s entrances into 12-step groups tends to be. Although I felt at home from the start, it was a bit of a culture shock. My issue is pornography, but in SAA groups pornography is par for the course.…

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Interview on Mater Dei Radio

Catholic in Recovery Advocate Evelyn Brush was interviewed on Mater Dei Radio based in Portland, OR. In this interview Evelyn discusses the new meeting being held at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Portland, and the power of uniting the 12 Step Process with the 7 Sacraments. Listen Here

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Recognizing the Lord in His Purest Form

This Sunday, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This experience, as witnessed by Peter, James, and John, took place on a mountain top. High elevation often suggests that a spiritual experience is to take place. In this week’s Gospel reading (Mt 17:1-9), we hear: “Jesus took Peter, James, and…

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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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Overcoming Addiction With Religion

Not only is it important to change your old habits, whether that be in your environment or behavior, it is also beneficial to change your outlook on life. This is where religion comes in.

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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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