Relationships

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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Weekly Reflection: Shining Light on the Truth

True relationship with God is rooted in honesty. Honesty with ourselves, with others, and with God. We may recognize that we are engaging in the behavior of our addiction, but are we honest with the consequences of our actions and the division it is creating in our lives? We can approach honesty in different stages…

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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 Restorative Power of Community

For the longest time I hid from everything. I would hide myself from the reality that my life was unmanageable and that drugs and alcohol had taken everything meaningful away from me. I hid from the outside world, from my responsibilities, and from human interaction. I hid myself from the Light that seemed to shine…

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Friendship and the Importance of Personal Relationship

A man named Brock introduced me to the Good News of Jesus Christ. He did not give me a book about Jesus and tell me to read it. He did not give me a DVD series to watch and tell me to press play. He did not give me a CD with Christian talks and…

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Five Lessons From Saint Monica to Help You Love a Suffering Addict/Alcoholic

Most, if not all, people deal with the difficulty of loving someone when it seems like the most difficult thing to possibly do. Loving a suffering addict—whether they struggle with alcohol, drugs, lust, gambling, financial infidelity, eating, etc… is costly. It costs countless tears, sleepless nights, infinite prayer requests, and the sacrifice of setting aside…

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