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Avoiding Spiritual Narcissism During Recovery

Avoiding Spiritual Narcissism During Recovery Spiritual narcissism perverts spirituality into an ego driven pursuit and mindset. It's the cause behind some members of a recovering community adopting a "cleaner than thou" attitude. Spirituality refers to our feelings of connectedness to something greater than ourselves. To be well spiritually means we feel that interconnection and it [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on Avoiding Spiritual Narcissism During Recovery

Addiction’s Warning Signs

Addiction's Warning Signs When is enough too much? Addiction's warning signs tend to show up differently in everyone. A lot depends on the type of drug and the way it's abused. For example, many people abuse alcohol by weekend binges. Throughout the week, they're functional and able to do what they need to do to [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Addiction’s Warning Signs

Mending Broken Lives Part I

Mending Broken Lives Part I Mending broken lives takes addiction recovery and it takes time. We start with the most essential aspects of getting well: the sickened body. In recovery, we look at the body, mind and spirit. The body and mind are often approached together, as addictive drugs several damage cognitive function. Getting the [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Blog, Nutrition|Comments Off on Mending Broken Lives Part I

Recovery Emotions Revisited

Recovery Emotions Revisited Recovery emotions get compared to roller coasters, storms, tempests. They're all of those and more. So many of us abuse drugs to medicate our emotional issues, to push bad feelings deep down. Getting clean means those old bad feelings reach up and try to pull us under again. To go forward and [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Blog, Guilt and Shame|Comments Off on Recovery Emotions Revisited

Another Look At Cannabis and Schizophrenia

Another Look At Cannabis and Schizophrenia It's worth taking another look at cannabis and schizophrenia. Over half of schizophrenics have used the drug in the last year, studies have shown. Of course, correlation only tells us so much. Possibly, cannabis seems to the schizophrenic person as a viable way to self-medicate. However, there are some [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Blog, Marijuana Addiction|Comments Off on Another Look At Cannabis and Schizophrenia

Considering Spiritual Recovery: What Is It?

Considering Spiritual Recovery When considering spiritual recovery, people often think erroneously of religion. Any one particular religion doesn't have to be a part of recovery. Many people do have God as their Higher Power (HP). For those with religious backgrounds, it's pretty easy to put spirituality in context. For those who don't have religious beliefs [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|12 Step Recovery, Blog|Comments Off on Considering Spiritual Recovery: What Is It?

Are You an Empathetic Enabler?

Are You an Empathetic Enabler? We talk a lot about enabling. It's so hard for many of us not to be an empathetic enabler. We feel the suffering of our loved one who's beset with addiction problems. We feel that pain and naturally want to relieve it. However, often times we over-help. We prevent an [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Blog, Codependecy|Comments Off on Are You an Empathetic Enabler?

Face These Fears

Face These Fears It's easier to stay in addiction sometimes than face these fears. Addiction is the known. Getting clean might be the unknown. People may have to suffer a lot of pain and lose some years before they get to a place where treatment is worth risking the fears. Still, the following are some [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Face These Fears

Hope Alone Does Not Treat Addiction

Hope Alone Does Not Treat Addiction Exhortations to have hope, to have faith don't work well when a person is in active addiction. Hope alone does not treat addiction. It can't, but it is easy to get lost in the desire, the need for believing in a better future. Hope is essential but not sufficient [...]

By | November 24th, 2016|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Hope Alone Does Not Treat Addiction

Consider Contentment As A Recovery Goal

Consider Contentment As A Recovery Goal Contentment is nothing more complex than enjoying what you have without longing painfully for things out of reach. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Contentment is hard to master though. I've bought a lot of books on how to be a better writer when the problem has been with me. [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on Consider Contentment As A Recovery Goal