drug and alcohol addiction

Station 1: Addicts face Abandonment & Rejection

By |2019-09-11T17:38:22-04:00April 3rd, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

In the next several blogs we'll discuss connections between the Stations of the Cross and the stages of addiction. The first Station is about Jesus' condemnation to death; just like many addicts, He felt a sense of abandonment and rejection. Many people have life experiences which cause them to feel abandoned or rejected. These feelings [...]

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Stations of the Cross for Addiction Recovery

By |2019-09-11T17:38:56-04:00March 20th, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that facilitates union with God through the passion of Christ. Traditionally, it is a devotion practiced largely by Catholics, particularly on Fridays during the season of Lent. Over the years we’ve come to appreciate this devotion as being far more than a simple recitation of prayers. In [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #8 is to be Proactive in Recovery

By |2019-09-11T17:00:01-04:00March 5th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

Life in recovery can have many benefits and positive experiences. The key to staying in recovery is to discover the goodness and the fulfillment life has to offer when you are drug-free. People who are engaged in a proactive recovery from addiction: Do things to help them manage stress Work on building and sustaining healthy relationships, especially [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #7 is Avoid Assuming you are Stronger than Everyone Else

By |2019-09-11T17:00:53-04:00February 18th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

One of the principle causes of relapse is thinking that you don’t need help, or that you can manage recovery on your own. We hear lots of people say: I understand how to manage my recovery. I don’t need a counselor or a sponsor.” Relapse begins the moment a person in recovery thinks they can [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #6 is to Know the Signs of Relapse & Avoid Triggers

By |2019-09-11T17:01:09-04:00February 7th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

There is no cure for addiction so the recovering addict or alcoholic must always be on guard against the possibility of relapse. It is very important to know the signs of relapse and take immediate steps to safeguard against temptation. Some of the big triggers are stress, exhaustion, loneliness, boredom, resentment and relationship problems. Addicts need [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #5 is to Stop Enabling Addiction

By |2018-11-03T13:09:05-04:00January 31st, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The people who love and care for those with addictions are constantly placed in the difficult position of deciding how to act. Do you challenge the alcoholic or addict to get help? Do you refuse to help them until they decide to seek treatment? Do you withdraw assistance (money, housing, car, etc.) until they take the [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #4 is to Seek Effective Treatment

By |2018-10-24T10:23:28-04:00January 24th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

Like any chronic disease, addiction needs to be treated; however, the answers do not lie in quick fixes. Overcoming addiction requires learning the tools, strategies and behaviors that enable someone to manage life without resorting to drugs or alcohol as the easy answer. Help is important, because the addicted person must learn to think, act, and [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #3 is to Identify & Solve the Factors Contributing to your Addiction

By |2019-09-14T16:00:37-04:00January 17th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People drink and use drugs for a reason; they want to feel different. For many of them that reason is hazy when they first enter treatment. As they detox and their brains begin to heal, they are able to make the connection between life events and their pattern of drinking or using. They see that there were [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #2 is to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

By |2019-09-14T15:53:53-04:00January 10th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The line between substance abuse and addiction is often hard to see until it has been crossed.  An individual may deny they have an addiction until the consequences are overwhelming and undeniable: a lost job, broken relationships, a DUI, financial problems, legal issues, or a serious health condition. The CAGE Test is one way to [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #1 is to Accept that Addiction is a Disease

By |2018-10-24T10:30:41-04:00December 26th, 2012|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

For generations addiction was understood to be a lack of willpower.  People with this mindset believed that the addicted person chose to make bad decisions and act selfishly.  People thought recovery could be accomplished by forcing addicts to take responsibility for their actions and say “no” to their urges to drink/use. In recent decades, science [...]