Addiction is best described as a spiritual disease – or more accurately, spiritual dis-ease. A spiritual healing approach provides an extremely effective solution for the vast majority of people suffering with addiction.
When most people that first quit drinking or using are asked to describe how they feel, the answer is almost always the same – they feel nothing at all. They feel numb and empty inside. That’s because alcohol and drugs block the ability to feel normal emotions like joy, happiness and inner p... read more
To those of you that have already found a way to quit drinking or using, I have just one thing to say – congratulations! I’ll spend more time writing about you on another day. But today’s blog post is only for people currently struggling alone, quietly, in need of help. So move along, already recovering addicts, there’s nothing to see here.
There, I said it. Now that we have that settled, let’s talk about you, my actively drinking and/or using friend. Before we begin, it’s important to know that you ar... read more
A Facebook friend sent me a link to a Huffington Post article yesterday, along with a note that she thought of me while reading it. The article is called Is Alcoholics Anonymous Negativity-Based? Laura Tompkins, a certified addiction specialist, gifted writer, and journalist for the Huffington Post wrote a stinging editorial about AA’s modus operandi.
I’d never read Laura’s work before, but was struck by her powerful, straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to telling it like it is in thousands of church base... read more
Call addiction what you wish – a condition, disease or a disorder. I have no problem with those labels. What I do have a problem with is every Tom, Dick and Harry in the addiction treatment industry insisting that addiction is an “incurable” disease. Terminal cancer is an incurable disease. Addiction is entirely curable. I know this to be true, because I’m a cured alcoholic and there are millions of others like me.
So, why does the addiction treatment profession refer to addiction as an incurable disease? ... read more
3 Steps To Recovery: One Man's Triumph Over Alcohol And Drugs, by Dan Farish, paints a vivid picture of events leading to the author's addiction, his 20 year battle with drugs and alcohol, and how desperation led to condensing AA's 12 Steps down to 3 that promised to cure his addiction.
3 Steps to Recovery is a brutally honest autobiography that describes in vivid detail how a life can spiral down into the hopelessness of addiction. Dan Farish draws his readers into the painful childhood of a dysfunctional family,... read more
Question Of The Day - AA is based on a belief in a Higher Power/God as the source of recovery from addiction. If you believe that a H.P. can perform miracles, do you also believe that the same H.P. can change people from forever recovering to fully recovered addicts? If not, why not? read more
For Many Recovering Addicts, The Earth Is Flat!
In ancient times, the church leaders of the day believed the earth was flat. Most people accepted the church’s views without question and it was common belief that if anyone were foolhardy enough to sail too close to the edge of the world, they would surely fall off into the great abyss and perish. (sounds a little like hell, doesn’t it?)
To make a long Inquisition short, a scientist named Galileo invented the telescope, which proved that planets are actually ... read more
· We listen. Listening might not sound like much, but it’s one of the most important things we do. We listen without judgment to the things you say and to the things you don’t. We listen to your passions, your interests, and the challenges you face. We listen to YOU.
· We work together with you, as a team, to identify and explore your greatest strengths, skills and dreams.
· We help you remove obstacles that stand between you and your goals.
· We work with you to form a plan of action designed to help you ... read more
Confused by the title? It’s simple, really. A sneeze is a cold symptom, but not the source of the cold. A sneeze, cough, or runny nose simply tells you (and everyone around you) that you’re suffering from a cold virus. The cold virus is the hidden culprit.
Addiction works the same way. Addictive behavior is a symptom of deeper issues for the vast majority of alcoholics and drug addicts. Drinking and drug abuse are signs that something went horribly wrong in the addict’s past. The issues I’m referring to in... read more
Most people have heard the term “monkey on my back” used as a way to describe addiction. Personally, I find the word “addiction” too soft a word to describe the monster every addict or alcoholic battles in daily life. It’s too clinical, too sterile, and just doesn’t pack the same punch as the monkey analogy.
As a hardcore alcoholic for more than half my life, I learned a few things about the monkey. First, he never knows when to keep his mouth shut. It’s not that he’s loud. In fact, it’s quite th... read more