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Great Women of The Bible: Ten Figures to Inspire Strength in Recovery, Part 1

April 23rd, 2018

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From prophets to revolutionaries, there is no shortage of figures in the Bible who exude strength, morality, and greatness. Many people might first think of the men in the Bible, and understandably so. Still, there are also plenty of women who deserve recognition for their achievements and influence. Whether they were queens or commoners, the Holy Scripture’s leading ladies have had a lasting impact on others, their nation, and the centuries-old Christian faith. Each of the great women of the Bible listed below has overcome unimaginable obstacles. They learned from their mistakes, handled stressful situations with grace, and paved the way for themselves and others through God’s will. The lessons learned from their stories are easily applicable to modern-day life— especially for those in recovery.

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Biblical Signs of Toxic Relationships in Recovery

April 9th, 2018

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Many people find themselves trapped in unhealthy relationships when they reach a dark point in their lives— especially when it comes to addiction. These can include friendships, romance, or even relationships with family members. In any case, you might not have recognized that the company you kept during addiction was just as toxic as the drugs you used. After all, your focus was on feeding the addiction. But what will happen now that you’re sober? Unfortunately, continued toxic relationships in recovery are far more common than you might think. In fact, many suffer in silence during addiction recovery simply because they don’t know how to address, change, or end toxic relationships for their own good.

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Practicing Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

March 26th, 2018

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When it comes to addiction recovery, there is no shortage of treatment methods. Almost anyone can find one that works for them. Science, psychiatry, and medicine have undergone several advancements that have proven to be successful for many people in recovery. Still, medical science can only heal the physical side of addiction. Spiritual methods can be just as effective for maintaining sobriety and a sense of emotional balance after the medical side of treatment is complete. One of these methods is practicing mindfulness.

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The Story of Bill W. and the Foundation of AA

March 12th, 2018

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William Griffith Wilson, also known as Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous alongside Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith. While most people in the recovery community know his name, not very many people today know the whole story behind his personal struggles, AA’s founding, the Twelve Steps formation, or the Big Book’s publication.

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What is God’s Plan for Me?

March 6th, 2018

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Addiction recovery is never an easy task, even for those who are devoted to getting sober. People in early stages of recovery usually feel a wide range of emotions, like guilt, regret, and fear. This is especially true for Christians in recovery who think that they’ve fallen out of God’s good graces.

If you are a Christian in recovery, you may feel weighted down by the wrongs you committed in addiction. You may even feel as though you’re no longer worthy of God’s love because of your sins. However, it’s important to remember that addiction by its very nature is a disease of the mind and body— and disease is not a sin. God has a plan for everyone, even those in recovery. By rekindling your connection with a higher power in your recovery, you can gain a better understanding of what God’s plan is for you.

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Coping with Tragedy in Addiction Recovery

February 26th, 2018

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Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. —    1 John 3:2

 

Life is unpredictable, our future is secure in Christ, but this doesn’t exclude Christians from the pain of a tragedy like losing a loved one. Grieving is a normal and healthy response to the death of someone close to you, but the pain that comes with it may feel like a severe and irreparable emotional blow. For mourners in addiction recovery, the trauma that comes with this kind of tragedy has the potential to trigger a relapse. However, it’s possible to deal with unexpectedly losing a loved one during addiction recovery without relapsing. It’s challenging, but it is possible. Here are a few guidelines that can prevent Christians in recovery from relapsing during the five stages of grief.

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Pope Francis Calls Addiction a ‘New Form of Slavery’ in 2016 Workshop on Narcotics

February 19th, 2018

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One of the most important things to remember about addiction is that no one develops it by choice. As Pope Francis aptly put it back in November of 2016, drug addiction is a modern form of slavery that requires adequate rehabilitation to restore victims’ happiness, dignity, and lives.

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Words of Wisdom from Religious Figures, Philosophers, and Historical Figures

February 13th, 2018

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Addiction recovery is a long, difficult journey that requires an abundance of support and autonomy. Unfortunately, a lot of people on the mend from drug or alcohol addiction don’t have a strong enough sense of self-confidence or discipline to make progress during the early stages of recovery following treatment. Thankfully, there are many ways for people in recovery to successfully combat feelings of self-doubt to strengthen their sobriety. One way is by taking inspirational words of wisdom to heart. Throughout our history, a number of influential figures have shared words of wisdom that have become immortalized into universal truths. Many of them easily apply to addiction recovery, even if that’s not what they were initially intended to do.

 

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Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

February 5th, 2018

Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

 

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” — Luke 22:19-20

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Churches Across America Take a Stand Against the Opioid Crisis

January 29th, 2018

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At one time, the consumption rates of prescription opioids were overlooked or considered harmless. Today, opioid misuse and addiction have become one of the nation’s most prominent medical crises in history. In fact, opioid overdose has been labeled the leading cause of accidental death in America, surpassing car accidents and gun violence. With the death toll rising, many businesses and non-profit organizations are stepping up to face the opioid crisis head-on. This includes church leaders, many of whom have contributed time, resources, and unconditional support to those affected by the opioid crisis so far.

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