After prayerfully and honestly examining our hearts, we can all admit we like control. We like believing we are controlling the events, time, and even people around us. This is especially true in families with addiction. Family members believe they need to be controlling every aspect of your life, people and circumstances, in order for it all to stay together and not fall apart. Some thought processes (more…)
Quiet Time Is Essential When Overcoming Substance Abuse Addiction
written by Kelly Flaherty
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts”
– Psalm 139:23
We should all want to be closer to God and know Him more intimately. Part of the process is presenting ourselves fully to God, allowing Him to show us places where we lack and need to grow. The best way for this process to occur is to do a daily quiet time by setting a certain time of day aside for prayer and meditation on things of God. This consists of (more…)
Bombshell Theory for Family Members of Substance Abuse
written by Kelly Flaherty
“I cannot change another person by direct action.
I can only change myself, by God’s grace.
Others have a tendency to change in reaction to my change.”
Boom! Family members are consumed with the desire and need to fix and change the addict. We spend so much mental energy trying to change the addict, instead of taking care of ourselves. When the Bombshell Theory kicks in, our thought patterns that we are used to are challenged, leading to a healthier and more intimate relationship with God. Let’s break down the Bombshell to see (more…)
This is the Recap of Lesson 2: The Love of God Part 1 for Recovering Addicts and Substance Abusers. Presented to you by Reach Recovery, a substance abuse recovery program in Greenville, NC.
Key verse: Ephesians 3:17-19
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be (more…)
This is the Recap of Lesson 1: The New Life for Recovering Addicts and Substance Abusers taken from the Life of Victory Bible study series. Presented to you by Reach Recovery.
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become (more…)
Do you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Here is a prayer to help you when facing such difficult circumstances.
Article written by Kelly Flaherty
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Prayer is a Christian’s direct line to God. By focusing and calling upon God in a time of need, a Christian develops a growing relationship with the Creator of the Universe. A common prayer in recovery for family members of those with chemical dependency is the Serenity Prayer. To breathe life into this common prayer, let’s examine it piece by piece: (more…)
Chemical dependency has certain common characteristics in all drug addicts and alcoholics. The abuse of alcohol or drugs will produce these characteristics in individual regardless of age, class of society, religion, intelligence level or geographical location. It does not discriminate.
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What is Chemical Dependency?
Chemical dependency is a physical addiction to mind and mood altering chemicals coupled with mental compulsion.
It includes all drug & alcohol addictions.
If left untreated, it will progress and can become fatal. The whole person needs to be addressed when one seeks recovery: body, soul and spirit.
What are the 5 characteristics common in all addicts?
1 – Compulsive Abuse: the drug addict can determine when to start using, but cannot determine when to stop. Feelings of euphoria and loss of will power become prevalent while the control over one’s ability to make the best decision become lost.
2 – Denial & Projection: both traits are defense mechanisms used by the addict. They can suppress reality, cover shame, have feeling of insecurity, etc. Projection unloads self-hatred onto others, thus make them not responsible.
3 – Alienation from God: As addicts seek to only get their drug of choice, they become self-centered. There is a false confidence in the substance, and not God. Morality become less important and ethics compromised.
4 – Isolation from True Self: the substance abuser can experience low self-value, shame, guilt, fear, loneliness, and begin to violate their own standards and convictions.
5 – Separation from Significant Others: they eventually place barriers between themselves and others to keep from being vulnerable to critics. They may express erratic behavior that no one wants to be around. Most think the drug addiction is not affecting anyone else.
Again, it does not matter your age, race, social status, intelligence, location, etc. Chemical dependency does not discriminate.
Mike Sorrentino, “The Situation”, sets an example for seeking Recovery from Prescription Opiate Painkillers
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino sets an example by seeking help to get out of his addiction to opiate prescription painkillers. After suffering from a dancing injury, he encountered back and neck pain. Doctors prescribed opiate painkillers for him to deal with the physical pain.
In a matter of weeks and a few months on the medication, he noticed how he could hardly get out of bed just to shower. It was in that moment he realized that he had a problem and needed to seek help. He knew that if he could not get out of bed, he would also have a problem working and taking care of his responsibilities. He feared that everything would be taken from him. While taking the drugs, Mike wasn’t being himself, not being the best he could be as a person. Even though the painkillers were prescribed by doctors, something went wrong and had to be fixed. He made a decision to seek help and followed through with that decision.
A link to his interview with Fox News can be seen and heard here: Interview with Mike Sorrentino, “The Situation”.
The above link is to the AACC’s blog sharing about the struggles that people go through during the Christmas season.
For some people this is a joyful time, but for others, it can be very stressful or even lonely. Take the time to read the above article from AACC and see if you have a tendency to fall into one of the categories of loneliness, financial concerns, family conflict, or just trying to “do it all”.
We are praying that you truly have a Merry Christmas. Remember, we do have the gift of Christ to celebrate and be thankful! “Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:34) .
Mark your calendar for September 29, 2012! We invite you to join us as we partner with Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse to recognize September as National Recovery Month.
Reach Recovery will have their own table set up to meet other people in the community. We plan to give away wrist bands to individuals in recovery to wear as a reminder to Live Free (our motto). The Coalition will provide music, awards, and gifts.