Hope & Restoration
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10 Ways to Have Fun in Recovery

July 9, 2020

The best part of sober fun? There’s zero chance of a hangover. Looking around pop culture, it can seem like fun is inextricably tied to drinking, partying, and even drug use. Once you’ve gone through treatment and are living in recovery, you realize that these activities might seem fun at the time, but they’re actually part of a pattern of self-destructive behavior.

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How To Overcome Addiction This Summer

July 7, 2020

Overcoming an addiction during the summer can seem daunting, but there’s truly no time like the present. If you’re struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol and are considering taking the next step, this blog will help you understand RCA’s programs designed to help you overcome your addiction and begin your life in recovery.

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Developing Patience: A Critical Skill for Addiction Recovery

July 2, 2020

Surely one of the lessons of the past few months in dealing with COVID-19 has been the value of developing patience.  In our Family & Friends meetings here at SMART, we often stress the importance of patience.  Why?  It’s because we recognize that it takes time for change to happen.  

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Can They Handle the Truth? How to Admit an Addiction to Your Spouse

June 30, 2020

Dave could hardly look his wife in the eyes anymore. His struggle was real, and it was intense. It was beyond daily – it was minute-by-minute. Yet, the thought of telling his wife that he was addicted to painkillers was nearly as crippling as the withdrawal he suffered when he didn’t take the pills.

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PTSD: A Risk Factor for Substance Abuse

June 25, 2020

Substance use disorders have clear connections to certain risk factors. One-well established link – and the subject of intensive research – is the link between post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. The presence of trauma is a clear risk factor for later substance abuse, and the use of substances to self-medicate make PTSD symptoms worse, leading to a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

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Treatment Based on a Meaningful Life

June 23, 2020

When people discover meaning in their life, it’s easier for them to stay sober.
The disease model of addiction says that substance use is a brain disease and that people who use substances addictively are powerless over their actions. However, not everyone believes that characterization of addiction. Treatment centers that reject the disease model take a unique approach to treating substance abuse.

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Addiction is a Family Disease

June 18, 2020

In my family, addiction is as commonplace as dishes in the sink or Sunday dinners. It’s in the way I was raised, the way my parents were raised. I don’t have anyone in my family who lives in active addiction right now, but I can see its effect across generations. Cyclical destruction occurs, and once it is stopped, it can take decades to rebuild.

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Five Ways to Jump Start Your Devotions

June 16, 2020

Spending meaningful time alone with God is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, but it is also one of the most difficult to sustain. Failure in this area, real or perceived, is common and is guilt inducing for most Christians. We give many different reasons for our struggle: it bores us, it discourages us, it’s work, we’re busy with the things we really have to do, and so on. But I suspect the vast majority of our problem boils down to some version of a simple truth: it doesn’t always feel good.

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Recovery and the Renewing of Your Mind

June 11, 2020

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 If there is one thing that is immediately clear for addicts getting sober, it’s that we need recovery, restoration and renewal in a lot of areas of our lives. Drinking, we are finding, was just a part of it, a symptom of a much bigger and more complex life problem. Though we may have accumulated a bit of sobriety, we still think and act like addicts and many of us still experience intense cravings.

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On Navigating Uncertainty

June 9, 2020

We must be willing to let go of everything to find what it is that is truly meant for us. We’re experiencing a great test of that right now, for everyone.
I know some people are getting really scared right now. As usual over the past three years, my reaction has been paradoxical to this.
Since November 2016, I’ve been checking off my late father’s bucket list and writing a book about it.

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