Hope & Restoration
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On Self-Control

December 3, 2020

‘Self-control’ is:
a) what you build up, develop, create, learn by controlling your behavior repeatedly – regard self-control as a skill; b) NOT a THING you have [or don’t have] that lets you control your behavior [or not].

When some one says:
‘I have no self-control over my drinking,’ or whatever, I can ask:
‘Are you well practiced at resisting urges or opportunities to use.’

The answer is
‘no’. This person is well practiced in giving in to those urges and opportunities.

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Four Reasons for Addictions

December 1, 2020

So many things in life seem relatively straightforward on our first pass. Later we discover that there is more to it. For example, at first, all deciduous trees seem to look alike—tall and leafy. Gradually though, our eyes can tell the difference between oaks, maples, poplar and ash. Finer discriminations come over time. We could also do the same with fear, anger, bipolar . . . almost any category. And we can do it with addictions.

On our first pass, addictions are lusts. They are out-of-control desires that usually hurt the addict and anyone else who is close by. But if we spend enough time with addicts we might notice subgroups within addictions, and though lust applies to them all, there are other biblical approaches that could be even more suitable.

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Thanksgiving and the Problem of Instant Gratification

November 24, 2020

Somehow Thanksgiving, our holiday of gratitude, has morphed into a gluttonous melee of over-indulgence and excess. If there is ever a time to practice coping with urges, resisting temptations, and moderate indulging, it is amidst the relentless onslaught of food and drink offerings that we are bombarded with throughout the celebratory festivities of November’s fourth Thursday.

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What Does It Cost to Be a Drug Addict?

November 19, 2020

Drug addiction is one of the most expensive lifestyles on the planet. Many drug addicts who are heavily addicted find that they’re spending more than a hundred dollars a day on the drugs that they need. Some users spend significantly more than that.

However, it’s not just the financial aspect of drug addiction that can be considerably expensive. Drug addicts also pay for their habits with their friends, their families, their homes, and sometimes even their lives.

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Tips for Battling Relapse Over the Holidays

November 17, 2020

We are in the thick of the holiday season, and while this should be a joyful and celebratory time, it can be challenging for those of us trying to maintain our sobriety.  But, dealing with an addiction doesn’t have to ruin your holiday fun.  We’ve come up with seven tips to help keep you on the right track all the way through New Year’s Day.

Play the Tape All the Way Through.

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How Drugs Affect The Brain

November 12, 2020

With opioids becoming more of a devastating, national epidemic, more people are probably wondering how drugs affect the brain. What is the effect of consistent use? How does your brain react to drug or alcohol abuse?

These are all critical questions worth a look.

This PSA of the 1980s was effective in that it made an impression in peoples’ minds. But it didn’t explain the inner workings of what actually happens to your brain when you take drugs, because, let’s be honest — an image of an egg frying in a pan isn’t exactly accurate. It’s a lot more complicated than a sizzling breakfast.

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6 Common Family Roles in an Addicted Household

November 10, 2020

We all know that substance abuse is a family disease – it not only affects the user, but the whole family, as well.

Living under the same roof with someone who’s dependant on alcohol, family members must navigate and endure the chaotic world of addiction, ultimately adopting coping strategies that can create lasting negative effects.

What’s Your Role?

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The Importance of Urgency – Don’t Wait to Start Addiction Treatment

November 5, 2020

Drug and alcohol addiction are powerful diseases that should not be taken for granted as they can completely overtake both the body and mind. Addiction can happen to anyone. There’s a reason addiction is characterized as a chronic disease, it is influenced by genetics, it can be treated but not cured, and addiction has both medical and behavioral components, just like every other chronic medical illness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that once abuse has begun, the brain’s structure and function are altered, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased.

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Accepting Help as a High-Functioning Addict

November 3, 2020

When things are still holding together, it can be hard to admit you need treatment.

When you’re a high-functioning addict, it can be easy to deny your disease. After all, things aren’t falling apart. You still have your job, your family, your nice house — from the outside everything looks great. Maybe you’ve wondered if you’re drinking a bit too much, or you spouse has said something along those lines. That might be enough to get you into treatment, but to really better your life you need to accept your disease in order to change.

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3 Simple Gratitude Practices to Incorporate Into Your Recovery

October 29, 2020

It can be tempting to think that once you receive treatment for an alcohol or substance use disorder, you’re cured. However, as most people in recovery will tell you, maintaining long-term sobriety takes consistent dedication and effort. One of the things that can help make the process easier (and ultimately more rewarding) is to incorporate a gratitude practice into your daily routine. In fact, studies show that people who practice gratitude consistently reap a host a physical, psychological, and social benefits, including lower blood pressure, higher levels of happiness, and reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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