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The Illusion that Alcohol is Ok for a Drug Addict

The Illusion that Alcohol is Ok for a Drug Addict

Time and time again I hear people saying, “well he/she has a drug problem, but I’m sure they can have a drink every now and then”, or “I had a problem with drugs, not alcohol.” This is a scary and slippery slope. I feel it is very important for the individual seeking...

Finding God Saved Me From My Addiction

Finding God Saved Me From My Addiction

I’ve struggled with addiction my entire adult life. While going in and out of rehabs became a norm for me, facing the consequences of drug use was never enough for me to learn. Until finally, enough was enough! Although I have very loving and successful parents, there...

Addiction As A Family Disease

Addiction As A Family Disease

Addiction is often thought of as a disease that affects a single person – the one who is dependent on and is unable to break free from a chemical substance. This is an understandable misconception. The life of the person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol becomes...

Media, Youth and Addiction

Media, Youth and Addiction

Media has an influence on adolescents. The question is: is the influence positive or negative? As society seeks to find answers to the rise in adolescent addiction, a 2013 survey by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (2015) 22.6% of all teenagers reported using an...

From Caterpillars to Butterflies

From Caterpillars to Butterflies

My last blog talked about the importance of feelings in the formation of chemical addiction, more specifically how the suppression or inability to express emotions in a healthy way often causes people to seek unhealthy outlets for these feelings. At Genesis Recovery...

Unresolved Feelings and Suppressed Emotions in Addiction

Unresolved Feelings and Suppressed Emotions in Addiction

In the recovery world, addiction is viewed as a complex disease that affects every aspect of a person's life, damaging and eventually destroying the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual parts of it. But what about feelings? What is it that originally causes...

Can I Smoke Marijuana In Recovery?

Can I Smoke Marijuana In Recovery?

"Marijuana maintenance" is what it is called and for the REAL alcoholic or addict, it can be deadly. The disease of addiction has a three-fold facet: physical, mental and spiritual. According to the book of Alcoholics Anonymous the mental obsession is classified as:...

Dinosaur Wisdom

Dinosaur Wisdom

In retrospect, some of the things I learned in early recovery still make good sense to me today - particularly, a few of the common clichés that were often said by the old timers (aka dinosaurs). The dinosaurs of the fellowship are those with 20+ years of recovery,...