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    Recovery, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over Recovery, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

    Recovery, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Recovery, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Yogi Berra taught us all that it ain’t over til the fat lady sings!  The process of recovery has a similar final act. To the general public, the term “recovery” is seen as “someone who is trying to stop using alcohol or other drugs.” (NCADD)   It then follows that the process of recovery is accomplished when we stop using.  Achieving the thing we call sobriety. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently undertook to quantify what the process of recovery might look like.  Their work yielded this definition:  “Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals […]

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    You Know How I Am … You Know How I Am …

    You Know How I Am …

You Know How I Am …

An addicts prayer:  “God, help me to serve others, because, you know how I am.” Indeed, He does know how we are.  As addicts we share a common heritage of being concerned with ourselves first.  Our “I want what I want, when I want it,” mantra is never far from running our show.  The antidote we must take as often as we can is to serve others. Surprisingly, we often don’t realize how selfish and self centered we are.  Our addiction comes with a nice auxiliary package of blindness that helps us ignore that.  We very often think that we […]

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    Remember the Rose Remember the Rose

    Remember the Rose

Remember the Rose

The great American psychologist Albert Ellis once said, “Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it is conditional.” Indeed, the finding of a healthy self-esteem is the greatest mental health challenge many face in their lifetime. Individual worth (and the self-esteem that is harvested from it) is not situational and should not be established by comparison, evaluation or an individual’s last great or terrible accomplishment. Those are the conditional elements Ellis was referring to. They are often not within an individual’s control. “Life happens” as the street therapist would say. Russel Seigenberg, Ph.D., of Logan, Utah, […]

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    Make yourself available for recovery… Make yourself available for recovery…

    Make yourself available for recovery…

Make yourself available for recovery…

One of the requirements for recovery or the healing from an addiction, is that we make ourselves available for it. On the physical level, we have to be present for meetings, counseling, reading, all of the activities that help gain understanding and build skills.  AA’ers often take on the 90 meetings in 90 days commitment, putting themselves physically in the way of recovery, placing themselves in a place where recovery is known to occur.  They are then available for recovery. The concept makes sense, but many addicts find reasons to resist.  They avoid meetings because it will be embarrassing to […]

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    Winning the day… Winning the day…

    Winning the day…

Winning the day…

There is probably no more used and worn phrase in the recovery lexicon than “One day at a time.”  Yet seldom does a recovery discussion wander very far from it.  This one day we are living is where our recovery happens. Tomorrow is not real.  We can not heal there.  Not yet.  Our chance will come when we get there.  Don’t allow your mind to escape to a fantasy future that you script, it is not connected to reality. Yesterday has escaped us and remains unchangeable.  No new recovery can be gained by letting your mind live there. So this […]

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    I want what I want, when I want it…The Addict’s Mantra I want what I want, when I want it…The Addict’s Mantra

    I want what I want, when I want it…The Addict’s Mantra

I want what I want, when I want it…The Addict’s Mantra

An addict’s mantra is, “I want what I want when I want it,” and his or her emotion-based decision-making process is driven by it. The urge to use drugs has become stronger than the will to say “no,” and it results in the continual response of behavior based on placating self. Once addicts find themselves in full-blown addiction, they don’t concern themselves with the needs of others. They get lost in themselves and their gratification. Heavenly Father has a different model in mind for us. Elder James E. Faust said, “In this life we have to make many choices. Some […]

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    I was a God mocker… I was a God mocker…

    I was a God mocker…

I was a God mocker…

I used to be a God mocker. Galatians ch. 6 reads:  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. The fabrications we build in our mind that let us act out, are the very things that turn us into God mockers. We somehow come […]

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    Traveling the Addiction Recovery Highway Traveling the Addiction Recovery Highway

    Traveling the Addiction Recovery Highway

Traveling the Addiction Recovery Highway

This article, written by Roger was published last week on ksl.com. SALT LAKE CITY — Cunning … baffling … these are the words Bill W. used in Alcoholics Anonymous’ “Big Book” to describe the struggle finding recovery from alcoholism. The descriptors apply to all addictions and compulsive behaviors. The addicts’ behaviors and choices often defy logic and reason and consume the compassion and patience of loved ones at hyper-space speed. The confusion not only sustains the addiction but also deters recovery. Being able to quantify what recovery involves or looks like can be very useful for not only the addict […]

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    The Twelve Principles of Addiction Recovery The Twelve Principles of Addiction Recovery

    The Twelve Principles of Addiction Recovery

The Twelve Principles of Addiction Recovery

These 12 Principles of Addiction Recovery are taken from Russel Seigenberg’s Ph.D. Perfect Liberty II, A Guide to Freedom from Addiction. 1. Faith It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we can receive the power and knowledge to overcome addictions.  Addiction comes not from lack of willpower, but from emotional vulnerability and the conditioning effects of sin.  The Lord can be a pillar of strength and a fountain of wisdom as we demonstrate the humility to reach out to him.  Recognizing that one’s life is out of control and deciding to rely upon the Lord is the first step in the recovery process.  Ask, […]

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    I Wander Through the Stilly Night I Wander Through the Stilly Night

    I Wander Through the Stilly Night

I Wander Through the Stilly Night

I wander through the stilly night, when solitude is everywhere.  Alone beneath the starry light and yet I know that God is there.  I kneel upon the grass and pray, an answer comes without a voice.  It takes my burden all away and makes my aching heart rejoice. When I am filled with strong desire, and ask a boon of Him,  I see no miracle of living fire but what I ask flows into me.  And when the tempest rages high I feel no arm around me thrust,  But every storm goes rolling by when I repose in him by […]