Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV Addictive thinking can persist even after sobriety is achieved. Alcoholics Anonymous uses the term “dry drunk” to describe people who no longer drink but continue to think and behave in dysfunctional ways. This […]Read more "Recovery Meditation # 17"
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 If you pray for a miraculous healing, and I believe you should, remember that God sometimes prefers people to work through their problems rather than […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #16"
I am not going to let the NFL tell me that it is bad to make people with penises and testicles use men’s restrooms and people with vaginas and ovaries use the women’s restrooms. When did the NFL, that tolerates wife beating as a hobby for players, suddenly become the worlds moral police? I guess […]Read more "To Hell with the NFL"
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV It is good to have head knowledge about your addiction. This will help you learn to recognize when you are slipping into dysfunctional patterns of thought and help you to interrupt these patterns. It is also good to have […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #15"
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5 ESV The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 ESV The Bible clearly considers learning to be of importance. Part of addiction treatment is unlearning old dysfunctional patterns of […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #14"
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his ancestors. 2Chronicles 16:12-13 […]Read more "Recovery Meditation#13"
The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them. Didn’t a tree once make bitter water fit to drink, so that the Lord’s power might be known? (See Exodus 15.23-25*) He gave medical knowledge to human beings, so that we would praise him for the miracles he […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #12"
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 ESV He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 ESV Most people have heard about “bottoming out”. That is when an alcoholic or addict’s life is at its lowest point. They can sink no lower. Sometimes the […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #11"
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Psalm 45:4 Successful addiction treatment requires the patient to submit, to surrender and follow the instructions of their physicians and counselors. Most addicts have tried to do it […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #10"
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV _________________ The addict has the burden of their own recovery and the added burden of knowing that their children are at increased risk of developing addiction. The addict must first see […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #9"