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Busy-ness manifests itself in many ways. Here are three of the most common:

Device Addiction
Deception
Distraction

This article explores the first one on the list…Device Addiction.

Here’s how Device Addication can unconsciously weave its way into your life, from my own experiences (and the experiences of my clients)…

24/7 Connectability…

Have you noticed that the World is getting a smaller place? We now have 24/7 connectability. I can contact my friends around the World instantly. The technology is amazing: it’s portable, flexible and easy to use and…everyone is connected! DANGER – Everyone is connected ALL the time!

There are lots of devices to help us keep in touch whilst going about our ‘business’: Mobile/Cell phones, lap tops, Blackberries, iPhones – to name a few! These devices help us to maintain our connectability and YES! they are very useful.

They can also hook us into busy-ness.

How?

We have potential information overload at our fingertips.
Technology can be addictive.

These devices can be invaluable, but we can unconsciously over use them. Here’s an example from my own experience:

I wanted to be really successful at my job. I used to believe that effort = success:

The longer I worked + The more effort I put in = Great Success

Surely a recipe for success because my superiors would think highly of me and I’d get promoted? Nope! It was actually a recipe for busy-ness and overwhelm!

I worked Monday to Friday every week. I used to keep my work phone ‘on’ over the weekend just in case… And sure enough, people started to call me or email me because I unwittingly taught them that is was okay to contact me because I’d be working! I set these expectations through my actions. All because I believed that effort = success.

Working at weekends soon became a habit. The more I did this – the more imposed it felt: I no longer had a choice, so I started to work longer hours as a result. Less time for my family, friends and myself. Having the technology enabled me to extend my working hours under the illusion that I was ‘getting a head’ both in my career and with my workload.

In reality, I was surviving and trying to keep up with my self imposed extended workloads!

Status and Massaging the Ego

We all like to feel needed and useful. We can sometimes unconsciously use technology to massage our ego and inflate its importance: to satisfy our neediness, to be liked, accepted and part of a group. When this is over-done, that’s when busy-ness creeps in because some of the following statements can become habitual:

How am I doing?
Let me check that you’re doing it right…
Do you still like me?
Do I look important enough?
Am I still popular?
Look how valuable/important I am everyone!
I’m still important

I sometimes train people who struggle to put their phones away because the have become so important to them (sometimes people are ‘on call’ which is fine). Delegates on workshops use a variety of different ways to conceal their Blackberries during training sessions so they can still check them!

During one workshop the whole group would collectively switch ‘on’ and check their blackberries in silence every break time! It’s interesting to watch the ‘Mexican wave’ of phone checking move through the group. Checking the phone actually became part of the group culture. Sometimes individual’s feel they have to check their phone to because everyone else is, even though they are not expecting to be contacted by anyone!

Obsession

Device addiction can cause obsessive behaviour. This is where someone is constantly checking their phone or lap top even when talking to friends, family or colleagues at work. It becomes an unconscious habit: One that is often noticeable and frustrating the the other person!

After all, it’s so easy to multi-task if you have an iPhone or Blackberry because you can check emails even when watching TV or whilst out dining with friends. We become hooked. We can’t put the phone down, because we have to constantly check and re-check. Here are a few examples:

Checking emails whilst talking to someone
Constantly texting whilst talking to someone
Answering every phone call – because you can, not because it’s more important that the friend you are spending time with
Constantly checking Twitter or Facebook (both are great tools but we can get hooked!)
Checking ‘stuff’ – nothing important it’s just ‘stuff’ but it’s there so I’ve got to check it!

I was recently coaching a woman who was overwhelmed with her working hours. She was struggling to manage her workloads because she hadn’t set any boundaries about work, which often leaked over into her personal time at the weekends. I call this work-extensions. She would regularly sleep with her Blackberry under the pillow and would check her emails during the night whenever she woke up (which became very frequent). This was a little frustrating for her partner, who would often wake up being blinded by the light, as she typed away on the key pad!

We sometimes become hooked because we forget to set clear boundaries and can’t let go or darn’t let go of our workloads. Work leaks into our leisure time and can ultimately affect our relationships and health.

Computer games can also be addictive. Have you ever lost a weekend to playing PSP or Wii? We label this as ‘escape’ time. Yet at the end of it we feel tired and exhausted, because we’ve been sucked in to addiction: ‘just 10 more minutes!’

Are you the person who says that they are just going to check their emails for half an hour and you re-appear four hours later after surfing the internet?

TV channel flicking can be another cause of device addiction. This is where we flick through hundreds of channels looking for something good to watch. When we get to end of the range, we begin at channel 1 again, because ‘surely there must be something worth watching now!’ Rinse and repeat!

Do you recognize any of these symptoms in your life?

What are YOU addicted to?

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Medical detox, also commonly referred to as medically supervised detox, is the first part of most substance abuse treatment. Detox is the process in which the body cleanses, or detoxifies itself of drugs and alcohol. To the addicted individual, detox can be an uncomfortable and sometimes painful experience due to the withdrawal symptoms associated with many drugs and alcohol. However, it is also important to note that the withdrawal from certain substances like alcohol and benzodiazepines can be physically dangerous, and in severe cases fatal. To ensure that someone safely and comfortably detoxes from drugs and alcohol, it should be done in a medically supervised setting because, in a phrase, medical detox can save your life.

Medical detox is intended to control and manage the severity of withdrawal symptoms under the close, watchful eyes of medical professionals, and usually lasts between three and ten days. During this process, patients have their vital signs monitored to ensure that they are not in physical danger. Vital signs commonly monitored include heart rate, core temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure and more. During detoxification, patients are often given prescription medication to help alleviate the physical symptoms of withdrawal and make patients more comfortable. Any medication that is administered is reduced daily so that upon discharge from the medical detox the patient is completely substance free.

A large reason so many addicts continue to abuse substances is to stave off the unpleasantries associated with withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when an individual stops using drugs or alcohol abruptly, either because they’re trying to quit or because they simply can’t get their hands on any. The severity of withdrawal symptoms will depend entirely on the particular substance abused, but can range from the more minor like anxiety, irritability, insomnia and headaches to the more worrisome like depression, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, tremors, convulsions, seizures, strokes and in certain cases can be fatal.

Many people wonder how quitting drinking or doing drugs can cause such detriment to the mind and body when you’re trying to do something healthy. Unfortunately, it’s just not as simple as trying to turn over a new leaf when you’ve allowed your body to grow dependent on drugs or alcohol, which is why medical detox is so important.

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Dual diagnosis is defined by Mental Health America as the condition of an individual who has both an alcohol or drug problem as well as an emotional/psychiatric problem like depression, anxiety disorders or an eating disorder to name a few. This may sound like a special case scenario but having a dual diagnosis is actually incredibly common. Over one third of all alcohol abusers are said to also suffer from a co-occurring mental health condition and an astounding one half of drug abusers are said to as well. Conversely, of all the individuals diagnosed as having a mental illness, almost 30 percent of them admit to abusing drugs or alcohol as well. After research found all of this crossover in the historically “separate” illnesses, the term dual diagnosis was coined and a new treatment approach was established.

Which Happens First, The Emotional Problem or The Substance Abuse?

After research kindly indicated that these illnesses were not happening independently of one another but were in fact related, traditional thinking prompts us to try and figure out which one caused the other, or which one came first at the very least. And this is where things became tricky. Linear thinking and modern science want us to believe that either the substance abuse or the mental illness came first, and naturally caused the other one to come about as a result of it. Unfortunately for the linear thinkers, there’s just no simple equation for how this plays out in the dual diagnosis sufferer.

In a large portion of the dual diagnosis population, often times the psychiatric problem is the one that rears its head first. A person struggling with a psychological problem like depression or an anxiety disorder for example is more likely to try and “self-medicate” themselves with drugs and alcohol in an attempt to even out. The more often the person tries to self-medicate their symptoms, the increasingly likely they are to develop a dependence on whatever substance they have been abusing. As soon as it does, they’ve now found themselves with a dual diagnosis.

In a slightly smaller portion of the dual diagnosis population, the addiction comes first. People with severe enough substance abuse problems can develop the symptoms of a psychiatric disorder including bouts of depression, hallucinations, fits of rage and in extreme cases even suicidal thoughts and attempts.

How Do You Treat A Dual Diagnosis

The primary thing that people do wrong when trying to treat an individual with a dual diagnosis is they’ll try to treat one of the illnesses at a time. The problem with this approach is that when dealing with a dual diagnosis the issues are co-occurring and therefore affect one another very much. That is why we recommend treating both illnesses simultaneously.

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Above the Influence is a national advertising campaign geared toward teens and young adults, their parents and caregivers, for the purpose of informing and arming youth to stand against negative influences and peer pressures, particularly as it pertains to drugs and alcohol. Above the Influence is a sub-campaign of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which falls under the leadership of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. So this is a national government-funded agenda to influence the attitudes and minds of today’s youth in a positive direction and away from substance abuse, using whatever means necessary.

To get the message out on a broad national and focused community level, Above the Influence has used commercials, videos, t-shirts, clothing, ads and other propaganda. You may remember one commercial several years ago comparing an egg frying to what happens when you take drugs, with the message, “This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” Another common message is “I am my anti-drug,” which aims to place more focus on youth pursuing their dreams and goals rather than following the crowd and going after drugs. The messages and imagery are sometimes controversial or intense to quickly get youth attention and create a lasting visual within their minds, but the agenda has for the most part been unsuccessful at curbing teen drug use.

Since the conception of this campaign, the federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars each year to advertise and test their efforts, and for several years didn’t see any noticeable changes in drug and alcohol use among teens and youth adults. Their dedication is praiseworthy, because there seems to be such a passion to dissuade youth from substance abuse that they haven’t given up and continue to pour funding into different plans and methods in hopes that they can make a dent in the youth drug and alcohol problem. Their findings show that repeatedly seeing ads that are against drug use inadvertently causes youth to want to try drugs, since it appears that everyone is doing them. Ads geared toward parents are the ones that appear to be working. These ads encourage parents to talk with their kids about drugs, to find other avenues for recreation, and to spend quality time with their kids. This seems to imply that the biggest determinant factor in the war against drugs is the parents. No matter how much outsiders try to influence a youth, parents carry much more influential power than anyone or anything. Findings also show that whatever appears to be popular, whether good or bad, is what gets young people’s attention.

Localized efforts, like the “Be Your Own Influence” campaigns in 2005 and 2006, reportedly did show some decline in marijuana use among young people in multiple communities throughout the U.S. The national message of “Above the Influence” ads also affected marijuana use in those same groups. So the messages are received in some instances, but the government hasn’t seen the success that they would like. As long as they continue to persist, more breakthroughs are on the way.

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Addiction can be psychological, physical, mental, spiritual and other. It is something to which I have become personally acquainted with on  many levels. I desire to bring this to you that you may understand and know, you are not alone. I fight an inner craving for the narcotic and if I have knowledge of it’s presents, and they are within my reach, I will take or steal them to get the feeling that these drugs offer.

I first became familiar with narcotics in 1996, just before I became licensed as a pastor. The physical problem I have is a condition known as “spondylitis”, which effects the lower lumbar and was caused from a childhood injury. I never had it looked at or repaired, as it didn’t become symptomatic until my mid forties. The first time I was given a narcotic, I felt like never wanting to return to reality. The pain from the condition I had was secondary to wanting the drugs. Eventually, over time, I became addicted. The drugs would run out, but than, whenever there was an incident that I needed pain killers, it all started again for me and I would be on them for as long as the doctor would provide. This happened more than I can count and each time, it was harder and harder to get off the drugs. Of course, no one knew about it, because I kept it my little secret.

There were times I would go to the prisons and would have to teach a class or give a sermon and I would be under the influence of pain killers. I carried on with life and the drugs were a part of who I was. From the time I started the day, until the day was done, I was on drugs. I was taking 5 times the prescribed amount and the doctor never questioned why I was going through so much. I didn’t feel guilty or question to myself that it was wrong. I rationalized the drug consumption to seriousness of my condition, which could have been taken care of with surgery easily, but I never considered that option, as I wanted the drugs.

The doctor eventually had to shut me off and that was when the world seemed to end. If you have ever become addicted to narcotics, you can’t understand the physical and emotional roller coaster that takes place to come off the addiction. It is a life changing experience, with the mind playing tricks and body sweats. You swear to yourself, once you are off, that you never want to go through that hell again. It never last though, and given the opportunity to take them again, you don’t hesitate for a split second. This is the mental addiction to the drug. You somehow justify it to yourself that you need them for some problem, even if you have to make something up, just to get that feeling one more time. It is a road that only the addicted can relate to and we all agree with the same emotional mind game that these drugs play on you.

I will never be freed from the mental addition of wanting narcotics. Just recently, my wife had major surgery to remove a large mass from one ovary. She came home with percocet, the addicts drug of choice. I can remember the trip my mind put me through, thinking of how I was going to enjoy taking them. She never knew that I took about 6 of them….from the first bottle. The second was different. She sent me up to the walmart to get them. I can remember that there were 15. When I got out to the truck, I opened up the sack, being careful not to rip it while taking out the staple. I took one and replaced the staple. A week later, when she was ready to start on the second bottle, she noticed one was missing, and I was discovered! I confessed to her my problem and addiction. Thankfully, I had not taken enough to experience the physical dependency, but the humiliation was bad enough. I was thankful that she found out, because I feel as though I am not in this battle alone. For Now, I believe I am done with drugs, but I can’t say for sure. Knowing my wife is there to help and that she knows not to leave any drugs around where I can find them is helpful. If I were to every have surgery or need pain killers, she will step up and let the doctors know about my dependency to them.

To the one out there who is battling with this problem, my heart and prayers go out to you. It seems as though, you will never wake up from the nightmare you live in. For your own sanities sake, you must realize that it can’t go on forever. To get caught was helpful for me, in that someone else is in this with me. To realize that you can make it with the help of others is powerful and may be just what you need to start the ball rolling, or in this case, to stop it from spinning. Take it from a friend. There are ways out, but you must take that first step and let someone know. Trust me, life will begin knew and fresh when you do.


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 My friend devoted much of his life to avoiding adversity, seeking always to find an perfect formula for personal fulfillment and success. Drinking, fatigue and pain were enemies to be out-smarted in order to accomplish his goals.

In his heart, he knew I was right, but he was afraid to admit it, and was afraid to leave behind his life’s philosophy, even though it took an ever-increasing toll on his physical and mental health. I worried about him, about us. But, I loved him and hoped for the best.

The end came quietly on June 31st 2008 after we shared a grueling 48hrs. I felt tired but renewed at the end. He had been unusually quiet and I was encouraged because he seemed more at peace than before. It happened as we rested together on a sofa in front of a blank TV, dripping with perspiration, shaking with the approaching horrors. No one called an ambulance. He just smiled and slipped away, leaving me alone in the twilight. I walked away to a better cleaner life. I knew we were both better for it because, you see, he was also me.

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The above short story is how I began to overcome the bonds of alcohol. Having the inner power to release the chains would not have been possible if it wasn’t the realisation that Mind body and Spirit are one. By being open to true awareness and listen not to “The Dark Side of my Ego” but the spiritual guidance of a silent mind. From within I found my true self to which I look for direction, not with a downhearted poor me attitude of days gone past, but with the internal spiritual freedom to overcome and move on to a wholeness that never gave up on me and sat patiently waiting for me to recognise something that had never left me, my true self.

 Thank you for listening

I awoke from dark place, no not enlightenment but an acceptance of who I am and what I had become. For the first time in my life I was not scared, nor was I acting out the smokescreen that had become my life. For years I just survived, I then began to heal, this in turn transformed my life, and then I learned how to live.I began to realize that anytime any part of my life energy is out of balance, it affected every aspect of my live and that caused a ripple effect that goes out and taints the space around me.  I can attest to the fact that the slightest imbalance can have significant effects on so many lives, bringing  balance back in to my life not only gave me peace but the peace and harmony emanated outwardsI learned that life is a precious gift, never to be taken for granted, not even for a moment.  I learned the importance of feeling good and being aware in each moment, and I learned how to live in the moment, to acknowledge awareness.  I took my passion and turned them into my life.http://healthlifemeditation.com/ This site is dedicated to helping you by giving you the answers you are looking for, so that you can become empowered, feel good again, and make your life into what you wish.  
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Drug Abuse Over Three Day Weekends And The Holidays

Most people associate three day weekends such as July 4th weekend, Labor Day and Christmas with family, fun and getting together. However, for many people drug abuse over these special days can be a big problem.

Christmas is the start of the count down for a new year, and to many people who are alone or depressed, all the season heralds is the end of yet another year in which they may have not achieved anything at all. Cold weather doesn’t help either, it may mean that people who are depressed or unhappy become confined and insulated from the outside world and may be tempted to turn to drugs for solace. Depressed people often sleep a lot and they may help that along by taking too many pills to help them sleep.

Teenagers are often left alone and unsupervised over the holidays, which means they may be visiting friends who are recreationally using drugs plus alcohol may also be readily available. Many adolescents cite boredom for a reason that they abuse drugs, especially over the holidays and school breaks.

For most folks the time referred to as “the holidays” here in the US extends from Thanksgiving to the New Year and can be a very stressful time. People are reconnecting with families, enjoying themselves and busy preparing for holiday meals and buying gifts. Unfortunately when someone is addicted to drugs and alcohol this period may be a time that results in increased abuse. Drunk driving accidents spike during this season and so do overdoses, suicides and increased numbers of domestic abuse cases. Illicit drugs are often found to be the cause in many of these situations and account for about one third of unnecessary suicides.

Families who have known drug abusers and those who are in recovery should keep them engaged and busy as much as possible. If possible treat them like everyone else in the family. Although an alcoholic may be more visible than a drug addict, drug addicts can cause just as many accidents on the road as those who have consumed too much alcohol. There is a danger that they may drive intoxicated over the holidays, try to have a designated driver on hand.

Many drug addicts just can’t handle the stress of the holidays for any number of reasons, so these people should never be left alone. Family and friends should share the responsibility of caring for a drug or alcohol abuser over the holidays, give them things to do but not so much that they get stressed, and try not to treat them any differently than they do the rest of the family. There are narcotics anonymous meetings during the holidas as these are difficult times for addicts. Encouraging this can be an important message.

It may be difficult, but someone who has a problem needs to be in a warm caring environment, so they are not tempted into drug abuse over the holidays. Rehab is often an important step as many people cannot control these behaviors on their own. This can be a time to have some genuine talks and help your loved one get help.
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Overcoming addictions to sex, drugs pornography & obsessions

   OVERCOMING ADDICTIONS TO SEX, DRUGS PORNOGRAPHY & OBSESSIONS

What do you do when you just can’t stop but want to? Is there a place you attend to help you stop? Are there people or someone who can help you confront your addiction successfully? Some say that where there is a will there is a way. Yet there are many who claim they really want to change but have great trouble changing. This article will give very timely information concerning addictions and obsessions.

If you are obsessed with anything then you are probably also addicted to it.

We’re going to use the name”Dominique” as our “addict”. Dominique is addicted (obsessed with tobacco). Dominique usually smokes an entire pack of cigarettes per day. Cigarette addiction is hard to overcome because nicotine is addictive. Anyone who makes money off their sales product wants products that are addictive. The buyers will keep returning and the sales revenue will only increase.

Let’s examine what Dominique does and thinks that leads to her cigarette addiction:

1) As soon as Dominique awakes she grabs a smoke. Sometimes she wakes up at night and grabs a smoke. She also takes walks at night as she enjoys smokes. Dominique talks with cigarettes, reads with cigarettes, watches tv with cigarettes and basically does everything with cigarettes.

2) Dominique never considers a time without smoking. If smoking is allowed then she’s doing it. If smoking is not allowed, she goes to where it is and continues to smoke.

Dennis is also very devoted to pornographic materials. When he is not able to read, listen to or view such he is often thinking about it. Dennis has been in many unfulfilled relationships. He loves the “fantasy high” of “smut”.

Jenny is a purger. She eats and throws up. She’ll eat again later and then throws up. Jenny is that very skinny female you see walking in the morning. As you watch her you wonder why she’s exercising as there is no weight to be lost. Jenny is addicted to being thin (in her mind). The reality is that Jenny needs to put on weight.

What is the common denominator between these three persons? Their mind (and emotions) are enslaved to their addictions.

Let’s offer helpful advice to anyone who is addicted (obsessed with) to something(s):

1) In Dominique’s case she has got to find something to greatly lessen the addiction of nicotine. If you are addicted to or obsessed with something, you must replace that “urge” with something else. This replacement willnot kill the urge but it will offer you some “release” from your cravings. This “release” will be the start of the cure or remedy from obsession(s) (addictions).

2) In many cases professional and qualified help may be needed. Some people will need to be monitored. Other people will need help reviewing their personal and family past. This “review” may help them understand why they have such cravings.

3) The obsessed person must be honest with themselves, honest with their counsellors, and greatly desirous of overcoming their addiction(s) (obsession).

Let’s examine Jenny. Jenny reluctantly agreed to make with a qualified counsellor. This process took quite some time with Jenny rebelling most of the way. They were able to get Jenny to fully swallow some food. There were many times of backsliding. In fact Jenny is still under professional care.

Dominique’s doctor placed her on a “drug” that killed the impact of nicotine. The doctor also encourage Dominique to do other things for diversions. Dominique eventually began to smoke “non tobacco” cigarettes. Her willpower is increasing and she hopes to be fully “free” of cigarettes with in nine months.

Two Christian preachers met Dennis. One was a single and very beautiful female. Dennis was immediately attracted to her. Dennis accepted a Bible study (hoping to see more of her). Dennis immediately realized that the more he showed interest in the “message” the more the female showed deeper interest in him. Dennis began to take the Bible study more seriously (although his motive for doing so was selfish and “sinful”). As Dennis began to really read the Bible scriptures and think about them (for better study answers) the Holy Ghost began to convict Dennis of his “hidden” sin(s). Dennis began to realize how “sick” his addiction was and how disrespectful he was to women, God and himself. Dennis prayed about it and knew what he had to do. He asked the male Christian if they two could study together. When the two met he confessed his sin with pornography and asked for help. The male Christian immediately prayed, left, researched information and returned with that Bible based information.

Dennis immediately threw all his “porn” out. He began to pray and study the Bible frequently (1 Thessalonians 5:16). He began to be very active in the religion. As he totally rejected the “ways” of this world (1 John 2:15-17) he began to give his body, mind, emotions, and everything about himself to God (Romans 12:1-5). Dennis truly became a “new man (person)” in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). There were times when “satan” placed temptation in Dennis’ life and mind, but Dennis pressed forward. He was smart enough to rely on God’s Tender Help and Mercies whenever he was tempted (1 John 1:7-10). Dennis was fortunately baptized in a good Church which accepted that “godly devotion” will have it “up and down” times (2 Timothy 6:6-7).

You may be wondering if Dennis “hooked up” with that Christian female. Actually he did not. She was already dating a Christian brother at that time. Dennis however did marry an older Christian woman from his Church. Dennis also became a telephone prayer warrior and counselor for a Christian evangelist ministry. Dennis helped many males and females overcome pornographic addictions. Praise God!

I truly believe that what God did for Dennis He can do for anyone with obsessions (addictions). The key is to bring our faults out in the light as the Truth will make us free (John 8:32; John 4:24). In the event that we backslide, we can always trust in our Heavenly Father to help us return to obedience (1 John 1:7-10).

So let’s review how God’s Holy Ghost helps us overcome our addictions/obsessions (sins):

1) Confess to yourself that you have a problem (sin) that displeases God

2) Confess your sins to God and immediately ask the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) to help you overcome your sin

3) Ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as Lord and Savior

4) Begin to pray more and get Christian information on your problems. Study this with out ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

5) Be sure to also personally study the Bible. It’s important that you know who you are in Jesus and the authority you have

6) Try to reduce as much of your worldly intakes and associations as possible. Replace it with God’s Way Of Doing Things

7) Pray regularly to Jesus Christ and ask the Holy Ghost to help you prevail against anything tempting or confronting you

8) Realize that Satan and his followers have a direct “input” to your thoughts. Trust God not your thoughts/feelings (Proverbs 3:5-6)

9) Regularly meet with God obeying Christians (Church). The more you’re around such people the more you will change

10) Remove your worldly personality and cultivate the Fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

11) Remove your worldly thoughts and only think about these things > (Philippians 4:8)

12) Put on the Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)

13) Put on the Mind of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:7-10)

14) Stay very active in Christian activities. If you have to use the Internet to do this then do it that way

15) Rely on Father God’s Love when you er or have issues/concerns (1 John 1:7-10)

In my opinion the Holy Ghost is the greates Counselor which helps us overcome our sins, obsessions and addictions. Hopefully you and I will reach out to the Holy Ghost to receive true deliverance from any and all vices.

This article can be freely edited and distributed as long as credit is given to its author (Gary Colin).

Gary Colin is Author of, “Bible Symbolism What It Means To Your Salvation (ISBN 1-4241-0152-2)”  Gary Colin is also the Host of the “Lighter In Jesus” Radio Show. Listen To The “Lighter In Jesus” Show On LIFT FM 98.5 http://www.lift985.com  During These Days And Times:Sun and Tues: 7:30 PMMon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat 5 AM”Lighter In Jesus” is a listener supported radio programgat.cole@yahoo.com 
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A.A. History or A.A. Mystery

A.A. History or A.A. Mystery

A Series with Answers

 

Dick B.

© 2011 Anonymous. All
rights reserved

 

A.A.’s own resources:

 

A.A.’s Pamphlet P-53 reports  the complete talk Dr. Bob gave at his last
major address in 1948, emphasizing A.A.’s roots in the Bible—Jesus’ Sermon on
the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, and 7), the Book of James, and 1 Corinthians  13.

 

Bill W. wrote some “fragments” that
became available in Alcoholics Anonymous
Comes of Age ( 1957), and, in an article published in The Language of the Heart: Bill W.’s Grapevine Writings, Bill
sketched out the source of the 12 Steps as Dr. William D.

Silkworth, Professor William James,
and Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.

 

It was not until the 1980′s that
A.A. published DR. BOB and the Good
Oldtimers (1980)

which recorded the Original A.A.
program in Akron
(from 1935-1938); and not until 1984 that A.A. published “Pass It On” –  a partial
biography of Bill’s life with most of Bill Wilson’s shortcomings frankly
conceded.

 

What was missing:

 

            There was
no complete, accurate, or informative material on the Christian upbringing of

Dr. Bob in Vermont. There was no complete, accurate, or
informative material on Bill W.’s Christian upbringing in Vermont Nor on the solution that Dr.
Silkworth gave Bill—the cure through Jesus Christ. Nor Ebby Thacher’s new birth
at Calvary Mission Nor Bill’s decision for Jesus Christ at Calvary Mission. Nor
his original witnessing with a Bible under his arm and his testimony that the
Lord had cured him of his terrible disease.

 

There was no mention of Bill W.’s
autobiography which lay dormant in Stepping Stones for years and years.

 

It took a bid at auction for
slightly less than one million dollars to result in Hazelden’s publication in
2010 of the drastically changed printer’s manuscript of the First Edition

of Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

There was no publication for years
and years of anything accurate about the personal

Journal that Dr. Bob’s wife Anne
Ripley Smith had kept from 1933 to 1939, which

laid out the basic principles of
the A.A. program, and from which she shared each morning at the Smith home in Akron with pioneer AAs
and their families.

 

There was no significant
information published about the excellent training that Dr. Bob said he had had
in the Bible as a youth. There was no significant information published about
Bill’s Bible study with his grandfather and with his friend, or the four-year
Bible study Bill undertook at Burr and Burton
Academy inManchester,Vermont.

There was no adequate report on the
many Christian conversions and cures that Professor William James recorded in
his Varieties of Religious Experience
that both Dr. Bob and Bill owned and studied.

 

There was no adequate report for
years and years on the prescription of conversion as a cure for alcoholism that
Dr. Carl G. Jung prescribed before A.A. was founded. And that Dr. William D.
Silkworth had specifically mentioned to Bill Wilson on Bill’s third visit to Towns Hospital
as a patient.

 

There was no report or
documentation of the twenty-eight Oxford Group principles that so strongly
influenced Bill W.’s writing in the Big Book and Twelve Steps.

 

There was no public report of the “Bedford” Manuscript that
Bill dictated to Ed B. in the 1950′s when Bill recorded a version of A.A.
history that was later used by Robert Thomsen (Bill’s first biographer) and
even by the authors of “Pass It On” – but no apparent or recognizable opportunity
for the public to see and analyze the report itself

 

There was no report of the hundreds
of articles in newspapers and magazines and even books where early AAs told how
they had been “cured” of alcoholism. And eventually

A.A. literature (except for page
191 of later Big Book editions) simply obliterated the idea that alcoholism
could be cured, that Bill Wilson had said so, but and had also specifically
attributed the cure to Jesus Christ in a story aboutCleveland that has

now been removed from the Third
Edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous.”

 

There has been no presentation of
the more than 400 pages of Big Book manuscript materials – containing Christian
and biblical materials – that were discarded before the Big Book manuscript was
published. And there has been no presentation of the “dogma” that Bill wrote
had been learned from the churches and missions that had helped AAs.

 

The price paid and the mystery created by the omissions

 

Writers put out books like
“Not-God,” “Slaying the Dragon,” biographies of Bill, and reflections by
hundreds of later A.A. members on what A.A. had given them or not given them in
the way of “spiritual experiences” or “Something saves” if they even
acknowledged the existence of such novel recovery interpretations..

 

The “solution” that had made Bill
and A.A. famous—Bill’s own story of conversion to God through Jesus Christ and
called a “spiritual experience” was changed to speak of a “spiritual awakening”
and finally a “personality change.”

 

Every mention of the Bible was
omitted from the Big Book main text.

 

Every meaningful mention of Jesus
Christ was omitted from the Big Book main text.

 

Significant mention of God as Creator,
Maker, Heavenly Father, and Father was mixed with Bill W.’s self-made “Czar of
the Heavens,” “Universal Mind,” “Spirit of Nature,” and “Creative
Intelligence,” and other human appellations seemingly derived from New Thought
writers.

 

A few dogged anti-A.A. Christian
writers began publishing untruths about A.A. and

Spiritualism, A.A. and
“spirituality,” A.A. as being “spiritual but not religious,” A.A. and Masonry, and
absurd names for “a god” like higher power, light bulb, radiator, chair, table,
Gertrude, Ralph, Santa Claus, the Great Pumpkin, and Something.

 

A few A.A. apologists began trying
to equate the biblical roots and expressions of early A.A. with Bible verses
the mention of which in early A.A. was simply not documented.

 

A large number of AAs and the A.A.
hierarchy began pushing the idea that one didn’t need to believe in anything at
all in order to recover in the A.A. program.

 

A.A. Traditions and A.A.
“Conference Approved” barriers were manufactured by people in the rooms to bar
books, to suppress mention of the Bible and Jesus Christ, and even to exclude
from recognition those groups that studied the biblical and Christian roots of
A.A.

 

The “wisdom of the rooms” with its
psychobabble and self-made religion gained much more usage by members than the
Bible verses and Christian ideas that dominated the early A.A. of Akron.
Phrases like “this too shall pass,” “turn it over,” “acceptance is the answer,”
“just play with the cards that are dealt you,” “don’t drink and go to
meetings,” and “go to meetings – go to meetings – go to meetings” predominated
over reading the Bible, having Quiet Times, holding prayer meetings, affirming
belief in Almighty God, accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and talking
about “religion.”

 

Worship of some “higher power”
began to be widely accepted as a remedy instead of being rejected or ignored as
an “absurd name for God” which Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. had warned against
in A.A. conferences and literature.

 

The possibility that someone could
and can be a participant in a 12 Step or A.A. program or fellowship and still
be a Christian caused some writers to concoct interpretations of the Bible and
fearful condemnations of those who dared to be Christian and A.A.

 

A.A. History or A.A. Mystery?

 

One who is an AA and Christian is
often left with several misunderstood or seemingly unacceptable choices: (1)
Believe the “wisdom of the rooms.” (2) Misuse A.A. tools like
“Conference-approved” and the “Traditions” to suppress reading and meeting
talk. (3) Read the volumes of later published literature promoting A.A. as a
“broad highway,” a place where those of any belief or no belief could flourish
in their discussions of A.A. and its Steps. (4) See himself vocally and in
writing condemned for expressing his views about God, Jesus Christ, Holy
Spirit, the Bible, religion, and church.

God has not left A.A. Nor has the
Christian history of A.A. disappeared. Jesus Christ has not vanished from the
beliefs of thousands and thousands of AAs. The Bible has not been burned—as
with Nazi German and other historically reported book-burnings. Idolatry has
not been acclaimed by Christians. “Higher Powers” are not proven vehicles of
healing or understanding or worship or belief. They are bogus crutches for
those who have heard and believed a rumor, “forgotten where they came from” and
never learned how it is that the original believing AAs (40 in number) had a
75% success rate—which is far far far from the success rates of those in A.A.
who don’t believe or those who rely on frequent rotating “rehabs” and
“treatment” programs.

 

The “mystery” perhaps is just how long the perpetrator of
unbelief, the victims of unbelief, and the publishers of unbelief will continue
to dilute and perhaps even destroy the desperate hopes for healing, outcries for
help, and solid reliance on God that still cause the formula to be published in
A.A.’s Big Book – “God could and could if He were sought.”

Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Author of 42 published books and more than 650 articles on A.A. history and the history of the Christian Recovery Movement
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Alcohol Intervention Steps

The alcoholic is often so entrenched in their behavior that they are resistant to alcohol intervention.  And yet, the longer the alcoholic is allowed to continue in their destructive behavior, the harder it is to be successful in alcohol intervention and the more health problems the alcoholic has.  There are several steps to alcohol intervention you should consider before getting the person into treatment.

The alcoholic will not seek out an alcohol intervention and treatment program on their own as a rule.  You need to find a program that takes the alcoholic’s insurance and that has openings for your alcoholic.  Find out if the program has an interventionist or if they know of a good interventionist you can use for the actual alcohol intervention.  Sometimes it is neede

Talk to the interventionist about your particular issues with the alcoholic in your life.  With the interventionist’s help, you can plan a successful intervention that can convince the alcoholic that alcohol intervention is the only way to go.  Then you need to get the alcoholic to agree to alcohol treatment and preferably to go into treatment right away. 

Take the alcoholic into treatment.  There they can successfully detoxify from alcohol and begin alcohol intervention and rehab.  The goal of rehab is to keep the alcoholic dry long enough to learn other coping skills and to realize that alcohol is not the way to take care of one’s problems.  Rehab from alcohol usually takes about thirty days but can be longer, depending on how well the alcohol intervention is going. 

Finally, the alcoholic is supported in aftercare.  The family should be as supportive as possible and should allow the alcoholic time to attend aftercare programs and Alcoholics Anonymous.  These programs allow for the alcoholic to re-enter a normal life again and to get by on the outside without having a relapse.  If a relapse happens, then alcohol intervention should begin again.  Sometimes it takes many tries at alcohol intervention in order to get an alcoholic sober over the long haul. 

The alcoholic most successful at alcohol intervention has a great deal of support from friends and family, still has their job available to them and recognizes that alcohol has had a negative impact on their life.  They quickly see in alcohol intervention programs that treatment is necessary and enter a qualified alcohol treatment program as soon as the alcohol intervention takes place.  Anyone can agree to enter treatment but only the strongest survive the treatment in order to become sober individuals again.  

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