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Religion and Recovery

Better Day: Faith Shorts Finalist

Nathan Thomas | Posted 01.22.2013 | Religion
Nathan  Thomas

This film is the inspirational story of Daniel Paikea, who as a teenager became involved in drugs as a result of abuse he suffered in his former years. He managed to turn his life around through his faith.

How A Former Addict's Relationship With Her Son Was Restored

Stanice Anderson | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

I know that if I did not try to make it right with Michael, I would not stay clean and probably die a slow, painful, and humiliating death. I would as I called it, "misery away."

Removing The Anesthesia: A Reflection On Step 6

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

We can't and shouldn't demand perfection of ourselves, but we must always keep moving ahead, challenging ourselves to move past our personal zones of comfort.

The Serenity Prayer's Journey From Wartime To Recovery

Gina Ryder | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion

If you are looking for it, the Serenity Prayer is everywhere. The words to the familiar prayer are: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things...

What Jennifer Aniston May Not Know About Ayahuasca

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Talat Phillips

Whether or not you believe in energy, sacred healings or intervening spirits, one thing is for sure: If you enter an ayahuasca experience without the proper care, the joke will likely be on you.

Didn't We Almost Have It All: Our Search For Happiness And Fulfillment

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

Unfortunately, Whitney Houston was just one in a long list of talented Americans who have died in the past several decades due to some connection with drug abuse. What is it that makes so many people among us seek a substance?

Why Rituals Matter After Disaster

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Emotional and spiritual care is just about celebration as much is it is about mourning loss and change.

Step Four: Letting Go to Let in God's Light and Love

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

In clearing away our own baggage, our ego, our obsession with self, we can open ourselves to God's power to work wonders in us.

Acceptance, Awareness, Action: Preparing For Step Four

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

There are three guiding concepts on the pathway to freedom from addiction: Awareness, Acceptance and Action. All are made possible through God's grace.

The Third Step: "An Unknown God" As Higher Power

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

By opening ourselves to the possibility of God and then the possibility of God's help in the Third Step, we open the door to an incredible journey of personal growth and discovery.

The 'Best' Disaster Training

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

CPE is described as helping the patient find meaning in their illness or injury, and process the feelings that, in itself, becomes therapeutic.

The Freedom Of Imperfection

Kevin Griffin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

When we make amends, we begin to see the freedom of non-attachment and to see ourselves in more generic terms: as humans, prone to error, but doing our best.

What I'll Say on Sunday: Hurricanes And Theology From A Preacher In Vermont

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

A week later, I'm sitting here trying to figure out what to say on Sunday morning. Ministers are in this unique position where, even in the midst of a natural disaster, we have fifteen uninterrupted minutes to talk on Sundays. No one gets fifteen minutes in a crisis. This is not lost on me.

We Came To Believe: Step Two On The Recovery Journey

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

People in recovery joke that in sobriety they "get their brains back." God helps us not only to become sober and stay sober, but also restores us to sane and sensible thinking.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: Overcoming Our Addictions

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The break from our daily routine enables us to see how much we actually rely on our addictions to get through the day and then decide whether we want to use the opportunity to overcome them or let them stay with us.

In Our Weakness Is Our Strength

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

Christian fellowship empowers us to open the doorways and windows of our hearts, minds and souls, letting God's love and light flood into our lives. As in recovery, we let go and let God turn our weakness into strength.

The Doubled-Edged Sword Of Religion And Alcoholism

David Briggs | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

The strong norms against alcohol abuse, particularly in conservative congregations, might deter a lot of people from admitting they have a problem and seeking help.