September 13, 2018

Whether you attend a church service upstairs or a step meeting downstairs; whether you are most comfortable with the language of religion or the language of recovery; whether your basic text is the Big Book or the Bible; the 10 Commandments or the 12 Steps; whether you have a God or a Higher Power; and whether you seek sobriety or salvation; if you are diligent in your spiritual journey and thorough in seeking spiritual growth ~ whether through the church… Read more

August 30, 2018

Being helped by those you once helped and being ministered to by those to whom you once ministered ~ is a humbling and, often, extremely powerful and beautiful paradox. But not always. There is often shame, defeat and stigma associated with hard times and troubles. Who wants to openly admit to their church, for example, that their child is suffering from a substance use disorder? I entered my first church at 34 years old, looking for a deeper spiritual connection… Read more

August 22, 2018

I attended the funeral of an addict. His name was Kevin. He was our custodian. I had expected him to be at our Ash Wednesday evening church service. An hour before it was to start, I learned of his death and did not mention it to those in attendance because it had not yet been confirmed and I did not want to spread unfounded, sordid rumors. Kevin’s death lay heavy upon me, especially as we read the words, “ashes to… Read more

August 15, 2018

Jesus hung around with all sorts of street artists, tax collectors, lepers, persons with mental illness, healers, sex trade workers, followers, detractors, religious elites, thieves and even an occasional rich person. Undoubtedly, Jesus hung around with a few drunks and other drug addicts as well.   I mean, after all, the wedding guests at Cana wiped-out the wine bar before the ceremony even began; causing his mother to plead with him to turn the water into wine! Elsewhere, there is… Read more

August 10, 2018

This is the second piece in the blog series, “Spirituality Within Addiction & Recovery.” As the title implies, I believe addiction is inherently spiritual in nature and is a peculiar quest for wholeness. The “spirituality” referred to in the title may or may not include religion. And the “addiction” referred to in the title is not confined to alcoholism. On the day I write this, Friday, August 10, 2018 New York Newsday had an article banner stating, “more drivers in… Read more

July 26, 2018

Welcome to the first entry of this weekly blog series, “The Spirituality Within Addiction & Recovery.” As the title implies, I believe addiction is inherently spiritual in nature and is ultimately a quest for wholeness. Research, pharmacology, legislation, inpatient and outpatient treatment, mind and body centered therapy and other ways of addressing addiction are helpful ~ but whatever advances they may achieve ~ recovery is a daily reprieve based upon maintenance of a spiritual condition. The spirituality referenced in this… Read more

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