Category: Addiction

Daily choices reflect my recovery

By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.  ~ Alma 37:8 ~ I met a gentleman a few months ago. We both were taking public transportation and we engaged in an interesting conversation. The main take away of this conversation focused on his personal belief around choices. I recall him saying, "Decisions, ...

Family relationships

See that ye love one another....learn to impart one to another ~ Doctrine and Covenants 88:123 ~ As we continue our journey through recovery, standing a little taller each day, we come to realize that part of our recovery is to restore family relationships. Because of our active substance use, we want to rely on ...

Faith overcomes

The greatest enemy to one's sobriety and recovery is this: Fear of our inadequacies to overcome obstacles and challenges we may face. Our greatest ally is faith in our higher power where we draw confidence and strength to face our obstacles and challenges. 

The nature of addiction as a disease of choice

The debate continues as to whether or not Substance use Disorder (or addiction / dependence) is to be considered a disease. On the one side, individuals claim that substance use is a behavior. Since it is a behavior, it is therefore possible to consider that it is a choice. On the other side, there are ...

A sense of peace in recovery

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another ~ Romans 14:19, KJV All of us who come to the gate of recovery also come to face the reality of how destructive our lifestyle, while under the enslavement of our substance use, became. We deal with the ...

Does a 12-step based recovery program work?

There appears to be some aversion to attending, participating in, and following the 12-steps of sober support meetings. The underlying question: does a 12-step program help people achieve sobriety? In Chapter 2, of the second edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we read the following introductory statement: WE, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands ...

Nature of Substance Use Disorder and Social Responsibility

Within the past year, we have heard stories from social media, news outlets, and ongoing conversations around the rise of the opioid crisis. Reading through the various commentary, there is a noticeable trend of individuals caught up in emotional responses. Yet, as a society, do we fully comprehend the nature of addiction and how individuals ...

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in American Society is imperative

What we do know is this: Substance use disorder creates a stronghold that prevents individuals from living productive and healthy lives. For this reason, "Substance misuse is a major public health challenge and priority for our nation" (Sylvia Matthews Burwell - Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services). Since this has become a major public health challenge, there is overwhelming evidence that supports policies and programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and sustained recovery (Burwell). What is leading this evidence is our advanced "...understanding of substance use..." as a "...chronic neurological disorder" (Burwell). A focused goal comes out of the report as the aligning of mainstream health care and substance use disorder treatment in order to address the overall health and wellness of an individual. 

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