Life’s a Book; You Can Write the Next Chapter Yourself.

Addiction is NOT a disease — and we’re treating addicts incorrectly

We all know addiction is a disease(no way). It has been so classified by all the authoritative sources. The American Medical Association labeled alcoholism an “illness” back in 1967.

The Centers for Disease Control, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and Alcoholics Anonymous urge us to think of alcohol and drug addiction as diseases.

Great minds such as Oprah Winfrey, Russell Brand and Joe Biden agree: the then-senator even introduced a bill in 2007 called the “Recognizing Addiction as a Disease Act.” (It never came up for a vote.)

The disease theory has powerful forces behind it, has money behind it. Perhaps most important, it has a comforting thought behind it. Hey, it could happen to anyone. You’re not a morally flawed individual if you catch the flu, are you? We don’t think of people with autism, “They could beat it if they tried.”

“To reject the disease label is not to demote addiction, nor is it to diminish sympathy for the addict’s plight.”

Addiction-as-disease is in some ways a thoroughly American idea. It ties together how we approach medicine (with a precisely defined target and a definitive program to fight it) and our proudly tolerant spirit in which being judgmental is seen as a kind of vice. Plus it opens up profit opportunities from sea to shining sea.

If addiction is a disease, though, why do most addictions end spontaneously, without treatment? Why did some 75% of heroin-addicted Vietnam vets kick the drug when they returned home?

It’s hard to picture a brain disease such as schizophrenia simply going away because someone decided not be schizophrenic anymore.

Addiction is not a disease. It’s simply a nasty habit, says neuroscientist Dr. Marc Lewis, himself a longtime addict and professor of developmental psychology, in his new book, “The Biology of Desire.”

‘Exercise of the will’

Framing addiction as a disease seems like a concept perfectly suited to our times, and yet it reaches back to Aristotle. In 1913, during an era of heavy use of opiates, a book on narcotics urged doctors not to use the word “habit” because “habit implies something that can be corrected by exercise of the will…This is not true of narcotic disease, therefore it is not a mere habit and should not be spoken of as such.

“The man who is addicted to a narcotic drug is as truly a diseased man as one who has typhoid fever or pneumonia.”

In the 1950s, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous helped advance this line of thinking by calling addiction a “malady” and physical sensitivity to alcohol an “allergy.” Twelve-step groups who are rigid about the disease theory require members to adhere equally rigidly to the prescribed treatment at the risk of expulsion from the group. At times this means intolerance for individual difference and turning a blind eye to epidemiological data.

For instance, AA teaches that any use of alcohol is likely to lead to a relapse into problem drinking, but in fact there are many recovered alcoholics who return to controlled, moderate social drinking. AA’s approach isn’t right for everyone, Lewis points out.

Even worse, AA is especially fervent about instilling in members the idea that they are powerless over alcohol. This is the opposite of teaching addicts to seize control of the future. “Most former addicts,” notes Lewis, “claim that empowerment, not powerlessness, was essential to them, especially in the latter stages of their recovery.”

He adds that people with excellent reasons to feel generally powerless in life, including minorities, women, the poor and those with especially dismal family histories, are the ones most in need of reconceiving themselves as empowered individuals.

“It’s an open question,” Lewis says, “whether the disease nomenclature, partially absorbed into the AA mainstream, has alienated more members than it’s helped.”

It may be that “exercise of the will” sounds unsatisfying simple, a too-easy solution to what can be a monstrous problem. It also causes friction with a culture that extols technical knowledge — the expert-ocracy.

Reliance on experts is supported by both supply and demand sides: As customers, we love to think that if we have a particularly nasty problem, there is someone out there who knows exactly what to do. And the $35 billion addiction-treatment industry is happy to take your money to help.

Very bad habits

Proponents of the disease theory have one talking point that they love to repeat before they hurry to change the subject: Addiction changes the structure of the brain.

This may be enough to convince non-specialists, but to experts in the field the claim that altered brain structure proves the presence of disease sounds ludicrous. The brain is a plastic organ. It changes when you age. It changes when you learn a new language or a musical instrument. It changes when you fall in love. It changes when you have children. It even changes the third time you hear your boss make a dismissive comment and you start to conclude, “This guy’s a jerk.”

The brain is continuously reshaping its neural networks. It’s like the Manhattan streetscape: Some are always under construction.

“To say that addiction changes the brain is really just saying that some powerful experience, probably occurring over and over, forges new synaptic configurations that settle into habits,” writes Lewis, who was a drug addict through most of his 20s. “Addiction may be a frightful, devastating and insidious process of change in our habits and our synaptic patterning. But that doesn’t make it a disease.”

Are we quibbling over mere word choice, though — synaptic semantics?

No, because how we see addiction is critical to how we treat it. Lewis isn’t suggesting telling addicts, “It’s all in your head. Get over it.” But he views the mushrooming of rehab centers with unease: If these businesses actually succeeded in “curing” everybody, they’d have to shut down. Calling addiction a disease is meant in part to emphasize the seriousness of being in thrall to drugs or alcohol, to elevate it to the level of a noble battle with cancer.

To reject the disease label is not to demote addiction, nor is it to diminish sympathy for the addict’s plight.

“The severe consequences of addiction,” writes Lewis, “don’t make it a disease, any more than the severe consequences of violence make violence a disease, or the severe consequences of racism make racism a disease, or the folly of loving thy neighbor’s wife makes infidelity a disease. What they make it is a very bad habit.”

Rewriting your brain

Lewis delves into case studies of addicts to illustrate different strategies people use to free themselves. “Natalie,” for instance, was a nice, middle-class student at a liberal-arts college who gradually sank into a swamp of heroin.

She started on typical college drugs — pot, magic mushrooms, ecstasy. But she found opiates like OxyContin to be a big step up in satisfaction: “They didn’t pitch you into a colorful fairyland, the way mushrooms and acid did. Instead they wrapped you in a stocking of inner peace, utter relaxation. Not the kind of sedation you’d get from a tranquilizer, but something subtler and yet more potent . . . Some misty layer of anxiety was always floating above the surface of things. Until opiates took it away.”

“Natalie” turned to heroin because it was cheaper than pills, first snorting and smoking the drug. But when she saw someone shoot up, she was transfixed. She wanted to join in that ritual herself — the heating of the brown powder in the spoon, the tourniquet, the needle.

Natalie was rerouting her brain with a feedback loop, creating more and more associations with the heroin craving. Soon it became difficult to focus on anything else — job, school, family. Her connections with people outside her drug circle frayed and disintegrated. After a mishap involving a borrowed car and a failed stint in rehab, she found herself spending nine months in a maximum-security prison.

So she taught herself to meditate. It was not as simple as “deciding to get clean.” Rewiring her thinking was work. She was building new neural paths for herself and breaking up the old ones.
“They didn’t pitch you into a colorful fairyland, the way mushrooms and acid did. Instead they wrapped you in a stocking of inner peace, utter relaxation. Not the kind of sedation you’d get from a tranquilizer, but something subtler and yet more potent . . . Some misty layer of anxiety was always floating above the surface of things. Until opiates took it away.”

“We could say that Natalie chose to stop using drugs, but it’s not that simple either,” Lewis writes. “Instead, desire was rerouted. It was now in league with other goals: self-preservation, self-control, a respite from her weariness.” Natalie was educating herself as surely as someone who learns Japanese is doing so.

Natalie had to learn to overcome what Lewis calls “now appeal” — putting short-term gratification ahead of long-term thriving. When we crave something, our brains are awash in dopamine, which brings pleasure in itself. Addiction is less about enjoyment than it is about anticipation, about desire. But resisting temptation requires a lot of brain energy. At some point fatigue sets in and it becomes too exhausting not to give in.

Addicts are told again and again to resist, by counselors, therapists, friends and relatives. Just say no!

“Yet the research tells us unambiguously,” writes Lewis, “that suppression is the wrong way to go, because it accelerates ego fatigue.’

Achieving mastery over yourself requires instead a shift of perspective and a reinterpretation of your emotional state. “Instead of tying yourself to the mast in order to resist the Sirens’ song, you must recognize the Sirens as harbingers of death and reframe their songs as background noise,” Lewis says.

The ability to resist “now appeal” is thought to be centered in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is more developed in mature adults. That’s why addiction is so often associated with youth. There is some evidence that people who learn to beat addiction are developing that area of the brain, as you might work on building up your triceps.

Embracing a future

Drugs can help by suppressing cravings or easing withdrawal symptoms, but getting free of addiction is fundamentally a process of internal development, Lewis argues. In case studies he presents in the book, he explains how honest personal reflection, reconnecting how past behavior led to current predicaments and imagining a different and better future were instrumental to successful outcomes for addicts.

“[The brain]… is like the Manhattan streetscape: Some are always under construction.”

Addiction isn’t a direct result of a stress-filled childhood, but there is close correlation between the two, and a survey that explored high youth suicide rates in some Native American areas of Western Canada found that in such communities young people were “incapable of talking about their lives in any coherent, organized way,” Lewis says. “They had no clear sense of their past, their childhood, and the generations preceding them. And their attempts to outlines possible futures were empty of form and meaning. They simply could not consider their lives as narratives, or stories.”

To Lewis, there’s a clear lesson here.

“Humans need to be able to see their own lives progressing, moving from a meaningful past to a viable future. They need to see themselves as going somewhere, as characters in a narrative.”

Life’s a book; write the next chapter yourself.

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You MUST ReFill Your ‘Glass’

Once your addiction is over, it leaves behind a large vacancy in your soul that must be filled.  Will you choose to fill that space with fear, anxiety, anger, weakness, or something else that will perpetuate darkness?  At VRM, people bring us …….  CLICK HERE, to my other blog, for the rest of this article.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

Why Do We Need To Theorize About Addiction Causes When We Already Know?!

In the field and ministry we’re in – addiction – we are constantly reading about addiction being theorized as a disease… a disorder… a choice… a deeply rooted inherited family problem… or a number of other theories.  None of those theories have been or can be proven; they are just guesses.  Well, I’m here to tell you that addiction is in the Bible and tells us exactly what it is and what the causes are.  It’s a sin of ‘drunkenness’.  The original Greek word for drunkenness, as defined in Strong’s, is PHARMAKEIA, which means WITCHCRAFT!  It’s where we get our word, pharmacy.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Pharmakeia/drunkenness are not terms that just apply to alcohol; it’s anything that is mind altering.  The term ‘mind altering’ relates to any substance or unusual activity that causes you to think in different ways than you normally would.  These thoughts cause you to act differently… kind of the state of being under an evil spell.  All of this, in Scripture, have roots in the occult.  Being in a mind altered state may affected you in the following ways:

  • you could suffer memory loss
  • you may feel extreme tiredness and sleep a lot, or you’ll feel hyper and unable to rest or sleep at all
  • you might feel confused
  • you could feel dizziness
  • you might do things that cause you might not normally do, also called being uninhibited
  • you probably feel dumbed down, kind of like a zombie
  • you could suffer unusual episodes of extreme rage
  • you find yourself out of control much of the time
  • you may not be able to make decisions, so everything gets put off for a time that doesn’t happen
  • you might become very obsessive
  • you find yourself subject to unusual mood swings
  • you will know what feeling agitated is like
  • you may not think about driving while intoxicated
  • you probably put whatever you’re addicted to as the first 100 things on your priority list that are most important in your life, and there’s room for nothing and no one else
  • you find yourself lying a lot, and has become typical for you
  • you could have a sense of impending doom and death
  • you will probably be consumed by feeling sick and symptomatic of diseases that don’t exist
  • you find yourself visiting a doctor often, to find out what’s wrong with you, but you get no answers
  • during brief moments, you’ll wish you were your old self again, but think that returning to the real you is just not going to ever be possible
  • if you’re a Christian, you’re going to put Jesus on a back burner, so – in a way – you have rejected God’s Salvation; as time moves on, God just won’t matter much at all  anymore

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With all of the above going on, doesn’t it come down to reaching out to the Lord and allowing Him to bring you to Himself?  Your life is a living nightmare and you’re out of control  in your addiction!  You can’t think about getting out, or doing anything about it, until you really have to, right?  You know that you could overdose, but you just can’t care.  You just give up.  You now know that this addiction you’re under, is witchcraft!  Evil has been eliminated by Jesus Christ; tap into it.  The thing is that Jesus loves you beyond beyond!  He created you.  Despite what you think, the truth is that He put you in your mother’s womb, and knows what you’re going through.  He can immerse Himself in you and feel your feelings.  When you decide to come back to Jesus, or come to Him for the first time, you don’t have to think about going through all the things you need to do to change yourself in any way.  All you have to do is come to Him and He’ll do the rest. There is Power in His Love – it’s a Love that is pure and surrounds you on all sides. You only need to ask Him to live His life in you!  Yes… it’s that simple!

Rebellion is sin.  Sin has been in existence since Adam and Eve.  Sin predisposes everyone to addiction, as well as many other problems. This was all fixed by Jesus Christ at the Cross.  Reach out to Him.  Please do it today.

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Don’t Allow It!

Never allow your doctor to tell you that addictive drugs are okay.  They are NOT okay. They will cause other disorders and diseases as they kill you slowly. These include: opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, hypnotics, stimulants, and antipsychotics. There is no reason on earth to be given these unless you have to be in the safety of a psychiatric institution. Right now, here in the US, one person is dying from an accidental opioid overdose every 12.5 minutes.  I don’t want you to be part of that statistic.

There IS Hope for a Final End to Addiction

Today, on National Addiction News, I would like to spread hope.  It’s the hope found in Jesus Christ for a final end to addiction.  Being accountable to God is the only answer. Accountability is found in His plan of Salvation.  How you can be saved is found HERE.  With all of my heart, I invite you to read how to get saved at this link.  There are many who will preach and teach that all you have to do is say a simple prayer.  That ‘simple prayer’ is only the beginning of your road to Heaven and addiction healing.  Being saved is a daily commitment to follow the Lord, His teachings, His commandments, and His way of living.  There is no bargaining or switching one thing for another.  It’s set in stone.  It’s not found in buildings or televangelism. It’s found in your heart, by your choice.  Think about your first day of college or high school… it was just your first day. You didn’t graduate on day #1, did you?  You needed to attend classes, learn, test out and earn your degree or your diploma.  With God, you don’t have to earn Salvation – that’s a free gift; however, you do have to earn your arrival in Heaven, by your faithfulness to Jesus and His Word – The Bible.

Does following Jesus mean that your addiction will forever end?

That’s a question that is a definite, YES; however, it is determined by HOW you follow Him.  Are you still doing the things you used to do, or are you doing life the way He tells us to live it. Are you letting go and letting God have His way with you?  Are you reading His Word daily (and more)?  Are you permitting His Word to become everything within you?  Are you joyfully handing Jesus your eyes, your mind, your words, your thoughts, your body, your mind, your day, your selfish desires, your pride, your tenacious will, your lifestyle, your stubbornness, your favorite things, your TV shows, your home, your marriage, your children, your work, your home, your car, your will, and your future?  Unless you’re doing these things, I have to say that addiction freedom will probably never be yours to have.

It’s too hard to follow the Bible and do the things Jesus says we need to do.

I have never heard that from anyone who truly loves the Lord; however, from those who just refuse to give it up to God, I have heard that all too often.  They are people who will probably never come to Him with all of their hearts and souls.  Jesus Himself says, in Matthew 7:14, narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  So, I don’t kid myself in thinking that everyone that hears this message will have some kind of epiphany and receive Jesus, this very moment.  I know better.  It will only be a few.  For those few, addiction freedom is available for the asking. I also know that for those few, Jesus died.Yeshua

Praise Him in the peace of your heart and Praise Him in the storms of your life!  Just Praise Him!

Marijuana Users Report High Rates Of Dependence In Global Drug Survey

Before reading this article, please understand that I am a strong supporter of legally obtained medical marijuana for the purpose of healing sicknesses and diseases and for the purpose of minimizing unrelenting chronic pain.  I am NOT a supporter of medical marijuana for recreational use, as this represents the purposeful desire of it’s users to ‘run away’ as is the case with other drugs.  For kids, it’s been proven as a gateway drug for addiction to both legal and illegal drugs as well as alcohol.

Here’s the article…

A large percentage of marijuana users around the world report signs of dependence, even as cannabis appears to be one of the safest and most commonly used drugs overall, according to the results of a survey released on Wednesday.

The findings are contained in the 2018 Global Drug Survey, a detailed questionnaire that compiled responses from more than 130,00 people in over 40 countries in the past year. One section of the survey used the “Severity of Dependence Scale,” or SDS, a popular tool that asks respondents five questions regarding impaired control over drug use and anxieties related to consumption and quitting.

Around 50,000 of the survey respondents reported having used marijuana in the last 12 months. Only alcohol and tobacco use were more common.

Of all cannabis users, 20.2 percent showed substantial signs of dependence, measured by affirmative answers to at least four of the five SDS questions. Crystal methamphetamine was the drug most closely associated with dependence, with nearly 25 percent of users scoring four or higher on the SDS.

Just over 20 percent of cannabis users around the world showed significant signs of dependence, according to the 2018 Gl

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY
Just over 20 percent of cannabis users around the world showed significant signs of dependence, according to the 2018 Global Drug Survey.

A positive SDS score is not the same as a clinical diagnosis of dependence, Adam Winstock, a British addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, told HuffPost. But it does suggest that many marijuana users have considerable misgivings about their habits.

“You’ve got 20 percent of the people who are significantly worried about the impact of their use on their life,” said Winstock. “It’s a measure of subjective worry and concern, but those questions tap into things like how much you use, how often, your sense of control and your desire to stop.”

The responses to individual SDS questions offer a window into some of those feelings of dependence.

Cannabis was the substance most frequently associated with anxiety over the prospect of quitting, for example. Although nearly 74 percent of users said the idea of stopping “never or almost never” made them anxious, 19.7 percent said it “sometimes” did, with the rest reporting that it “often” or “always” did.

A total of 21.4 percent of marijuana users said it would be “quite difficult” for them to stop using, with 6.4 percent responding that it would be either “very difficult” or “impossible.” Around 72 percent said quitting would not be difficult.

Nearly 30 percent of cannabis users reported that their cannabis use was at least occasionally “out of control,” with 22.6 percent of respondents saying it was only “sometimes” an issue, 5.3 percent saying it was “often” an issue and 1.6 percent saying it was “always or nearly always” an issue.

Respondents to the 2018 Global Drug Survey were asked five questions on the Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS) to examin

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY
Respondents to the 2018 Global Drug Survey were asked five questions on the Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS) to examine potential concerns regarding substance use.

The survey also sought to measure the overall safety of substances by asking respondents if they’d sought emergency medical treatment after using various drugs. Just 0.5 percent of all cannabis users reported seeking treatment after use, the second-lowest rate of any substance. Magic mushrooms appeared to be the safest recreational drug for the second year in a row, with just 0.2 percent of users saying they’d pursued medical intervention.

The cannabis dependence results were particularly surprising to Winstock, who said he would’ve expected to see around 10 to 15 percent of marijuana users report signs of dependence.

“You’re legalizing a drug that a fair number of people who use it have worries about themselves,” Winstock said. “The question is what do you do about that?”

The Global Drug Survey may hold some answers. Since 2014, the independent research company has partnered with medical experts and media groups to conduct an annual survey with the goal of making drug use safer through increased access to education and treatment resources.

Around 300,000 marijuana users have partaken in Global Drug Surveys over the years, said Winstock. Those respondents have consistently shown high levels of support for establishing government guidelines around safe marijuana use. Among cannabis users who have expressed a desire to use less frequently or quit entirely, many have said they’d like assistance in doing so. But very few end up seeking help.

You’re legalizing a drug that a fair number of people who use it have worries about themselves. The question is what do you do about that?Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey

Taken together, the surveys suggest elected officials and the marijuana industry should be engaging in a more honest discussion about the risks associated with cannabis use so they can better address issues that may arise as laws are liberalized, said Winstock.

That advice may be particularly salient in the U.S., where a number of states are considering legalizing recreational marijuana in the face of growing public opposition to prohibition. Eight states, as well as Washington, D.C., have already legalized weed.

“Clearly arresting someone and giving them a criminal record for smoking a joint is a futile and pointless exercise and … nothing I’m suggesting is me saying cannabis is a bad drug and the government made a mistake,” said Winstock.

“What I’m saying is that at the point they regulated cannabis, they should have mandated a whole bunch of things that allowed it to be easier for people to reflect on their cannabis use and how it impacted on them and how to control their use,” he went on. “There should have been mandated health warnings and advice and an index of harm for different products.”

Among the 3,400 U.S. marijuana users surveyed this year, just under 25 percent expressed a desire to use less ― compared to 29.3 percent of users globally. Just over 25 percent reported getting high more than 300 days out of the past year, though that may not be reflective of broader marijuana trends, because the survey didn’t randomly sample users nationwide.

Sixteen percent of the American marijuana users who said they wanted to cut back also responded that they’d like help doing so. Nearly 50 percent of all U.S. users said they’d attempted to quit at some point, with 67 percent of those saying they’d tried in the previous year.

Winstock says it makes sense to increase access to harm reduction tools in order to reach those who say they want help with their dependence on cannabis. But broad support for this sort of comprehensive approach requires people on all sides to confront the fact that marijuana, like pretty much any drug, can lead to dependence with some frequency.

Stop for a moment and think about how you cannot become the tobacco industry or the alcohol industry.Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey

Instead, the legalization debate has played out in a far more polarized fashion, with advocates often pushing back against decades of government anti-weed hysteria by claiming cannabis is a harmless drug, especially when compared to alcohol or tobacco.

In light of the cataclysmic failures of the nation’s war on drugs, there is plenty of reason to be tempted by that portrayal.

“It could just be that so many people are saying we’ve raised billions in taxes, saved thousands of hours of police time, saved loads of innocent young lives from having their careers ruined and being banged up in prison,” said Winstock. “Those are such huge wins that I could see people going, ‘That’s enough.’”

But just because the status quo has been so bad for so long and marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco ― legal drugs that kill more people each year than all illicit drugs combined ― doesn’t mean the push to legalize cannabis can’t learn from past mistakes.

For Winstock, it’s not too late for legal weed states and leaders in the marijuana industry to place more focus on public health.

“Stop for a moment and think about how you cannot become the tobacco industry or the alcohol industry,” said Winstock. “Be the best you can be, don’t just make the biggest profit. Be the most responsible industry you can, and that means be honest.”

Read the entire 2018 Global Drug Survey here.

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What’s Wrong with Most Recovery Programs?

I will make this answer as brief as I can… highlighting what I see is wrong.

Recovery, as the word implies, indicates that you will, at some point, recover; however, in addiction recovery, it takes on an entire new meaning when the ‘Steppers’ get involved. Recovery, in the broken ‘Step’ system that exists today, is defined by:

  • Forcing people to admit that they are ‘addicts’, even though you’re not using drugs or alcohol.  (This is an unthinkable thing to coerce people to declare, as it gives the mind permission to use again and again. It also degrades the psyche.)
  • Declaring, after much brainwashing, that you have an incurable disease that needs to be controlled by clawing through every second of every minute of every day.  (This is a outright LIE from the pit of Hell and very demeaning.)
  • Telling people to name anyone and anything as their ‘god’.  (There is only ONE True God of all Heaven and Earth and He’s declared in the Bible.  His Name is Jesus.)
  • Forcing ‘anonymity’.  This has proven to be very dangerous, because there are criminals who sneak into the 12 Steps groups and prey on vulnerable people who feel that they are sick and will never get better. This has caused many crimes to be committed against group members.  (We all have a name that we should be proud of.  We also need to know who is sitting next to us, so in case there is an issue, they can be reported to authorities.)
  • Having to have a ‘sponsor’ who is no better than anyone else and has no last name. (Seriously?  Who wants to be accountable to some nameless bozo who knows nothing more than you do, and probably isn’t capable of any leadership capacity.)
  • The ‘group CULT’ mentality causes MAJOR problems of jealousy, envy, bullying, despair, and causes the quiet ones to rarely get anything out of the meeting.  There are usually one or two anonymous groupies who run the whole show with their own agenda. (Groups, with the intent on creating any kind of therapeutic environment, is hopeless. People are individuals and as unique as each snowflake is, and need to be helped in a one-on-one private setting, for any progress to happen. Very few will ever discuss their private thoughts and concerns in a group, for fear of ridicule or shame.)
  • You’re forced to make ‘amends’, in a pattern of ‘steps’ or you’re just not a good groupie.  (The only accountability you have is to God, who will tell you – by His Holy Spirit – exactly what to do,  when & where to do it, and to whom.)

So, what’s the fix to this?

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Remember:  There’s only one ‘step’ to being totally healed from addiction.  Step up to the Lord Jesus Christ who died so that you can live a healthy, addiction free life!

God doesn’t care about who you used to be.  He just cares about who you are now!