Healthy vs. Unhealthy Ways of Coping

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Ways of CopingMany of us are familiar with the McDonald’s commercial, which features the catchy phrase, “You deserve a break today.” If we’re honest, we’ll admit that many of us have turned to food (or other things) to cope with bad days or pain from past traumas.

But suppose we know the difference between unhealthy and healthy coping methods. In that case, we’ll be much more likely to overcome addiction.

Unhealthy Ways to Cope
If you’re stuck in addiction, you may embrace the unspoken belief of “avoid pain at all costs.” If your primary defense has been to stop acting out, unhealthy coping patterns will keep you from healing. (more…)

3 Steps to Transparency in Recovery

3 Steps to Transparency in RecoveryHave you been attending a recovery group for some time but haven’t made any progress in overcoming addiction, unhealthy habits, or painful struggles? Then, perhaps you need to be more transparent.

The Webster’s Dictionary defines transparent as: “free from pretense or deceit; easily detected or seen through; readily understood; characterized by visibility or accessibility of information.”

Want to be transparent in your recovery? There are three steps you must take.

Step 1: Come out of hiding.
The first step to transparency in recovery is to come out of hiding. It all started with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Eve gave Adam the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat, and he ate it. Instead of being transparent, Adam put on fig leaves and hid from God. God asked, “Where are you?” (more…)

Identity Crisis? Discover Your True Identity

Discover Your True IdentityWhere do you find your identity? Would you say it’s your job, having kids, being a spouse, your appearance, or the things you turn to for comfort? Suppose your source of identity is found in anything—or anyone—other than Christ. In that case, you will eventually experience an identity crisis.

Having an identity crisis can take you to places you don’t want to go and to do things you never thought you’d do. An identity crisis may lead to: (more…)

Benefits of Believing in a Higher Power

Benefits of Believing in a Higher PowerDo you have unhealthy habits and turn to the wrong things to numb your pain? Have you tried to stop on your own but couldn’t? You must look for help from the One who has the power to help you…Christ. Life Recovery Step Two says, “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” If you’re wondering whether you should believe in a Higher Power, check out the benefits you’ll reap from believing in Christ as your Higher Power.

1. You will be more likely to succeed in sobriety.
Is there a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power? Yes, absolutely! Research shows there is a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power. A case study was published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, where 195 juvenile offenders were included in the research. (more…)

Why You Must Be Honest About Your Needs

Why You Must Be Honest About Your NeedsAre you reluctant to ask for what you need? You’re not alone. Too many of us are too scared to admit we need help, let alone ask for what we need. We think it’s a sign of weakness. But when we keep everything inside, it’s a sign of pride and self-sufficiency, which go against the grain of a healthy dependence upon God and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Step One in Life Recovery says, “We admitted that we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

There are three reasons why you must be honest about your needs. (more…)