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…)

11 Questions to Consider for Success in Recovery in the New Year

11 Questions to Consider for Success in Recovery in the New YearWhether you’re just beginning your recovery journey or have decades of recovery under your belt, a new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start. Set aside time at the beginning of the year to reflect on last year and plan for a successful new year. Jeremiah 6:16 (New Living Translation, NLT) says, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…” Here are 11 questions to ask yourself to help you succeed in your recovery in the new year. (more…)

Simple Ways to Make Christmas More Peaceful

Simple Ways to Make Christmas More PeacefulLet’s face it: Christmas is stressful. Of all the seasons of the year, this is the time of year when we feel the most powerless over the circumstances around us.

At Christmas, we’re not in the driver’s seat. After all, we must be patient while waiting in line to find a parking spot. We have much to do on our to-do list but not enough time or money to get everything done and buy all the presents. When spending time with extended family, we must be mindful of others’ schedules, feelings, and ideas. Often, the whole experience is uncomfortable and frightening. But during this stressful time of year, we can find hope and serenity in the promises of God.

Mary was in her early teens when destiny took her by the hand. (more…)

8 Drama-Free Ways to Get Through the Holidays Alcohol-Free

8 Drama-Free Ways to Get Through the Holidays Alcohol-FreeWhen the holidays come around, it can be harder for people to stick to goals surrounding drinking. Between work parties, family dinners, and getting together with friends, let’s face it: Alcohol is everywhere during this time of year. Some people are recovering from addiction to alcohol, while others choose not to drink for health reasons. This is the time of year to be cautious because it’s easy to fall into the trap of drinking too much alcohol. 1 Corinthians 10:12 (New Living Translation, NLT) warns, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.

If your goal is to not drink, here are 8 drama-free ways to get through the holidays alcohol-free.

1. Find a sober friend to support you.
Before going to a party or night out where alcohol may be present, (more…)