Under Construction? Be Ready for God to Work

Under Construction? Be Ready for God to Work“We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.”—Life Recovery Step 6

If you needed to remodel your house, where would you start? You would need to hire a contractor you trust and let them do the work. Similarly, if you are in recovery from addiction, you are under construction and God is your contractor. In Life Recovery Step 6, you must be ready for God to remove your defects.

Being under construction is difficult because most of us naturally try to hide our flaws. However, we can never truly hide from God. David told God, “You know my thoughts even when I’m far away” (Psalm 139:2, New Living Translation).

To become the person God wants us to be, humility is essential. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” How can we be ready for God to remove our defects? Here are a few things we can do: (more…)

What is the Prerequisite for Sobriety?

What is the Prerequisite for Sobriety?Nowadays, most people think only of themselves. They want things done their way and in their time. Even some of the world’s most successful people try to promote why we should put ourselves first and be proud of ourselves and our achievements.

We should be grateful for the talents, skills, and gifts God has given us. There’s nothing wrong with this type of pride, but the kind of pride in which we become self-focused and self-elevating is wrong. Pride won’t help us in recovery. Instead, what we need most of all is humility.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines humility as “freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble.”

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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…)

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…)

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…)