Folks should be aware of the incredibly low success rates held by the D&A counseling profession. It's widely known that treatment, counseling and 12-step programs fail addicts about 65% of the time. Relapse is inevitable. Abstinence doesn't have to define success.
But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Is my numbness and pitiless perception of the homeless addict emblematic of my own addiction to self-satisfaction? Is condemnation helpful? Does incarceration work? When treatment fails, what then?
RE: An article online today discussing 12-step programs which asks: "Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?" For starters, my higher power has a name - Jesus. But leaving that aside, there is meat here to digest. Contemplation: How the enemy uses truthful means in a corrupt manner to dislodge faith. Satan uses doubt as his fulcrum. Ultimately … Continue reading Darts of Doubt – Addiction Science doesn’t need God
Some of us live with people who struggle. Relapse, recover ... relapse. Recover. Will it ever "stick?" “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Mt. … Continue reading Wandering or Waiting?
Step 4 is daunting. "Fearless Spiritual and Moral Inventory." ??? So far as this writer is concerned that inventory should also account "Character Defects" -- because the Moral, Spiritual and Character aspects all have different application -- if you tease out their scriptural meanings. (more on these in a another post perhaps?) What follows is … Continue reading Step 4 — Exercises
What does scripture mean by calling out drunkards for judgement? (See 1 Corinthians 5, for instance.) What's it mean to be a drunk. Or to be a Christian? Does drinking define your life? If you live for and obsess about your next drink, you're a drunkard. If you drink despite knowing you'll experience negative consequences, … Continue reading Drunkards?