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Overcoming Addictions - Help for Christians

Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.

This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.

February 2011 Entries

The Yuck Stops Here!

From the discussions that I've witnessed in recovery meetings, there are many people who can't envision life without addiction or some unwelcome hand-me-down behavior. We believe that it's just part of who we are. We see the so-called normal families and can't imagine that we would even know what to do with a lifestyle free from the familiar and unwelcome behavior. We accept the yuck that's been in our family line as if it were a genetic feature. We need to wake up to who we are in Christ and un

posted @ Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:39 AM | Feedback (9)

Stuck in Survival Mode?

There are many ways to look at a financial tough time, but it’s been my experience that a wise person learns to see beyond dollars to develop the real issues of their character and soul. Robert Schuller said it well, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” To break out of financial survival mode you have to know what you believe and then let the pressure push you deeper in those beliefs to become who you were meant to become.

posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:51 AM | Feedback (1)

Addiction to Sin

A good friend, a Christian alcoholic who enjoyed about fifteen years of sobriety, once said, "Christians just don't understand what sin is." His point was that most sin isn't just a matter of making occasional mistakes. Because of its link to compulsion, sin leads us in directions we don't want to go. Unless we understand our vulnerability, we will be vulnerable. If we don't understand quicksand, we may not attempt to avoid it. If we think we don't need a Savior in all areas of our lives and at

posted @ Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:25 PM | Feedback (1)

Does Rehab Work?

The news about Charlie Sheen’s return to rehab has been a hot topic this week. USA TODAY reported on Feb. 2nd that hosts of The View gave their two cents on how they thought things might turn out for Sheen during their show. The article quotes Barbara Walters, “It really depends on how much he wants to change. Obviously he doesn’t.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck, “Maybe this will pave the way… maybe this could be a model that will work.” Whoopi Goldberg, “Until Charlie makes the decision that he’s ready

posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 4:13 PM | Feedback (15)