Category Archives: Recovery

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg: A Review

I recommend Option B in the strongest terms. At least for people who have lost a loved one. Not everybody will want a book about a sudden death, grieving, learning to adjust, and finding ways to rebound. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Depression Can Lead to Addiction

Depression can lead to addiction. To escape his dislike of his life, taxi driver Joe used vodka binges. Those led, however, to a plan to end his life. Like the weeds that grow in our yard, demanding our constant attention to … Continue reading

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A Signal Of Addiction

A church dropout may be a signal of addiction. In my first pastorate, one of my laymen stopped attending worship. Because we’d had conflict, I passed it off as unhappiness with me. As a result of my assumption, I failed … Continue reading

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Recovering From Spiritual Depression

Spiritual Depression Some may be surprised to learn that spiritual leaders experience spiritual depression, or what we call “burnout.” After a period of faithful leadership, for example, these pastors and other leaders report they “hit a brick wall.” What causes … Continue reading

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What Opioid Crisis? III Kids & Teens

According to a recent study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, the yearly rate of poisoning due to opioid overdoses among teens and children from 1997 to 2012  increased 165%. The opioid epidemic has stirred the … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery III: Lessons

From as early as eight years old, Sarah loved beer. She took her first sip at age six, first stole it at seven. In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery Story II Recovery

In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, shares with rare vulnerability and wit how using alcohol spiraled her life downward. She also details how, slowly, she began to … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery Story I: Blackout

An Early Start From as early as eight years old, Sarah loved beer. She took her first sip at age six, first stole it at seven. In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, … Continue reading

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Tragedy, Prayer, and A Vow

In March 1982, Mickey Cortez nearly died. Seven years old, the victim of a drunk driver, Mickey landed on life-support in a hospital, the third his father Paul visited that night. Two other hospitals held other members of Paul’s family injured … Continue reading

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Job’s Story: Message of Hope

When we think of Job, his disasters come immediately to mind. We think of his lost businesses of camels, sheep, and agriculture, of his employees defending his interests to the death. We think of his children–all lost. “He went through … Continue reading

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