Wednesday, June 28, 2017


JOB 5 v 2 "For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.

Resentment - We often experience resentment toward other people when we find it hard to forgive them and hold onto unspoken pain. ... Resentment lives inside us, feeding on our negative feelings and emotions. ... What did come was resentment toward the people who’d hurt me—that and anger.

Jealously - in a way that shows an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages.

Resentment and jealously , will keep you trapped in your self medicating ways . They will also take every ounce of joy out of life ! Resentment leads to anger and anger undealt with makes us bitter and that bitterness makes us jealous of others who have found sobriety . In time resentment ,bitterness anger and jealously will take control of you and you will lose yourself in guilt and shame because you will become blinded to the poison eating you up inside .If not dealt with ,you will lose everything and everyone and studies show that these defects will take you to you to an early grave.
By Joseph Dickerson / Recovery Connections Jun 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thank you in advance for reading about Peter and Daniel; they have new lives!
Totally New Lives!

I am 28 years old and today I am firmly grounded in Christ.  

A year ago I was a totally different person, one bound by addiction and the sin that comes with it.  For 15 years I had been in and out of rehabs with no success.  

Finally I was introduced to Teen Challenge where I learned about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a real and powerful way.  Immediately after giving my struggles and addictions to Him I felt a peace and relief from stress and worries I never knew before.  

Although I have had my share of mistakes, my relationship with God has changed me in amazing ways.  I thank Him everyday for the forgiveness and mercy he has shown me at Teen Challenge.

I'm 20 years old.  I'm also a child of adoption. I went to Teen Challenge because of a violation of my probation. My third violation at that.  I was in and out of jail for the past 3 years.

My drug usage started around 15 years of age and got more and more serious. I've always tried to fill a hole inside of me with drugs, women, and material things, but never God -- until now. 

I got saved, and since that day, my life has changed in so many ways. I went from being a self-centered, angry person to a loving and caring leader on the campus. I was put into a lead position running the warehouse at our thrift store, and I plan on going home to lead a youth group at the church my parents attend.  

God works miracles and I'm living proof of that. God has freed me of my anger and helped me deal with being adopted. I thank Teen Challenge for all the help and support. With God all things are possible. I encourage anyone out there to get a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He saved my life!

Will you join with us?

We have the most caring donors in the world! They are willing to give to help hurting people like Peter and Daniel find hope for a new life without drugs.

Will you join with us? Your gift will provide training for staff, curriculum for students to learn God's Word, and help assure that every person who comes to Teen Challenge has the opportunity to meet Jesus and find a new life - drug free!. Thanks, in advance for giving.


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Why You Shouldn't Use the Word "Addict"
compassion in addiction

Addiction is a disease.

It's important that we use language that frames it as a health issue and shows respect to people with an addiction and to their families who are impacted. Just like we would with any other disease, like diabetes or asthma.

A person shouldn’t be defined or labeled by his or her disease or illness, it is something they have. For example: Instead of calling someone a “diabetic,” it’s preferable to use person-first language and say “someone with diabetes.” The same goes with the word “addict.”

We have a choice when we communicate. We can use words that perpetuate the negative stigma around substance use – words that label people with an addiction in a negative, shameful and judgmental way. Or we can use words that are compassionate, supportive and respectful – words that helps others understand substance use disorder as the health issue that it is.

By choosing to rethink and reshape our language, we will allow people with an addiction to more easily regain their self-esteem and more comfortably seek treatment, allow lawmakers to appropriate funding, allow doctors to deliver better treatment, allow insurers to increase coverage of evidence-based treatment and help the public understand this is a medical condition and should be treated as such.

The Associated Press recently took an important step to stop using stigmatizing language toward people struggling with a substance use disorder, recognizing that words have power. We invite you to do the same.

We've assembled a brief list of words and phrases to avoid and words to use in their place. Together, with a unified language, we can help reshape the landscape and end the negative stereotypes and stigma of addiction. And by doing so, we can remove barriers that continue to hold back too many people from the lifesaving treatment they need.
Read the List of Words to Avoid

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jonathan Shaw on the Redemptive Power of Storytelling | The Fix

Jonathan Shaw on the Redemptive Power of Storytelling | The Fix: 'I remember a sponsor handing me a pencil early in my recovery and telling me, 'Say hello to God.' We had no idea that would eventually spawn over ten published books.'

Ten Harrowing Music Videos About Addiction | The Fix

Ten Harrowing Music Videos About Addiction | The Fix: Henley's 'The Boys of Summer' video reminds me that sometimes we’re best at remembering things we’d rather forget.

The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup | The Fix

The Parallels Between Synthetic Opiates and High Fructose Corn Syrup | The Fix: Like corn syrup, is the structure of synthetic opioids as much to blame for their consequences as the large-scale promotions behind them?

New Grateful Dead Documentary Examines Jerry Garcia's Relationship with Heroin | The Fix

New Grateful Dead Documentary Examines Jerry Garcia's Relationship with Heroin | The Fix: '[Jerry was] a complicated, creatively talented and unconventional person...he had an equal proclivity for transcendence and self-destruction.”

Eight Was Too Much: The Tragic Legacy of a Hit Sitcom | The Fix

Eight Was Too Much: The Tragic Legacy of a Hit Sitcom | The Fix: Is Hollywood to blame? For even the healthiest young person, the combination of too much money and too much fame can be toxic.

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“What became William’s fatal overdose occurred four days after his being denied in-patient detox as ‘not medically necessary.’ Would obtaining Parity Act intervention immediately upon his denial have resulted in a lifesaving admission? We’ll never know.”
Margot Head and Bill Williams tragically lost their son, Will, to an overdose in 2012. They, like millions of families, struggled to get insurance coverage for treatment. And those same families, at a time of crisis, are uncertain of their rights and coverage available to them under the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
Families are being denied coverage, including medication for treatment and individualized care, which they are entitled to under the law. Families face roadblocks at every turn in navigating the treatment process. Help us change this broken system and save lives.
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