Friday, June 30, 2017

Addiction to Activity

By Jim Liebelt

You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though I am allowed to do anything, I must not become a slave to anything. 
–1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)
What is all the commotion about? It seems that everyone is rushing about, trying to work through our to-do lists so that we can… add more items to our to-do lists. Let’s get some perspective here! We are not doing ourselves any favors by living life at supersonic speed. Today, we cram more and more activity into our lives because our culture encourages us to do so and because we can.
This addiction to activity has also infected the church. It’s wonderful that so many churches today can offer a wide variety of ministry services in order to address a wide variety of life issues. But, far too many Christ-followers cram their schedules with too many (good) things: ministry meetings, program meetings, small group Bible studies, accountability groups, recovery groups and even meetings to plan more meetings! And, as a result life loses its balance.
Remember, just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should! Busyness for busyness sake–even when the busyness is ministry oriented–is counterproductive at best and simply sinful at worst.
When I look at Jesus’ life, I see a man who was not ruled by His schedule. He seldom seemed rushed. For instance, I love that while He pursued plans, He would welcome interruptions from people in need. From what we know, Jesus never said anything like this to anyone, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I need to be in Jericho by sundown.”
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to cut back on our pace of activities and actually live more like Jesus? Wouldn’t it be helpful to become more of the salt and light that Jesus called us to be in our neighborhoods and communities and spent less time in activities and meetings just talking about it?
Today, give some thought to the pace of your life. If necessary, begin the process of weeding out activities from your life that may be good, but actually prevent you from living a balanced life.
1. What good activities are you involved in that could actually be (or become) obstacles to your spiritual health and effectiveness in serving Christ?
2. Are you simply too busy? If so, what steps can you take this week to get your schedule under control?
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June 30, 2017
Treating Eating Disorders as Substance Use Disorders?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)

Description: Given the complexity and nature of eating disorders, this presentation seeks to shed light on the growing continuum of research pointing to the “addictive” elements driving pathological overeating and the regulation of appetite. The notion that most eating disorders share commonalities with substance use disorders is not entirely new. However, the “addictive nature” of certain foods and substances, the biological and personality traits of the “addict,” and what these have in common with disordered eating is now evidence-based. This presentation will identify the specific “foods of abuse,” the interplay between biological, cultural, and psychological factors, and the evidence supporting this substance use thesis. The implications of adopting this perspective will also be addressed from a treatment perspective.
Presenter: Marty Lerner, PhD
Marty Lerner, PhD, is the CEO of the Milestones in Recovery Eating Disorders Program located in Cooper City, Florida. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Learner is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating eating disorders since 1980. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health, and ABC’s Nightline, authored several publications appearing in the professional literature, national magazines, and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. He is the author of A Guide to Eating Disorder Recovery: Defining the Problem and Finding the Solution.
Price: Education is FREE to all professionals
Continuing Education Credit: Earn a certificate of completion for 1.5 CE credits by passing an online CE quiz upon completion of the webinar. FREE for NAADAC members (Join now!). $20 for Non-members.
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NOW What’re We Supposed to Do? Evidence-Based Practices for Medication-Assisted Treatment

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)

Description: With the current opioid overdose epidemic in full flood, Medication-Assisted Treatment is on the horizon of every treatment provider. However, opioid maintenance therapy with medications such as naltrexone, Subutex and methadone challenge both the treatment philosophy and delivery systems of many programs. We will examine the philosophy, research, medications, and evidence-based practices for effective MAT.
Presenter: Michael Bricker, MS, CADC II, LPC
Michael Bricker, MS, CADC II, LPC, is the Adult SUD Treatment Program Manager for Lutheran Community Services in Klamath Falls, OR. He specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and is Lead Clinician for the Drug Court Treatment Program. Bricker is also a consultant on dual recovery from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has trained and supervised counselors in Alaska and Oregon. Bricker is a seasoned consultant and trainer who presents regularly at national conferences and is a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau. He has been a clinician, consultant, and teacher for over 35 years.
Price: Education is FREE to all professionals
Continuing Education Credit: Earn a certificate of completion for 2 CE credits by passing an online CE quiz upon completion of the webinar. FREE for NAADAC members (Join now!). $25 for Non-members.
Questions or comments about NAADAC Education? Take a look at our Webinar FAQs or email NAADAC.

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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!

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