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Just One More Alcoholic Story

Note from Ohg Tone – I am just passing this story along.  I changed the names to protect all. By-line: Tommy C. Last January we started a new Al-Ann group at our Alano Club in St. Joseph, Missouri.  We have just finished restoring the room. http://alanostjoe.com/2014/08/09/new-hope-al-anon-has-a-fresh-look/ About a month ago, while working on that room, […]

26Aug2014 | | Comments Off on Just One More Alcoholic Story | Continued
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Jung and Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Carl Jung was a genius on the level of Albert Einstein.  Jung might say that he and Einstein were able to tap their unconscious and the collective unconscious for what appear to be ideas of the human imagination.  Jung’s work now defines an entire branch of modern psychology – in his lifetime he captured the […]

18Feb2013 | | Comments Off on Jung and Alcoholism and Drug Addiction | Continued
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Dead Body Found in Woods

I am cleaning my office.  Stacks of paper, piles of books, new book shelves – there is not enough room.  So I am compelled to throw something away.  This ritual is not done arbitrarily – I have to look at everything and rethink the value.  I came across an old news clipping.  It has no […]

4May2010 | | Comments Off on Dead Body Found in Woods | Continued
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The Criminal Paradigm, Fiddling around on the Roof

We were watching the old Topol character in Fiddler on the Roof. He portrays a man who struggles with tradition, struggles with the idea of changing ideology, struggles with changing his cultural prejudices. The movie is so universally accepted because all people relate to changing times and changing cultures, and the gut wrenching emotion those […]

16Apr2010 | | 8 comments | Continued
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12 Steps – A Program of Recovery

To continue this dialogue on 12 step programs – it seems only natural to describe the 12 steps. Distortions abound. Some clarity about this process might be useful to students of health care, people in the Ministry, medical professionals, and especially to those suffering from a hopeless state of mind and body. From page 59 […]

27Aug2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Are Drug Addicts Worthless?

Well, that depends.  While using drugs that addict is worse than worthless.  While using an addict’s worth is in the negative numbers – they will lie and steal – to any one, any where, any time.  When not using they return to their normal human pain-in-the-ass personalities.  They are normal in the sense that humans […]

20Nov2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Spirituality, Confused with Co-dependency

Son, Healthy spirituality – what is it?  What does it look like?  What is at the root?  A discussion like this leads to a discussion on generally healthy behaviors.  This leads to discussion on co-dependency, drug addiction, and other destructive behaviors.  Notice how I conveniently lumped different maladies together?  This is where the discussion often […]

17Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Spirituality, Confused with Co-dependency | Continued
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Step 9 – Justice

Son, Step Nine of Twelve is very clear. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. We are talking about Justice. Justice is not easy. This concept seems reasonable and most of us believe that we are fair and honorable people. But many of us […]

23Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 9 – Justice | Continued
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Step 8 – Responsibility

Son, Step Eight of Twelve is where the rubber begins to hit the road.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. The essential character trait is Responsibility.  In the process of working these steps our candidate for sanity has already done a ‘fearless moral […]

18Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 8 – Responsibility | Continued
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Alcoholism and Drug Addiction – diseases

Son, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, is a disease. The Fireside Post has many articles on addiction. We should be clear that we are talking about a pandemic disease. Here are some sticking points – is addiction self induced? Is addiction merely criminal behavior? Is addiction a moral dilemma – a sin of Biblical proportions? The answer […]

15Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction – diseases | Continued
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Step 4 – Courage

Son, Step Four of twelve is a big boy – the success of this step takes nothing short of courage. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Addiction causes problems, no argument here. The problems are generally beyond what the addict understands. But the addict knows that to look closely at self means […]

15Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 4 – Courage | Continued
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Step 5 – Integrity

Son, Step Five of twelve is a big boy – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs. “Confession is an ancient discipline,” according to the AA 12 x 12. We are not talking about a Sunday chat during half time of the Chiefs Game. Addiction steals […]

15Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 5 – Integrity | Continued
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Step 6 – Willingness

Son, Step Six of twelve is an exercise in attitude, separating the men from the boys – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The essential character trait is willingness. This encompasses everything essential for spiritual growth. The wording is challenging, the thought process even more so. Check it out: […]

15Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 6 – Willingness | Continued
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Step 3 – Faith

Son, Step Three of twelve begins a mental discipline. Made a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God as we understood him. So three frogs are sitting on a log, one decides to jump in. How many frogs are on the log? Three – he made a decision – […]

13Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 3 – Faith | Continued
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Step 2 – Hope

Son, Step Two of twelve states clearly – and with confidence: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. That is a mouthful, especially after the brutality of Step One. They tell us we are powerless – not much hope there. And our lives are unmanageable – if that […]

13Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 2 – Hope | Continued
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Step 1 – Honesty

Son, Step One of 12 Step Programs states simply: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (insert your own problem), that our lives had become unmanageable. I have said before that there are consequences to belief systems. Well, what would be the consequence of believing that you had become powerless, that your life had become […]

13Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 1 – Honesty | Continued
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Pandemic disease, test and immunize

Son, Drug Addiction is Pandemic. I made this case in an earlier post. Assuming this is true – what are we going to do about it. Pandemics are not new to the world. The past one hundred years have seen medical advances that have eradicated many pandemic illnesses. I think of Smallpox and polio – […]

2Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Pandemic disease, test and immunize | Continued
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Drug Addiction is Pandemic

Son, There is a pandemic in America – and around the world. It is the scourge of drug addiction. Modern medicine, let’s say the last 200 years, has developed some of the most powerful pain killers and anesthetics ever imagined. These have served our populace well in the development of modern medical practice – and […]

1Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Drug Addiction is Pandemic | Continued
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Police Pursuit – Losing Humanity

Son, This has been a sad week for me. As you know I have worked in the social service industry, after retiring from a career in information systems and finance. It is one of those thing us ‘baby-boomers’ do – giving back something that was given to us. The social service field is really tough. […]

27Oct2007 | | Comments Off on Police Pursuit – Losing Humanity | Continued