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Since first arriving on the scene two plus decades ago, energy drinks have made a big splash in the non-alcoholic cold refreshments marketplace. While conventional soft drinks still outsell them by a wide margin, the rate of growth in their usage has been impressive, and in 2011 sales figures jumped a remarkable 17 percent from the year before. Popular energy drinks and shots such as Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Full Throttle, and 5 Hour Energy appear to be here to stay, as millions of Americans have come to crave the powerful effects they experience after flooding their bodies with these caffeine-laced metabolism rocket boosters.
Eating Disorder Recovery And The 12 Steps: Step Nine, Made Direct Amends To Such People Wherever Possible, Except When To Do So Would Injure Them Or Others. Part I.
Ego reduction. This is what the steps are really all about and no step embraces it as head-on as Step Nine. Building on the list-making project of Step Eight, Step Nine calls for the direct and intentional action of considering the people we have harmed, and going to them to make amends.
There is little doubt that America is a nation of sports fanatics. But when we make this statement, it is important to emphasize that we are not talking about active participation in sports, but rather the passive television viewing habits of the average American male.
It is not at all unusual for addiction to drugs or alcohol to coincide with a mental illness. Unfortunately, many people have to cope with the dual diagnosis and it is no walk in the park. Coping with mental illness alone can be very difficult and trying to recover from addiction and to stay sober carries its own troubles and burdens. Each one is a disease of the brain and they influence each other in complex ways.
If a little of something is good, a lot of it must be a lot better. Isn’t this the addict’s philosophy? As alcoholics and drug addicts move through the stages of recovery, they may find that they are replacing their obsession with alcohol or drugs with other things-TV, exercise, sex, cigarettes, food-to name a few. In some cases, the replacements appear innocuous, even healthy. Isn’t it better to spend your time at a gym than in a bar?
As addicts, we understand the importance of making a full recovery. We recognize we are not God and that we are not in control of our addictions. Our step programs have taught us that we have to become new in order to have a successful, long term recovery. However, complete renewal is not possible without spiritual recovery as well. It is only with a new spirit, a restoration of faith, that we truly become new.
Addiction, like other chronic diseases, can affect anyone – be they white, black, red, yellow or any other color. One’s religion or socioeconomic background doesn’t preclude one from become an addict. While we all know this – logically speaking, we are conditioned to think addiction only affects a certain demographic of people.
Follow the steps. Stay on course. Take it on day at a time. Remember you are not alone. For the recovering addict, these phrases are not new. We have heard them time and time again. They define our recovery and who we are now. The further we go through our recovery, the more we realize the strength and power of the program. As addicts, we have no choice but to rely on our recovery program because we know we cannot be clean alone. However, as Christians, we have to examine if our recovery programs are Biblical? Do they take the place of God, or do they walk side-by-side with Him?
When people think of addicts, they generally picture some down-and-out individual with no skills or opportunities. She’s a beggar or a prostitute and probably not qualified for much more than that. While the media has often portrayed addicts in this light, reality paints a different picture.