Descending into ADDICTION as a Spiritual Disease
Below is a description of how a person descends into alcoholism.
1. Drug/Alcohol sedates value system, which gets indifferent, confused
2. Grandiosity, perfectionism, pride
3. Intolerance of others, suspicion, disgust, argues
4. Religion getting sick, rigid, arrogant, unrealistic, disenchantment with childish idea of God
5. Loses interest in life, "Blues"
6. Guilt feelings, not "at ease" with God
7. Stops daily prayer, attends church out of habit or pretense
8. "Nobodiness" -- feels estranged, alienated, lonely
9. Immaturity, some irresponsibility
10. Life has no meaning
11. Anxiety, indefinable fears
12. Resentments: Angry with God, hostile to mention of religion, projects fear into concept of God as a tyrant
13. Moral deterioration: Dishonest, selfish
14. Loss of faith: Consciously rejects God, unconsciously longs for Him, a "sick love" relation
15. Remorse: Depression, suicidal thoughts, impaired thinking
16. Vague spiritual desires
17. Gropes for spiritual meaning
HITS BOTTOM (USES DRUGS/ALCOHOL TO COPE WITH PROBLEMS OF USING
Ascending Aspects of Alcoholism Recovery
ADMISSION THAT HELP IS NEEDED (ALLOWS TREATMENT TO MOVE FORWARD
This is a list of how a person can ASCEND into alcoholism recovery.
1. In spiritual fog
2. Honest desire for help
3. Vague notion of Higher Power
4. New faith: "Came to believe"
5. Hope dawns: Can be restored to sanity
6. Thirst for God examined (hard struggle for some)
7. Second BOTTOM: Existential crisis
8. Acceptance (surrender, turnabout)
9. Conversion: "Let go and let God"
10. Trust: "Thy will be done"
11. Appreciates possibility of new way of life
12. Patience: "One day at a time"
13. Forgiveness: Not "Why did I?" but "forgive me"
14. Reconciliation: personal relationship "at ease" with God just
15. Humbly asks God to remove shortcomings
16. False ego deflated
17. Return of self-esteem (God not a rescuer)
18. Honesty: Makes amends
19. Promptly admits when wrong
20. Courage. Optimism, new freedom
21. Rebirth of ideals
22. Appreciation of spiritual values
24. Increased tolerance of others
25. Serenity, peace of soul, joy
26. Prayer and meditation
27. Growth in proper concept of God
28. Deeper relation to God as a loving God
29. Unselfish: Goes to others because God loves them
30. "Weller than Well" -- higher than believed possible
Alcoholism Recovery Successful!
Ned Wicker is the Addictions Recovery Chaplain at Waukesha Memorial Hospital Lawrence Center He author's a website for alcoholism support:
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