“Wait in the Car.”

You’re a mess. Pain. All through your body. Thirsty. Shaking. So sick. You speech is rapid, your words running together. You keep looking over at your nine-year-old son and thinking, “He can wait in the car. No big deal.” Then, the last rational thought you have (just before grabbing your keys, your son, and rushing …

Vaping of Marijuana on the Rise Among Teens

More teenagers in the United States are vaping marijuana than ever before. Health and addiction experts believe vaping is more dangerous than smoking it in a joint, pipe, or bong. Between 2017 and 2019 the percentage of teens who reported using marijuana within the past month had risen from 13.9% to 15.4%. However, studies done …

“Why Can’t I Stop Watching Porn?!”

HABITUAL SINS SEEM impossible to stop. I've been there many times. As is often the case, I stepped far outside morality while in active addiction—stealing money and medications from family and friends; using someone's bathroom only to raid their medicine cabinet. Victory came only after I turned to Jesus with an honest and willing spirit. …

Roadkill

Rain splashes down,mingling with tearsand blurring reality.I feel detached, buried beneath theremains of bad decisions.Disorder and distressnow the great clarioncall, I wear wearinesslike a wet cloak. I amsoaked to the core,shaky, weak, and tired. I learn to fly, soaring high above failure, somewhere over the horizon,far from from the stench of broken dreams and pathetic …

Integrative Perspectives on Psychology and Christian Counseling

IN THE PAST, Evangelical church leaders have notoriously denounced psychology, choosing to rely only on Christian doctrine and biblical principles when counseling individuals. Lately, there is an effort in play to integrate psychological principles and therapies with Christian theology. As a Christian, I remain committed to the spiritual truths of original sin, man's sin nature, …

Drug Use Severity in Adolescence Affects Substance Use Disorder Risk in Adulthood

NIH-funded study shows screening for substance use disorder in teens may help predict adult prescription drug use and misuse and prevent overdose. April 1, 2022NIDA News Release People who reported multiple symptoms consistent with severe substance use disorder at age 18 exhibited two or more of these symptoms in adulthood, according to a new analysis …

Making Addiction Treatment More Realistic and Pragmatic: The Perfect Should Not be the Enemy of the Good

From the blog of Dr. Nora VolkowJanuary 4, 2022 Last year saw drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpass an unthinkable milestone: 100,000 deaths in a year. This is the highest number of drug overdoses in our country’s history, and the numbers are climbing every month. There is an urgent need for a nationwide, coordinated response that …

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