Addiction

Cultivating Gratitude

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Rev. Forrest Parkinson, LMSW, LPOctober 24, 2018 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; Psalm 28:7a A new member of Alcoholics Anonymous was coming out of a difficult time. He had made a mess of his life in almost every area; his marriage and family relationships were strained to breaking, his job was on the line, he was facing health problems and his finances were in a bad way. He had a lot to be unhappy about. Everybody who was aware of his problems and cared for him dreaded that he would drink over his troubles as he had done for many years....

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Pornography

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By Chris Abatelli, LMHC October 15, 2016 An Honest Look at the Real Dangers Most people are reluctant to discuss the topic of pornography, often labeled ‘porn’ for short,  because it is either considered a taboo subject not to be discussed or it is seen as not being a problem, having become more acceptable in today’s society.   The rapid spread of pornography has become one of the digital age’s legacies because of the ease at finding and visiting online porn sites.  It is estimated in one random study that over 40 million people in the United States visit porn websites on a regular basis....

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Codependency: A Companion to Addiction

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by Janet SiryJanuary 28, 2015 A codependent relationship is one in which a person, ofte unknowingly, exhibits learned behaviors that support or enable the other person’s addiction, under-achievement, immaturity, or irresponsibility as a result of their own needs for personal approval, control or survival in an emotionally stressful family. During the 1980’s, researchers recognized that addiction and dysfunction in the family can alter howindividual members perceive the world around them. Before then, it was understood that alcoholics and addicts...

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