Spiritual unmanageability grows out of physical and emotional unmanageability, and it is the most pernicious. I find myself wondering at God’s apparent indifference, and this despair hollows me out from the inside. God’s seeming disregard vexes me, and makes me irritable and impatient. Prayers don’t seem to work. I’m getting no results. Where is mercy? Where is love?
What do addiction recovery and religious conversion have in common? (Originally published in the Journal of Human Development)
A memorable and insightful article written by an anonymous female professor at an American research university in 2002. The entire article is shown below, or you can view it on the University of Arizona website here.
Dear Jeff and Debra, Our 29-year- old daughter is just completing inpatient treatment for alcoholism. We think she’s done well in treatment, but she doesn’t seem interested in her aftercare plan. What can we do to encourage her? –Anxious Parents
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“Make me a channel of your peace….” —Prayer of St. Francis We can all admire the prayer attributed to St. Francis, no matter what our pastoral, teaching, or care-giving role. But what can I do to keep my own channel clear? Having worked as an addiction counselor for decades, I know something about crisis management […]
Dear Jeff and Debra, My wife has an alcohol problem, and she knows it. She’s admitted she’s an alcoholic. After trying to quit on her own, she tried going to a few AA meetings, but nothing seems to work. I don’t know how to help her. She’s tried everything. What do you suggest?
Dear Jeff and Debra, My husband went to treatment, but he started drinking again after he got home. He was only there nine days, but it didn’t seem to help at all. What can we do? I’m so frustrated!