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Crisis in Suburbia: The Drug Epidemic

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By Alex Goreham, LCSW, CRADC, EMDR

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There is so much stigma surrounding drug use and drug addiction. It was often viewed as an inner-city problem faced by low-income families and young adults. In my experience, this stigma is intensified within the Evangelical Christian arena.… Read the rest →

Process Addiction: Understanding Impulsive and Addictive Behavior

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Process addictionThe concept of addiction to alcohol and other drugs is pretty well understood by most people. A chemical creates a reaction in the body that makes
us feel so good that it becomes impossible to live without it. But did you know we can react to behavioral stimuli in the exact same way?… Read the rest →

The Biggest Problem Christians Don’t Talk About

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By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional CounselorBiggest Problem Christians Don't Talk About

As a general rule, addictions are pretty much equal opportunity. Men and women are equally susceptible to them. And process addictions (gambling, eating, spending, sex) are no exception.

Marnie Ferree, a pioneer in the treatment of female sex and relationship addicts, calls sex the fastest growing addiction in the country, and the addiction of choice among Christians. Check out what she has to say on the topic and see if this doesn’t ring true:

“I don’t know if you have a picture in your mind of what a sexual addict looks like.

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How To Tell Someone They Need Help

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How to tell someone they need helpBy Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

You’re already picturing an intervention, right? Makes sense. We’ve been conditioned by pop culture to think interventions—a group of loved ones presenting a united front to tell a person battling addiction that they need help—are the first step you should take when telling someone they need help.… Read the rest →

Faster Isn’t Always Better: Why Delaying Gratification Pays Off

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woman deciding whether to eat apple or chocolateYou’re craving something sweet – what do you reach for? You’ve got a choice: a slice of chocolate cake or an apple. The cake will quickly satisfy your sweet tooth, but the apple is the healthier choice. What you decide to eat determines whether you want immediate gratification or can hold out for a delayed benefit.… Read the rest →

Addressing Alcoholism: How to Help Friends or Family with a Drinking Problem

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Giving adviceWe make choices every day on how to cope with stress. Some people use sports, the arts, or other hobbies to take their minds off of their problems, but what about the people who turn to alcohol? There’s a difference between having a social drink with friends after a long work week and needing alcohol to get through the day.… Read the rest →