We Thirst: Lessons In Mercy Christian Reflections On Addiction
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
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WE THIRST: LESSONS IN MERCY
Christian Reflections on Addiction
(Each night is 2 hours in length
The entire series is 8 hours)
EVENING ONE: BIOLOGY
This four-week series begins with a focus on the biology of addiction.
We will take a fairly in- depth look at the latest scientific theories of how exactly substances affect the body and the mind. Dependence, tolerance, relapse and denial are just some of the many topics that will be explored. The second half of the evening will include the numerous options available for those seeking recovery including medications, therapies, various support groups and more. Each week introduces a particular virtue that can be practiced, especially during times of crisis. This week’s virtue: prudence.
EVENING TWO: PSYCHOLOGY
Week two’s focus is on some of the psychological theories that perhaps best explain the use of substances. We will journey through our human growth and development to consider our core wounds and the layers and layers of traits that we wear for protection which ultimately cause more harm than good. We will see that the common denominator in all our misguided attempts (whether using substances or
not) is the desire to avoid more pain. The second half of the evening will include what is necessary to make the journey back to our true selves buried deep within. This week’s virtue: empathy.
EVENING THREE: SOCIOLOGY
This third week’s topic is on the impact of substance abuse on society, with a special focus on the small society of the family. We will learn why exactly addiction is referred to as a “family disease” and how exactly others in the family can become affected when they are not ingesting a substance. Themes such as blame, shame, anger, guilt, grief, caring, codependence, and much more will be explored. As always, the second half of the evening focuses on various solutions as well as some positive changes that are happening in society. This week’s virtue: courage.
EVENING FOUR: SPIRITUALITY
The series concludes with an examination of our spiritual nature and how and why spirituality is an important part of the recovery process.
Oftentimes the use of a substance is a misguided attempt to quench a spiritual thirst or craving. We will explore the missing piece to the puzzle of our lives, the God-shaped hole within each of us, and the only real way that this void can be filled. This week we will discuss not one, but three virtues: faith, hope, and love.
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