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Pillars of Spiritual Healing: The Power of God and Addictions

I would like for you to imagine that you are in the center of a circle...

The circle is composed of your feelings towards God; your feelings towards yourself; your feelings towards friends and relatives.

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Now, remember that since you are nurturing an addiction, to which you are seeking healing, there is a lot of pollution inside the circle.

Mistakes, sins, lack of wisdom leading to issues in which one might question the integrity and response from God. The bad experiences in one’s life can be conducive to question God’s goodness, bringing our beings into conflict.

 

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These bad experiences might create feelings of shame, resentment, anxiety, and anguish, especially when dealing with an addiction. Within your being, two events are happening at once. The emotional balance God structured for your soul and heart is tainted. And the mental and physical balance the body needed to function well lacks a healthy equilibrium.

These events have spiritual origins:

In the Garden of Eden, God created the most perfect environment in which man could live and thrive. More so, God provided the gift of life wrapped in wholesome, good, healthy, and loving features (Genesis 1).

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This came to an abrupt change due to the jealousy of Satan to God’s creation, mankind. Satan planned the attack and crafted doubt in the mind of man from the beginning of Creation.

Indeed, in Genesis 3: 1-5

We read Satan planted a spiritual poison with a question mounted in distrust, “Did God really say?” As if Satan has not done enough, he continues with the cementing of doubt in the mind and heart of men. Genesis 3:4 to 5 explains the serpent used vocabulary that increases the distrust for God, “You would not certainly die…you would be like God…knowing from good and evil.”

In the realm of the spirit, these actions lead men to doubt God’s premises of goodness and life giving directives. It is from that abrupt change to which you and many others question God’s responses to us when things go terribly wrong.

In simple words, doubting God removes the dependence from God and places the dependence in the object of the addiction.

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The doubt is spiritual in nature and births confusion and negative emotions. The doubt is spiritual in nature and births confusion and negative emotions. This is the reason why you need to see this dislocation of dependence with the eyes of the spirit and not necessarily with the eyes of the flesh.

In fact, it is in the book of Genesis in which we find the first men and women demonstrating this shame and other negative emotions. When God asks why were Adam and Eve hiding (Gen. 3: 8), Adam responded, “I was afraid because I was naked…I hid” (Gen. 3:10). I hid indicates shame. Satan’s action, to which Adam acted on, created a deep barrier between God and his creation.

  Afraid and in shame Adam hid.   
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Shame is as a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. The first man whose connection to God was pure now was marred in Adam removing himself from the divine worth provided to him by God. For the first time, shame enters the conversation between God and man.

In this Adam felt inadequate and inferior in front of God.

The most important battle then becomes if I am separated from God as a result of a cosmic battle, which began at the moment of Creation, by a powerful and deceiving enemy and the disobedience of the first human being...

What can I possibly do to ensure success in my recovery from an addiction?

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3 Steps to Balancing Your Gut – Aiding You in the Recovery from Addiction

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If you've ever abused drugs or alcohol, or even junk food for that matter, you probably have an imbalanced gut, or dirty gut.  Recovery is as much about the mind and spirit as it is about the physical and body.  In this article, you will learn 3 powerful tips to cleansing and renewing your gut in order to give yourself a better opportunity to recovery from addiction, along with the specific products recommended by one of the nation’s leading detox clinics to facilitate the process.

For most of us, bacteria, intestinal health, and the digestive system are not an attractive subject matter.  Just the word bacteria conjures images of filth, sickness, and disease in most people’s minds.  But the truth is that we have 150 trillion bacterial cells in our bodies compared to only 10 trillion human cells.  It’s estimated that up to 3 pounds worth of bacteria exists in our stomachs and intestines alone.

“In our bodies, bacteria help us digest complex carbohydrates, help us absorb various nutrients (including B’s which are essential for mental health), help to manufacture neurotransmitters (upwards of 90% of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of calm, confidence and positivity, is manufactured in the gut). Just with that information alone, one can see that there is a significant connection between gut health and mental health. But there’s more. The bacteria in our gut is fundamental in detoxifying our bodies of the myriad toxins that enter our bodies via our food and medications, our skin and the air we breathe. http://laurahalpin.com/blog/time-to-get-dirty-the-essentials-of-healthy-gut-bacteria/

How to Properly Balance Your Gut – 3 Steps

These steps are simple and will aid your ability to recover the ecosystem that is your gut, from the toxins and imbalances caused by drug and alcohol addiction, not to mention many of the bad foods many of us eat daily. By applying these steps, you will increase your bodies ability to heal and produce serotonin.  This is not medical advice and you should consult your doctor before engaging in any diet or exercise regimen. The products were recommended by Dr. Sponaugle of Florida Detox.

Step 1 –

Cleanse Your Gut and Intestines

The first step in this process is to gently cleanse your stomach and intestines. The recommended product for this process is Intestinew by Renewlife. The reason for this product being recommended is because their approach is to gently perform the removal of toxins, yeast, and waste matter as opposed to shocking the system like some other gut renewal systems do. This product is gluten free and will not only aid you in cleansing toxins and bad bacteria, but will also improve your ability to absorb nutrients in the stomach lining. More information on this product can be found at http://www.renewlife.com/intestinew.html.

Step 1 should be performed in the morning.

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Step 2 –

Replace the Good Bacteria

The second step in this process is to replace the good bacteria in the gut using probiotics. The recommended product for this process is Ultimate Flora Critical Care, also by Renewlife. This product is recommended for a couple reasons, but mostly because it includes a large culture count of 50 billion.  You will be able to find cheaper probiotics but the amount of cultures will be much less which means it will be less effective.

Since this article is related to correcting the extreme detrimental effects of addiction on the gut, a higher culture count is essential. Information on this product can be found at http://www.renewlife.com/ultimate-flora-probiotics/ultimate-flora-critical-care-50-billion.html.

Step 2 can be done 30 minutes to an hour after step 1, with or without food.

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Step 3 –

Go On a Cycle of Super Vitamins

The third step is to go on a cycle of using extremely powerful super vitamins to aid the body in this rejuvenation process. The product recommended for this process is called Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Revitalization System by Enzymatic. This product was chosen because it includes a breath taking array of vitamins and it is in powder mix form which means you drink it. This may benefit the absorption process which is unfortunately where most vitamins fail.

More information on this product can be found at http://www.enzymatictherapy.com/Products/Energy/Daily-Energy/03250-Fatigued-to-Fantastic-Energy-Revitalization.aspx. Also to note is that it does include a minimal amount of dairy in the form of 0.6 grams lactose and 0.9 grams casein for proteins in the form of whey proteins. This is about 1/8 of the amount of lactose found in an 8 oz. glass of milk, and they do recommend not taking any other multi vitamin other then calcium while using their super vitamin mix.

Step 3 can be done any time after steps 1 and 2, and preferably with food or immediately after eating.

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Recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism is complicated, and must be treated at many different levels.  By cleansing and restoring the balance of your digestive ecosystem, you will:

  1. Remove toxins and waste from your stomach, intestines, and colon
  2. Be able to better absorb nutrients
  3. More efficiently produce serotonin
  4. Have more energy and supply your body with essential vitamins

If you’d like to find out more information about the Providence Women’s Recovery program and our holistic approach to overcoming addiction and implementing a recovery life style through the power of Christ, counseling, and the therapeutic community, visit our site at Providence Women's Recovery or give us a call at 706-229-7775.