Monday, January 12, 2009

Mixed Messages

Lily Allen quotes on Drugs and Religion

"I know lots of people who take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work. But we never hear that side of the story. I wish people wouldn’t sensationalise it. Some people are just bad at taking drugs... I felt like a lonely child, when everybody else was doing it and I wasn’t. That’s why I took cocaine when I didn’t even like it."

"I'm confused by religion ... I was brought up in a Catholic school and they told me gays were bad, adultery was bad, and drugs were bad. At the same time, all my mum's friends were gay, my dad was having various affairs, and there were drugs in the house when I was a kid – so it was a bit cruel."

Singer-Songwriter Lily Allen's Official Site

Self Addiction

Don Miller quotes on Addiction and Soul

"I hear addicts talk about the shakes and panic attacks and the highs and lows of resisting their habit, and to some degree I understand them because I have had habits of my own, but no drug is so powerful as the drug of self. No rut in the mind is so deep as the one that says I am the world, the world belongs to me, all people are characters in my play. There is no addiction so powerful as self addiction."

"The early bird catches the worm. But I have never been one for worms. I am not sure what the late bird catches but I will feast with him today. Probably porridge."

"Too much chicken soup for the soul is not a good thing. Working men eat meat and potatoes."

Author Don Miller's Official Website

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Addiction Stories

Personal Addiction Recovery Stories
"I started using cocaine at thirteen. Before, I was using marijuana and alcohol and it didn’t really work for me, so I wanted to step it up a level. I started using heroin when I was fifteen. I began using it to come down from cocaine and get some sleep. But I started liking the heroin high and started using it straight. Everyday, after awhile ... Now I’m drug free and ready to live my life." - Erica

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AA and Religion

Summary: Alcoholics Anonymous does not have a rigid, published "Theology" as such. Much of the talk you will hear in AA circles is based upon the co-founder Bill Wilson's (known as "Bill W.") spiritual journey. The beginning of Bill W.'s experiences can be found in pages 9-15 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous (The "Big Book") The 12 steps are adamant about God "As we understand Him". AA does not attempt to force their concept of God upon anyone else. The newcomer to AA will hear about how Bill W. found God, and how the other members came to believe, and hopefully, they will find a way to connect with God, themselves.

Alcoholics Anonymous' Theology - Is AA a Religion?

By A. L. Howard

AA is not a religion. It is a spiritual program. In a religion you do certain things or act certain ways to gain God's favor. But AA is a growing relationship between you and God (See the twelve steps. Search for the term "12 Steps" on AA's website They are also on pages 59-60 of the "Big Book"). You will not hear in AA that you have to act a certain way. Though people will make suggestions that work for themselves.

There are people from all faiths in AA. Most that I've met are Christians. But I'm sure in other parts of the world, the ratios are markedly different. Just like in other walks of life, some are more active and zealous than others. There are also many who have made AA their God. One guy I know has remained atheist. As far as I know, he's been sober over five years.

AA believes "come as you are" Even a rough concept of God (God as you understand Him) will be sufficient starting place. AA does not ask you to believe in God in the same way that they do. But most would agree that the program is based upon Biblical principles.

You'll usually not hear the name of Jesus much in AA, but He is there in many members' minds. The idea of the nameless "Higher power" is to draw people who have pre-conceived notions about God into the fellowship without scaring them off. A lot of people had bad experiences in sanctimonious churches and think the experiences are from God. Sad, but a fact of life.

AA is not intended to save your soul. I've heard it said many times, "Jesus saved my soul, but AA saved my skin". And it is true. If going to church by itself could keep a person sober, AA would never have had to form. Because most people went to church in the 1930s and before. And low-bottom alcoholics had virtually no hope of staying sober before AA.

AA's spiritual principles are almost without exception, straight out of the Bible -- focused on the areas that the alcoholic tends to lack. You can hear the spiritual principles here and there if you go to church often enough, but never cohesively enough to stick well enough to form a program in a person's mind. Especially a mind pickled by alcohol.

A.L. Howard is the founder of A recovering alcoholic (sober since 5-28-2003) and amateur Bible scholar. is designed to be a resource of Biblical Apologetics for the Layman Visit the site to explore Creation Science (creationism), cults, the occult, the 12 steps and much more.

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