E-1 UNDERSTANDING: Substance Abuse 1: After one year of recovery from my broken leg. Now July 2015….

Well! I was greatly encouraged this morning when I opened my email and discovered an email including the latest comment for thewillowsfreedomhouse.com blog. Thank you all. I was completely surprised when I discovered I had 30 comments waiting for my response. It is time to get back to business and allow others the same encouragement I have received as I have witnessed God’s amazing Grace and His hand on the lives of those He sent me to here.

Give me a little time to get things organized. I hope to have a couple share their struggle to recover from substance abuse recovery. I have now been in here for 4 years. God has given me the privilege of walking closely with a specific family as they determined to take back their lives…what a journey they are on…. What a journey I am on! When we have God on our side, we can do anything!

Sorry no images or photos. I am a writer/author by trade, so text is my thing. I do my best to write descriptively so my readers are able to image what is written.

Give me a week and I will have something for you…

The persons I hoped would share their testimonies continued to struggle for their freedom…one made it the others continue in bondage. Please refer to my blog page: Final Word on Substance Abuse.

38 thoughts on “E-1 UNDERSTANDING: Substance Abuse 1: After one year of recovery from my broken leg. Now July 2015….”

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    1. Thank you for your interest. I am wondering why readers seemingly only have access to this one entry. Are you not able to access my more recent articles?

      I think you are asking for more on the subject of recovery. My experience over the past 5 years while working with families in varying stages of recovery is that recovery seems to be an ongoing, never ending process for some. For others, who have truly received a powerful encounter with Jesus and His amazing healing power, freedom indeed is experienced and they move forward into a completely new life with almost unlimited options for what they might do from here on. leaving behind the stigma of once a loser, always a loser. I hate stigmas. It is like stepping in some horrible sticky stuff that you can’t wash off your shoes and follows you everywhere like a dark nasty gunk.

      The most challenging aspect of drug and alcohol dependency that I have seen is the lack of education which stunts and limits hopes and dreams for an abundant future. If I could draw a bottom line for this unfortunate category of life it would be. If you haven’t encountered Christ’s power of deliverance in your body and mind then go into long term rehab…my recommendation is one of the Dream Centers (men’s in Calgary, AB and women’s in Edmonton, AB) spend the year (or 2) getting your life clean and sorted out; AND THEN IMMEDIATELY register for some sort of advanced education program. Of course grade 12 equivalent is the first place (I discovered that those I was working with actually did not exceed Gr 3. If someone tests at grade 3 then start there. As a former tutor that’s how I handled working with children with reading challenges…always start at THEIR beginning and move forward from there.) Once the basic education is achieved then move forward into something that truly interests you: whether academics at a higher level, such as college or university. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing a trade. One thing I still would like to do is sign up for cooking school. Always wanted to open a restaurant. For some reason we are conditioned to think that we must have a university education…and this is fine if you are wanting a complete universal education, but if you are wanting to specialize in a trade then there should be no further concern that one must have a university education to enjoy their life or provide for their family. EDUCATION IS ALL GOOD! The Bible says so much about the importance of knowledge in Proverbs. I agree. If I was 20 years younger I would continue to pursue greater knowledge of more of my interests.

      I referred to several different categories of dependency recovery: some ongoing and unresolved, some provided complete freedom after encountering the power of Jesus. But there are many also who have “seen-the-light”, so to speak, and simply made the decision to turn around and head in another direction, leaving the drugs, alcohol and other sticky stuff behind. My absolute congratulations to all who have moved forward. This brings to mind a scripture:

      Phil 3:13-14 Phil 3:13-14
      13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. 14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
      (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
      Amen!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I have been writing for 23 years; I started the blog 3 years ago and then the broken leg/ankle, delaying any further input. My time is now such that I am able to get to it again. Hope my blogs are informative, inspirational and strengthening for those that follow. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Blogging about 3 years with a “break” in between. Nice to hear you enjoy the site and content. My next subject is “Why Pray”, should be out within the week. Stay tuned! Hope to hear from you again. (A writer/author for approx 23 years.)

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      Regarding inspiring writers. I have been asked this question a number of times. Recently, I considered writing my next book here, using my blog platform by adding a page, starting right from the outline stage to the final edited copy ready for publishing. Watch for it. If I can make the time, I will get to it.

      Of course everything that was available to me to bring out the God-given-gift is available to every aspiring writer: education (anything from on-line writer’s courses, local continuing ed night school courses, books; to, most importantly, a trusted editor: that is an editor that does not rewrite your work to sound like it is their own! I had this experience a number of years ago when I was green-as-grass, publishing a neighborhood magazine. My editor rewrote every story and every story came out sounding like her own work. She was a very good writer, but not such a good editor. She was using other’s stories, really, as outlines for her own thoughts. You want someone who is good at grammar, spelling, word meaning, awkward phrasing and is able to spot the junk (verbal diarrhea, mostly). All writers have pet errors and with a good editor you will learn from your editor and grow into a writing style that is your own; clear, understandable and effective in what you are trying to convey.

      My most valuable lesson as a writer was my first year at university. I had an English prof that made his students rewrite every paper before he would assign a grade. This was absolutely life changing and established my ability to take criticism and take the time to rewrite and edit my own work before my editor received it. I edited my first book 15 times before sending to my editor. It also makes it so much easier for them if a writer takes the time to clean up their work (especially clarity of thought) before they receive the manuscript. Back to the English prof…the A I received for my first composition was slathered in red markings, most of his scribbles I had to research to know what they meant. Today when I write anything for my blog I normally compose it in a Word file first; review for content, edit for grammar and then copy and paste into my blog. I don’t use an editor at this stage. Blog writing is more like the pre-editor stage of my writing. I consider each post as a possible chapter for my next book. With that in mind I do my best to do my 15 edits before posting. I don’t always have time to do this thoroughly and I am sure if I have any English majors reading my work they will surely identify some funky grammar stuff.

      What is it that you want the reader to take-away? What is it that you want them to understand?

      If you are a faith-in-God sort of person this will resonate. God instructed me to write what I have seen and heard. It is completely the basis for my writing. I do not write what others have seen and heard (without siting my sources). I try to stay away from my own little hobby horse opinions and I stick to what I personally have seen and heard, thus experienced. I have enough life behind me to have seen and heard a lot. If you are 16 years old and you have lived something in depth and detail then you can confidently write about it, but stay away from immature (no life experience) opinions and diatribes.

      Well, hope this gives you a little insight and helps you break forth into a wonderful season of literary genius!

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      Let me know how you are doing. I would very much like to see some of your work. By the way, I have reread and edited this little post 5 times and made assorted corrections…grammar and clarity. Hope it is a clear and concise read for you. Look forward to hearing from you again.

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