Save Our Spirits

Dedicated to helping you get in touch with your spirit and with life again.
Dedicated to promoting wellness and a sense of being whole in all areas of our lives.
Dedicated to helping people live their lives joyfully, strongly, fully and freely.

Become whole. Become who you are in the here and now.
Become who you were created to be - a reflection of love.
   Heal your body.      Heal your mind.      Heal your soul.

Addiction resources


Please remember that I am not a doctor or any kind of medical or mental health professional. The information posted on this site is based upon my own personal experience and research. I do not give
mental health or medical advice nor should any information on this site be taken as any kind of medical advice. This is only an attempt to make you aware of new developments, different options and other choices so that you can decide for yourself how you want to handle your recovery.

I recommend that you have emotional support and guidance available at all times if possible. I also suggest consulting a qualified professional that can help guide you through the emotional releases, setting up a program and other issues.

There are so many qualified professionals out there who have done some great books, web sites and videos for anyone seeking help. I prefer to send you to their sites because I feel that you will be better served by these professionals rather than me trying to explain any of it when they do such a great job. I give you my experiences in my section of articles and in the book but the following articles, books, web sites and videos are done by others, many who are experts in their own right and areas of expertise. I would give them credit for their hard work and send you to information from qualified professionals so that you can better make fully informed decisions about your health.

Which box are you stuck in? It is possible to get out.


Ask yourself what it is that you do not want to feel, acknowledge or deal with at the present moment and what you are trying to escape.

Addiction is not limited to drugs and alcohol. A behavior can be an addiction if it becomes something you cannot live without. A person can be addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, sex, pornography, video  games, the Internet, exercise, plastic surgery, base jumping, skydiving,  adrenaline rushing or anything that becomes a priority and takes over your life and serves to distract you from something that you do not wish to see or feel in your life..

I smoked cigarettes to block out all the feelings and things in my life that I felt I wasn’t able to feel comfortably, handle or deal with emotionally. I used cocaine because all I could feel at that point that was getting my attention was pain and I used the cocaine to NUMB the pain so that I couldn’t feel the pain.

I used cocaine and other drugs so that I could keep moving and not end up dead or curled up in the corner unable to move. The psych meds were no longer helping. I felt flat and lifeless. This flat feeling was worse and definitely scarier than the depression. I drank so that I could use more cocaine because the drug kept me happy at the time. Eventually though, even the drugs that I thought were my friends, became my enemies.

I used food to help me not be present with my feelings that I was uncomfortable with such as fear or the trauma. I also used weight as a buffer so that I felt protected from harm. When I was thin, I got lots of attention and at one point I didn’t want that kind of attention anymore so I no longer cared that I was overweight. It kept me safe if nobody was paying attention to me.  It also helped keep me safer when the trauma symptoms were surfacing in therapy but I was eating more sugar because I had not yet learned how to deal with the trauma yet.  I think that I was using food to push the trauma symptoms down and that is why I put on weight at that time after I quit smoking. The weight also served as protection and to keep others away, including men, because I did not feel strong enough or safe enough emotionally around them.


I no longer suffer from cravings for drugs, alcohol or cigarettes on a daily basis or most of the time for that matter. I might have a craving for a cigarette once in a great while but that's about it. I don't crave any kind of drug or alcohol. 



See the above link for an article from the Mayo clinic about addiction. This article talks about the signs of addiction, the symptoms, the effects of different types of drugs, types of treatment for addiction and other very useful information. Give it a go if you would like some help or want to know where to start getting help or even if you don’t even know if you are addicted to drugs or not.


Admitting that there is a problem is the first step to healing.



 Web sites:       
Alcoholics Anonymous.  

We provide information on addictions to alcohol, tobacco, illicit and prescription drugs. We also have connections with hundreds of treatment centers across the United States. Our goal at Addiction Center is to connect those with addictions to the help they need to put their lives back together.  
Characteristics of adult children of alcoholics.              
“Adult Children of Alcoholics Screening Quiz.”                  
Information about addiction, recovery, relapse prevention, coping skills, detoxifying the body, resources and more.                               
24 hour rehab hotline. Information, resources and referral center


“No life, however dirty and broken, is beyond redemption.

Or beyond hope.”


Al-Anon web site. Information and resources.                          
Information and resources for counseling and rehab programs.     Best Drug Rehabilitation Services (MI)
“Because each person suffering from alcohol or drug addiction is unique, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers an equally unique way to help each individual overcome his or her addiction. Unlike other rehabilitation programs that may offer a single, set course that everyone must follow, we offer five different paths to recovery. People are free to choose which path best aligns with their own needs, lifestyle, beliefs and strategies to work most successfully for them.”     Web site for a long-term treatment facility that addresses the whole person. Located in Texas. "Our long-term residential treatment program focuses on clinical treatment of the chronic relapse and is centered in spiritual 12-Step recovery, developing accountability and integrity, and enhancing the road to recovery." 
“Battle Command to  Use Against Evil Spirits.”    
Effects of oxycodone or oxycontin use on the body and other information.


“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”


                                                                              -Mother Teresa 
An article on the benefits of group therapy for drug and alcohol addiction.                 
DBT ( Dialectical Behavior Therapy) vs. a 12-step program for treating addiction.       
DBT. Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Handouts, worksheets, lessons and research articles. The core of the therapy is mindfulness. Crisis survival skills for emotional regulation. You can do this alone or in group therapy.

In fact, the drug and alcohol addictions were very useful in shutting down my mind. I say this because I was overrun with mind and I had to shut down my mind with the substances so that somewhere I could get in touch with my heart again without all the endless chatter going on upstairs. It was a total rearranging of priorities and it led me Home. So for all of those out there struggling with an addiction of some kind, take heart. There really is a logical reason for your desire to dull your mind. Consider that your heart and your spirit are trying to show you the way if you will just stop to visit with them for a bit.[1]

        A common experience observed in therapy groups and clinics is
        that drug abusers do not recover if they continue to listen to 
        heavy metal rock; a one-year follow up…indicated that not a 
        single cocaine user who continued to listen to this violent and 
        negative music recovered.[2]
An article on the effect of different types of music such as rock & roll and classical on the human brain, plants and animals.           
EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This treatment is used mostly to help trauma victims resolve the trauma without reliving the event.
EFT. Emotional Freedom Technique. A technique of tapping certain locations on the body to achieve relief from anxiety or other emotional disturbances. Works like acupuncture except there are no needles, only tapping on the acupressure points. 
Alternative medicine and health information.        
Why it is so hard to quit smoking.                   
The effects of heroin abuse on the body.


“…It’s kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.”

                                                                                         -Robert Crumb                          
National Resource on Recovery. Resources for Executive Drug Rehab, Teen Rehab, Inpatient Rehab, Men’s and Women’s Rehab, Sober Living Homes, Dual Diagnosis, Bipolar, Assisted Living Homes and many, many more resources. Check this site if you need to find a facility..       
What  is the “victim mentality” and how it relates to addiction.      
“Breaking pornography addiction.”    
Information about pornography addiction. 
“Are you under attack without realizing it?”

Here is a list of fifty top resources to help you stop drinking, as well as help in other areas you might be having difficulty.                            
A site with information and resources to help you quit smoking cigarettes.

People commonly use alcohol, marijuana and other non-prescription drugs to dull their feelings. Usually they do not fool themselves into believing they are somehow improving the function of their minds and brains. Yet when people take psychiatric drugs, they almost always do so without realizing that the drugs ‘work’ by disrupting brain function, that the drugs cause withdrawal effects, and that they frequently result in dangerous and destructive mental reactions and behaviors.[3]  
The effects of meth on the body. Information about detoxifying and rehab treatment.                        
TFT. Thought Field Therapy. A technique which use tapping on certain parts of the body to help change a thought pattern.
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Dealing with the effects of trauma-A self-help guide.” One of the best articles that I have read on the subject of trauma.                                 
Recovery resources online.    
Information for children of alcoholics (even “dry” alcoholic parents) and how alcohol affects our lives and relationships.                                          
Addiction and recovery information.  
The effects, beneficial and harmful, of marijuana use on the body and the immune system.        
“Most Men are Victims of Porn.”                  
Information on the symptoms of substance withdrawal.

"Addiction affects millions of people worldwide. Some hide their addictions, others can’t help but to expose the world to their problem. For most reaching crisis mode in their addiction is the time they choose to quit. What they face when stopping the use of drugs or alcohol is going to be overwhelming, even painful, this is the withdrawal period."                                             
Byron Katie’s web site. “The work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the fear, violence, depression, frustration, and suffering in the world. Experience the happiness of undoing those thoughts through The Work, and allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful and creative nature.”

        Not too long ago I said to a friend, “I died once but I’m 
      better now.” He reminds me of the humor in this from time to
      time. Nobody knows why we do the things we do until we’re 
      willing to peel the onion to get to the core of all our bullshit.
      I found out a lot about myself when I was finally ready to do 
      so-not all bad, by the way.

Sixx, Nikki, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, New York, NY, 
               Pocket Books, 2007, page not numbered.       The power within – finding solutions to problematic substance abuse.



                                                                                                “Addicted Brain” by kobrain.

“THE ADDICT ‘Wild Card Family’ by Caroline Myss Ph.D.” by ALMITRAOCEAN.

                              “Addiction & Recovery: Lessons from the 12 Steps” by sunshinecoast001.

                                                                        “Step 1 of the 12 steps” by sobrietytelevision.

                                                            “Addiction Help Online Recovery Program’ by oaalrp.

                                                                        “Alcoholism Part A” by KathleenGardens.

                                                            An illustrated story on some of the causes of alcoholis

                        “Am I Hungry? Workshop 3 - It’s Not About the Food” by amihungrydoctor.

                     “A Missing Piece to Overeating: Why Diets Fail” by Dr. Orloff’s Intuition and  Emotional Freedom Channel.


 Flashbacks suck when you don’t know how to handle them

or the feelings that they bring up.

                            “Amy Winehouse –Rehab”  by AmyWinehouseVEVO.                                                                             

“Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability” by TEDtalksDirector.

“Breakdown = spiritual awakening” – Brene Brown

“Bon Jovi – Something For The Pain” by JonBonJoviVEVO.

            “Deep Feeling Therapy: Healing Emotional Pain with Dr. Paul Hanning” by phanning.

   “Individual Discusses Addiction Treatment and GLBTQ Program” by addictiontreatment.

A gentleman talks about his addiction treatment, the underlying causes for his addiction and how he believes the coping skills learned in treatment will help him in his recovery.

                                    “Jack Osbourne Drug Addiction Recovery - PROMIS” by abc5971.

“John Bradshaw Discusses the Addiction Treatment Recovery Process” by themeadowswickenburg.

                                 “Marsha Linehan - Mindfulness Skills &DBT I” by FACESConferences

                               “Marsha Linehan - Mindfulness Skills & DBT II” by FACESConferences.

                             “Marsha Linehan - Mindfulness Skills & DBT III” by FACESConferences.

                             “Marsha Linehan - Mindfulness Skills & DBT IV” by FACESConferences.

                               “Marsha Linehan - Mindfulness Skills & DBT V” by FACESConferences.

“Mental Health and Therapy: What Is Group Counseling?” by eHow.

Many people like one-on-one counseling. I did for years; however, I got to the point where I was ready to learn new skills and start letting people around me so that I could learn to communicate more effectively and in a healthier manner. I was nervous at first but I found group therapy to be a comforting and supportive environment with others who were having the same difficulties that I was having. Feeling like I was not alone and that others felt the same way I did helped me quite a bit in recovering.

“Group Therapy Isn’t….” by UofUCounselingCenter.

My group therapy sessions were limited to a maximum of 12 people for comfort

“Introduction to Group Counseling” by GTCounseling.

“Journey Into Self – Carl Rogers” by emzocage.

“Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health: Thich Nhat Hanh.”

                                                                                    “My First Day of DBT” by LinzBelle.

“OxyCodone Addiction” by euphorial.

“Queen – Spread Your Wings” by QueenVEVO.

                                           “Real Faces of Meth ‘New’ Video - Burton Films” by GenSpilleR.

            Take a look at these photos and see what meth will do to you over time. It isn’t pretty.

 Sad actually what happens to our spirits.

                                           “RecoveryMonth, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.”

           “Spirit-Led Recovery from Addiction - by Lonnie Mackley” by LonnieMackley.

                                                                        “Suicide: The Tragic Statistics” by catloverKD.

How many suicide attempts each year? Around 500,000 in the U.S.

How many people are committing SLOW suicide

with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food and more?

                                                                        “Teen Drug Statistics” by AddictionCoalition.

            “Prevention of Teen Drug Abuse.wmv [describes types and kinds of drugs] by mega0313.

                                    “Top-10 Ways to Identify Co-Dependency” by AtTheWellMinistries.

                        “Top-10 Actions to Break Co-Dependency [Part 1]” by AtTheWellMinistries.

“This is EMDR [Eye Desensitization and Reprocessing] - Part 1" by jshafertx.

“True Freedom From Addictions – Lana Pritzker” by Americast.

                        “Wayne Dyer/How God Tells You It’s Time For a Change” by iknowthesecret.

“Whitney Houston – I Look To You” by WhitneyHoustonVEVO.

                                                                      “Whitney Houston- Step by Step” by WhitneyHoustonVEVO. 

[1] Awaken Joy, page _________. [The book is not finished yet.]

[2] Hawkins, David, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior,  West Sedona, AZ, Veritas Publishing, 2004, pg. 221.





 If you were happy in all ways and all areas of your life ----- would you ever want to take too many drinks, take those psych drugs, smoke, overeat or take any kind of drug to change what you were feeling?

Just a question for you to consider. I'm not talking about a glass of wine with dinner or a piece of pie for dessert. I'm talking about daily use, lots of use and if it is something that you cannot stop or feel that you could live without at this point.

If you do any of these things to excess, would you wish for you children to live their lives in the same manner that you are living your life?

... because that is what we are teaching our kids about how to handle their problems and their life. Our children learn how to use drugs to handle their problems because that is what we are teaching them or because they do not know how to handle their feelings or they want to fit in or something.

As a result of what I have done, I no longer have any desire for drugs, alcohol, smoking, psych drugs or other substances. I do have difficulty with eating too much some days because I am uncomfortable with what I am feeling, but not every day or all day like I used to feel about drugs and alcohol and cigarettes.I'm not perfect and I'm still learning and struggling. What about you?

This is why I feel that we could use some real improvements in programs that would help us heal our wounds and help us learn new skills and such. Maybe it wouldn't solve all of our problems but I think it would go a long way in helping to improve our lives in many ways.


Essentially, all addictions are the consequence of addiction to the pleasure response itself by whatever means…These behaviors may range from predatory multibillionaire financial schemes to serial child rape and murder, but the underlying mechanism is the same… Addictions are not extinguished by negative consequences, no matter how dire. Therefore, they are not comprehensible to the average normal person who thinks that a prison term will deter criminality.

Hawkins, David, Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, W. Sedona, AZ, Veritas Publishing, 2006, pp.128-129.


People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives.

Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:

  • To fit in
  • To escape or relax
  • To relieve boredom
  • To seem grown up
  • To rebel
  • To experiment

They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem.

Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.

Foundation for a Drug-Free America. Information and resources.


Why Do Sally And Johnny [or anyone or any kid for that matter] Use Drugs?
By Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health


Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

Cannabis: What’s the Harm (Part 1)


Studies have shown that a person’s brain is not fully developed until they are in their twenties. This means that a teenager may not completely understand the consequences of their actions and may often act impulsively. Teens are more likely to engage in “bad” behavior when they are drinking; including driving drunk, getting in to fights, taking drugs, or having sex. It also means that alcohol effects a teen’s brain differently than it would an adult’s brain. Adolescents can experience difficulty with learning and memory. Also, a teen’s repeated exposure to alcohol can cause permanent damage to the brain.

Read more:


"Much in the same way I wouldn't let my own children drink alcohol, I wouldn't permit marijuana until they are adults," he writes. "If they are adamant about trying marijuana, I will urge them to wait until they're in their mid-20s when their brains are fully developed."

Addicts are Blind. How to talk to an addict and what to expect.                 
How to Handle an Angry Drug Addict. Information and resources.    
Teens Health site. “Dealing with Addiction” signs, information and resources.    
Tips on how to deal with an addiction.    
How to Help Someone Overcome Marijuana Addiction


In addition, substance abusers almost always have low self-esteem and deep seated emotional issues that are rooted in childhood.  They often say things like “I never felt like I fit in” or “I never felt good enough.”  They do not know how to deal with negative emotions.  When they had their first drink or drug that changed.  Instantly, they had relief from the painful feelings; they felt like they fit in, and didn’t feel bad about themselves anymore.  This is where emotional denial begins.  While under the influence, problems and painful emotions don’t exist; it seemed to be a real solution, because it worked.  What they did not know, is that instead of being the solution, it was the road to self-destruction via the highway of Denial.


For some information on how either legal or illegal substance use affects the energy bodies of human beings, please go to Drugs and the Aura.


If our lives are going to be at all worthy, it will be because of two factors: What we aim for in life and recognizing who we are. The first may be simply described by saying, "You gotta have high hopes," and we can have no higher aim in life than to do the will of the Father. The second can be understood by grasping why psychologists keep trying to persuade parents to work to build their children's self-esteem. They have observed that, if children do not think they are anything or can do anything, are of no value and unloved, or have absolutely no skills, they will not do anything. They will spend their lives cowering in self-pity and spinning their wheels in ineffective, low-level activity. [emphasis added]


Here is a list of fifty top resources to help you stop drinking, as well as help in other areas you might be having difficulty.



Alkaloids are bitter organic compounds which are derived from plants bearing seeds. Aspirin, caffeine, cannabinoids (THC, THCV, CBD, CBC), cocaine, morphine, nicotine, etc., are all alkaloids. Alkaloids provide the heating quality in hot peppers. Peyote contains the most powerful alkaloids in the world. Drugs such as ecstasy, in their original plant derivation (from sassafras and nutmeg) contain alkaloids as their active agents.

Wolfe, David, The Sunfood Diet Success System: 36 Lessons in Health Transformation, San Diego, CA, Maui Brothers Publishing, 2000, pg. 166.

We can see from the effects of alkaloids on the body, why drugs, coffee, and the smoking of marijuana and tobacco, etc. are so popular. The typical body, acidified by a cooked animal-food diet, is actually alkalized or balanced by the alkaloids of these substances and achieves glimpses of higher consciousness.

By eating significantly more green-leafy vegetables, especially wild herbs, one will alkalize the body chemistry and be able to tap into the natural human frequency more easily and more often, without drugs or their side-effects. … Placing green leaves in an acid body raises the consciousness as the body becomes more alkaline.

Wolfe, David, The Sunfood Diet Success System: 36 Lessons in Health Transformation, San Diego, CA, Maui Brothers Publishing, 2000, pg. 167.


    what if you have a PARENT - mom or dad - that is addicted?

One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don’t know what to do about it. Sometimes, they’re scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the parent simply to get better. And sometimes, they’re suffering from the effects of the parent’s mood swings and violence. It all makes for tragic listening, but here are a few of your options. [see more at the site]


If I could choose only one thing to help me find joy - it would be a personal relationship with God/Jesus/Yeshua.


    A Christ-centered recovery program.




                Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture Lyrics


“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.” 

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?


"You're only as sick as your secrets" goes a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous. And they should know: one of the hallmarks of alcoholism—of any addiction, really—is deception. Addicts deceive others to cover up their addiction and themselves to deny they have one. Which may explain why most of the sober alcoholics I know are so rigorously honest. Any return to the habit of deception, they believe, risks reopening the door to drinking.

They may very well be right. Though not all truths need to be shared with everyone—or even anyone—to maintain a healthy and happy life, concealing some truths is like swallowing slow-acting poison: one's insides gradually rot. How does one tell the difference between the kind of secret one should keep and the kind one shouldn't?

The nice thing about God is that I figured that He already knew all of my secrets. This then, would make me well with Him since there were no secrets. It also made it easier to go to God for help because He already knew everything about me. I had nothing to hide and He still loved me.


Matthew West - Hello, My Name Is (Lyrics)



Cannabis use linked to gene mutation [and cancer]

Although the association between cannabis use and severe illnesses such as cancer has previously been documented, how this occurs and the implications for future generations was not previously understood.

Associate Professor Stuart Reece and Professor Gary Hulse from UWA's School of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences completed an extensive analysis of literary and research material to understand the likely causes and uncovered alarming information.

"Through our research we found that cancers and illnesses were likely caused by cell mutations resulting from cannabis properties having a chemical interaction with a person's DNA," Associate Professor Reece said.

"With cannabis use increasing globally in recent years, this has a concerning impact for the population."

Although a person may appear to be healthy and lead a normal life, the unseen damage to their DNA could also be passed on to their children and cause illnesses for several generations to come.





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