Addiction Recovery and Religion – Help or Hindrance?

In the past several years the program has suffered a great deal of scrutiny in regards to its religious formatting, and even though it has desperately attempted to escape this labeling, for all intent and purposes that’s what it is! However, the religious aspect is not what makes successful, and in fact I believe it to be a detriment to the program. So, what has made this program more successful than most of the other treatment options? I believe that the success of this program is largely due to the spiritual aspect. In many regards the choice of addictive behavior is a falling from spirit, in the sense that addictive behavior is of a self centered, self serving attitude, whereas spirituality encourages a sense of connectedness and being of service to others. Most individuals that have chosen to partake in addictive behavior do so at the expense of others, and they do it with one thing and only one thing in mind; the need to mask the pain of their emotional issues. Making a connection with spirit allows the addicted person to view things in a greater perspective and allows them to understand that one person’s actions affect the many. Therefore, I do view spirituality as being an important component to recovery, but spirituality is very difficult to pursue if you have not uncovered and confronted the root cause of the addiction.
The practice of spirituality encompasses a great deal of self reflection and mindfulness, which ultimately leads to a more symbolic view of the world as a whole. Remember, the individual suffering from addiction only views one world, their own! When it comes to approaching spirituality from the perspective of prayer, consider the fact that traditional prayer will not accomplish this goal. Going through the motions of reciting traditional prayer without changing your deeply engrained, self- limiting, subconscious beliefs will result in failure. What is engrained in your subconscious mind is much more powerful than the words you speak! In order to gain the understanding of the world as a whole, you must achieve self reflection and inner peace by quieting the mind.

So, where does religion fit in to the recovery picture? Well, in my view it doesn’t! That’s right, it doesn’t. Not only does it not fit in but, I view it to be a detriment to full recovery! So, let’s examine what the actually true intent and purpose of religion is, and how it stacks up against the probable outcome of pursuing the incorrect or misguided practice of it. The word religion is derived from the Latin word Religare, which means to restrain or bind. So, is the main function to restrain individuals from personal self reflection and bind them to a religious doctrine, or is it a methodology of teaching a personal connection to God? I believe that the main objective of any religion should be to assist people in making a personal connection to the divine or higher power. Unfortunately, that is not always what occurs one hundred percent of the time!

There are nineteen major religions in the world, of which Christianity is the largest with over 2 billion followers. Islamic religion follows with 1.2 billion and Hinduism respectively with 828 million. There is no doubt that religion plays a major role in most of our lives. Unfortunately, some religious doctrines rise to a level of supreme empirical restraint, which over shadows the true divine purpose and leads many down a misguided path? The importance of a binding doctrine and specific practices should be secondary to ones spiritual relationship with the divine. Therefore, the type of religion that you choose and its popularity is of very little importance, as long as you understand the true purpose.

Does spirituality differ from religion, and can a person be religious as well as spiritual? Yes of course. However, one can remain bound to a religious doctrine without a spiritual connection to the divine. For all intent and purposes this is what must be avoided when delving into the recovery of self destructive habitual behavior. One of the key components to addiction freedom is self refection and the development of a connection to a higher consciousness and your true self. Serving a religious doctrine without the true spiritual element and making that connection will lead to the addicted person trading one vehicle to mask the pain for another. The outward practice of certain ideals or activities does not correspond to inner righteousness! When a person hides behind the outward practice of religious doctrines they tend to live a falsehood, not living in true spirit, failing to own up to the root cause of their addiction, and their true life purpose. Therefore, I believe that religion should not enter into the addiction equation and in many cases actually prevents the individual from addressing the root cause properly.

Remember, this is about spiritual self-reflection and making contact with that higher consciousness, and it is not about being restrained by a religious doctrine, or trading one compulsive behavior for another. If you are currently practicing a particular faith, I would highly recommend that you make every attempt to separate it from the spiritual aspect and addiction recovery. My purpose is not to undermine the benefits of religious practice. In fact I believe that religion serves a tremendous purpose in our society when practiced in a spiritual sense. However, mixing it with addiction recovery can be a disastrous recipe for chronic relapse!

Best wishes,

David Roppo
The Addiction Freedom Coach

What You need to know about Quit Smoking Pills

It is not unusual for all to opt taking a quit smoking pill. Having a glass of water with a quit smoking pill is simple and better for any active person. These Pills to Quit Smoking when combined with counseling classes can give exemplory results to most patients. Any stop smoking pill must be taken at least for a week and the doctor’s advice is crucial in this time interval to avoid any unpleasant side effects. The recommended dose of the quit smoking pill usually varies from person to person. Several facts are to be taken into consideration, for how many years the person has been smoking, and how much he/she smokes a day, age and other health problems must be noted. Most doctors say that these stop smoking pills fight against the physical problem by eliminating nicotine from the body, but they don’t work on the psychological craving.

Problems like dry mouth and insomnia are common side effects inflicted by any stop smoking pill but these irritating symptoms won’t put your health in danger at all. Zyban is a powerful stop smoking pill and after repeated administration it will take about one week or more to disappear from the blood. People who suffer from stomach problems or any pulmonary diseases like bronchitis must avoid this stop smoking pill. Stop smoking pills mustn’t be administrated to people who are under antidepressant treatments as complicated complications can appear. Newer and more advanced stop smoking pills have appeared on the market that suppress the nicotine receptors from the persons brain so that if one smokes no satisfaction comes with it. But like other nicotine replacement products, the stop smoking pill should be used in combination with a quit-smoking behavior modification program.

Zyban is a favorite smoking cessation pill known to be a first choice as it favors the blood cleaning by increasing circulation and stimulating several glands. This stop smoking pill will make a person feel like he or she has just smoked a cigarette. Zyban is a pill that works by bringing down the urge to smoke and reducing withdrawal symptoms by a cessation. The pill contains no nicotine, but on the contrary the substance bupropion. It affects the nervous lanes in the brain, which usually triggers symptoms of a cessation. Bupropion was originally prepared and approved for the treatment of depression, but it turned out that some of the subjects quit smoking. This stop smoking pill is Zyban, the trade name for a sustained-release tablet form of bupropion hydrochloride. The drug boosts the body’s levels of two “brain chemicals,” dopamine and norepinephrine – the same thing that occurs with nicotine. Actions of these chemicals in the brain give people a sense of energy and well being. Nicotine produces the same feelings. Zyban is usually taken twice a day – one pill in the morning and one in the early evening. It takes about a week for the pill to reach an effective level in the body. So smokers must start taking the pill before they quit smoking. Then you set a Quit Day within one to two weeks after starting treatment. Most smokers then take the pill for a total of seven to twelve weeks.

One of the most welcomed stop smoking product is the nicotine patch, it slowly releases an amount of nicotine into your body on a longer interval of time. There are patches designed for any kind of smoker so finding the right option is relatively easy in terms of choosing a stop smoking product. The bad thing with patches is that they can cause itching and irritations, they also may give insomnia or other sleep problems. To avoid night anxiety most patients remove the patch.

In one study, the stop smoking pill helped more smokers to quit than the nicotine patch. Using both the pill and the patch was even more effective, but the combination poses the risk of increasing blood pressure.

The Do’s and the Don’ts of Employee Drug Testing

The Do’s of Employee Drug Testing

1. Do give every employee a copy of your Drug and Alcohol Policy and make certain you have a signed receipt in their employee file. You always want proof that they received and agreed to read your company’s policy.

2. Do include in your Drug and Alcohol policy that you can Drug Test your employees for any reason. Specifying that you can Drug Test them at any time for any reason gives you latitude for Drug Testing any employee.

3. Do document any incident involving drug or alcohol misconduct at your company. If the incident isn’t documented in writing it is the same as never been committed. Documentation will become very important in the grounds for dismissal or unemployment claims.

4. Do make sure that the company you select to perform your Drug Testing uses a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) certified Drug Testing laboratory. They set the standards and guidelines for Drug Testing laboratories. They provide a list of Drug Testing labs on their website.

5. Do know whether your company is required to be in a drug free workplace program.

6. Do know whether the company you hired to do your Employee Drug Testing is trained under 49 CFR Part §40. A trained collector will make all the difference when minimizing potential errors in the drug testing process. Ask the facility for a list of certificates for each of their collectors stating they have completed the required training.

7. Do have your supervisors attend drug and alcohol recognition training. Unless the employee’s suspected behavior is blatantly noticeable; you will do not know what to look for.

8. Do have your employees on a time limit regarding how long they will be the Drug Testing facility. Require the employee to arrive at the Drug Testing site within a reasonable amount time.

The Don’ts of Employee Drug Testing

1. Don’t ever Drug Test your employees without a company Drug and Alcohol Policy in place that clearly states you will test your employees for drugs. You must have a document in place that outlines your policy on the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

2. Don’t create a Drug and Alcohol Policy without checking your state and local laws regarding Employee Drug Testing. Assume that each and every State has written its own state law on this matter. You can go onto the United States Department of Labor (USDL) website to obtain the Drug Testing laws in your own state.

3. Don’t ever allow an employee drive himself or herself to the Drug Testing facility if you suspect they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You could be responsible if that employee is in an accident on the way to the Drug Testing facility. Have a supervisor drive them to and from the Drug Testing facility.

4. Don’t ever allow an employee out of your immediate site if you suspect they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They will give you any excuse to find a way out of the Drug Testing. Make they are accompanied all the way to the Drug Testing facility.

5. Don’t ignore a drug or alcohol problem if you identify one. It is only going to get worse, not better. Remember, the safety of other employees is at risk if a problem such as this is not resolved and your company might be held liable.

6. Don’t wait until you have a problem with drugs in the workplace to act. A good company Drug and Alcohol Policy and pre-employment Drug Testing are a good way to stop that problem before it begins.

7. Don’t wait more than 2 hours to Drug Test an employee if they are under the influence of drugs or for every beverage containing alcohol.

8. Don’t take another employee’s word that another employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the necessary job. Investigate the allegations for yourself, then document it and then accompany the individual to the Drug Testing facility if you deem it.