Understanding and Practicing Step Six

It’s the first day of June, so it seems like the perfect time to continue our monthly tradition of covering each of the Twelve Steps. This month is naturally Step Six, a seemingly simple step that many people tend to misinterpret when not provided with the guidance of a decent sponsor. Step Six is a…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Charity

In the most recent installment of our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues, we mentioned that kindness meant more than just charity. Of course, the two clearly still go hand-in-hand. And once recovering addicts and alcoholics have learned the basics of kindness, it is time to begin branching out and finding new ways of demonstrating…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Temperance

The first article in our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues was focused upon diligence, which we greatly associated with such qualities as faith and courage. Temperance is more aligned with prudence, and actually complements diligence quite well for those who are attempting to fully embrace the concept of virtuous living. While diligence is all…

Recovery and the Seven Heavenly Virtues

Last month, we discussed the link between the Seven Deadly Sins and the many character defects commonly associated with alcoholism and addiction. But if we are to overcome these character flaws, we must in turn look toward the Seven Heavenly Virtues. These stem originally from the Four Cardinal Virtues (justice, courage, prudence and temperance) and…

Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

If you have been following our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, then it should come as no surprise that we have saved pride for last. We have already covered envy, sloth, gluttony, greed, wrath, and lust. And if you have been paying close attention, you will notice that each of these types of thoughts…

Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

We have now reached the penultimate article in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins. To date, we have covered envy, gluttony, sloth, greed, and wrath. We now turn our focus toward lust. This is a bit of a unique one, as it can manifest as either an emotion or a physical feeling. The same…

Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

So far, our series on the Seven Deadly Sins has covered sloth, gluttony and envy. These last two may not seem to have much in common, yet they both share one thing: a sense of greed. Seeing as greed is today’s focus in our Deadly Sins series, it only seems fitting to point out the…

Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

As we continue our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, we arrive at gluttony after having already covered both sloth and envy. In many ways, gluttony is the opposite of sloth. While some may see sloth as a distinct lack of action, gluttony is a very specific action—consumption—done to excess. And yet, many will find…

Addiction and the Seven Deadly Sins

Many are familiar with the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins. Those of certain religious faiths believe these to be the primary transgressions or general character defects that will ensure we suffer a rather unfavorable afterlife. Those who are not religious will likely still see the Seven Deadly Sins as behaviors which are to be…

The Meaning of HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired

When entering recovery and undergoing aftercare counseling in order to try and stay sober, you may occasionally come into contact with HALT. This acronym has a simple meaning, yet is ever so important to the maintenance of all we hold dear. If we fail to heed the warnings of HALT, there is a good chance…