Reading Guide for “To Wives”

Aside from addicts and alcoholics themselves, nobody suffers more than those forced to watch a loved one suffer. They sometimes blame themselves for their loved one’s disease, especially if they can identify past enabling behaviors. Such people experience constant fear, depression, self-pity, and quite often resentments. They lie on behalf of their beloved addict or…

Addiction During the Holidays

At this time of year, treatment centers such as Amethyst Recovery often find ourselves without too many empty beds. In fact, treatment centers aren’t the only institutions that struggle with this issue. Walk into any city jail between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’re sure to find a pretty crowded cell block. And if you ask…

Learning to Stand Up for Ourselves

We should all embrace the need to stand up for ourselves when necessary. There are many different types of addicts and alcoholics. Many outsiders picture the substance abuser as someone who has trouble controlling their anger. They picture us as people who, with lowered inhibitions, will speak harshly or even commit acts of violence. They…

The Blame Game: A Fun Exercise for Learning Forgiveness

Table of Contents Table of Contents The Importance of ForgivenessLet’s Play the Blame GameWhat We Can Learn from This Pointing fingers is easy. It’s forgiveness that can get tricky sometimes. (pathdoc/Shutterstock) Forgiveness doesn’t always come easily. The struggle to let go of our resentments and forgive those who have harmed us can take quite a…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Humility

Humility is the most important of the Seven Heavenly Virtues, which is why it has been chosen to end this series. Much as pride is often seen as the root of all the Seven Deadly Sins, humility is in many ways the attribute which breeds the rest of the virtues. Without it, we would not…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Patience

The penultimate article in our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues may come as a surprise to some. Not the concept of patience as a virtue—which is, after all, a rather common expression—but rather the fact that its counterpart in the Seven Deadly Sins is generally held to be wrath. It may be a bit…

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…

Alpha Series: Biblical Self-Awareness

We recently announced that Amethyst would begin embracing the teachings of the Alpha Series, a counseling approach that teaches the gospel of grace by incorporating lessons from the Bible into a program of recovery. Three parts of this approach were outlined, the first of which focuses on biblical self-awareness. We would now like to talk…

Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

This is the second installment in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins. The first we covered was envy, right before taking a short break to cover the difference between envy and jealousy. Now, our series continues with a discussion on sloth. This is one of many character defects to be covered in this series…

Patience Is A Virtue

Waiting can be difficult. Everyone finds themselves wanting a new job, a new place to live, or just a general change in life. The problem is that no matter how much we want these things, we cannot always make them happen as quickly as we would like. Sometimes, we have to learn a thing or…