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Why do many still ask, “Is alcoholism a disease or still of moral stigma? It’s not how much or how little you drink that proves alcoholism, it’s what happens to you when you do drink; social stigma has plagued the alcoholic through the years with moral judgment due to people being uneducated about the disease. The American survey done in 2010 states that 51.8% of Americans were current drinkers of the beverage alcohol. That is 131.3 million people. Youth aged 12-17 were at 13.6% for binge drinking and heavy drinking for young adults was at 40.6%. Binge drinking is 5 or more glasses in one setting and heavy drinking is 5 or more days in a 30 day period (American National Survey, 2010). Benjamin Rush, the famous philosopher of reason was the first to come up with the disease theory when it came to alcoholism. Rush stated that those losing control over the drink alcohol would create an imbalance to the nervous system (Meyer, 1996). The National Drug Survey in 2009, said 19.3 million people (ages 12 and older) needed treatment from the problem with alcohol but only 1.7 million received this treatment due to lack of insurance or insurance not covering the plan (Williamson, L. 2012). The Centers for Disease and Control says that more harm comes from not those that are alcohol dependent but those that drink in excess or hazardous drinking. When 10% of the population is doing both drugs and alcohol it costs our society a staggering half a trillion dollars a year (Carr, 2010). We have attributed addiction and alcoholism to willful misconduct, character flaws, weak will, moral turpitude, or just bad people. Science does not support these out dated stereotypes (Carr, 2010). Addiction is a disease of a person’s rewards system, which alters behaviors which limits conscious control. Decision making becomes damaged that abstinence simply is no longer a matter of choice (Carr, 2010).
We all overeat from time to time—taking an extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner or having dessert when you're already full. But for binge eaters, overeating is regular and uncontrollable. You use food to cope with stress and other negative emotions, even though afterwards you feel even worse. You may feel like you're stuck in a vicious cycle, but binge eating disorder is treatable. With the right help and support, you can learn to control your eating and develop a healthy relationship with food.
John chapter 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Here in his conversation with The Woman at the Well, Jesus tells us about living water. He explains that God is Spirit and that those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth. In a day and time when it seems that everything is on overdrive, let's talk about what it means to drink deeply of the living water in the 21st century.
It's a mish-mash of topics today. Cyber-Bullying, Binge drinking and young ladies, Jobs and Obama care! tune in and get informed Have you had your healthy dose of reality lately? There are always at least two sides to every story. Have you ever wondered how someone, who saw the same thing you did, walked away telling a vastly different story? Which version was correct? Which one was the REAL story? Actually, both are! It’s just a matter of perspective. Joe takes the issues… especially the controversial issues (politics, prejudice, religion, illegal immigration)… and brings in people from different sides to share their viewpoint. This is definitely not a fluff piece. And while no one is attacked, the questions are hard-hitting. But the conversation is always respectful and you’re sure to learn something new, even if you don’t agree! If you’ve always wondered how the “other side” thinks and how they’ve arrived at their “stand”, then this is the show for you!
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I order to become seriously overweight, I had to engage in some serious overeating. Bread, sweets, and chips were my downfall, and even when they stopped providing me with any real enjoyment I couldn't stop until the bags and cartons were empty.
Even though I've been at a healthy weight for more than seven years now, I can still be caught off guard, and end up consumed by sugary, starchy, salty, snacks.
In this episode of The Sugar Freedom Show I descroibe how I get off of the sugar train, and I hope that my story can help you if you ever find yourself in the middle of a bout of serious, unwanted overeating. In addition, I share the foods that help me recover from the terrible junk food hangover I always get as a result of eating my trigger foods. My entire eating program, which helped me manage my food addiction and get to a healthy weight, is available at www.sugarfreedom.com. For more information, free sample meal plans, and recipes, take the sugar addiciton quiz at www.sugarfreedom.com/blog.
Once you have lamented what happened, forgiven everyone who contributed to your pain, reconnected with God, others, and yourself, it's time to create that new future story. The Imagination List is a powerful tool that can give shape to that new future story. Join Dr. Alfie for today's Monday Morning Masterind broadcast and find out just how powerful an Imagination List can be!
We are so excited to have special guest Dana Bowman, Author of "Bottled; A Mom's Guide To Early Recovery" on the show!
"An unflinching and hilarious memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottledexplains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety—a blur of pain and chaos—to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.
Punctuated by potent, laugh-out-loud sarcasm, Bottled offers practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present-in-the-moment mom, one day at a time, and provides much needed levity on an issue too often treated with deadly seriousness."
This book is fantastic, and we highly recommend it for anyone in recovery, who is struggling with drinking, or who loves someone who is in recovery or dealing with addiction.
Dana's prose is poignant, vulnerable, honest and funny; this book is a must-read for anyone navigating early sobriety. We are thrilled to have her on the show!
Do you sit down when you pee? Do you stand with one hip cocked to the side? Do you accesorize your hi-point pistol with your belt and shoes..........well if your not chuck norris, then your wrong.
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Have you ever faced a spiritual crisis and wondered "How will I ever get through this?" Do you want to understand the process of taking backyour life after you've experiened losses in your life? Do you want to know what to do when life throws you for a loop? Do you know that it is possible to come to work through a spiritual crisis, come to terms with the new reality, and create a new future story for yourself? Join Dr. Alfie for today's Monday Morning Mastermind broadcast and fiind out how to deal wtih spiritual crisis!.
If you missed out on the wire, like I missed out on a good education, fear not we got you covered with some players that will be under the radar to help keep you afloat this week and going forward. We also will be helping you stratagize what you can still do to make the playoffs Maybe we will even find time to even tell a good joke but, this time we will have to keep it like my sex life real quck and it's over before you know it.....well at least that's what the one legged hooker I paid for said. .
God Bless you! Luke 5:36-39 ampHe also told them a parable:No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old one; otherwise he will both tear the new,and the piece from the new will not match the old.And no one puts new wine into old wineskins;otherwise the new fermenting wine will expand and burst the skins and it will be spilled out,and the skins will be ruined.But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.And no one, after drinking old wine, wishes for new; for he says,The old is fine.
Luke 14:24-32For I say unto you,That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.And there went great multitudes with him:and he turned, and said unto them,If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children,and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you,intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost,whether he have sufficient to finish it?Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,Saying,This man began to build, and was not able to finish.Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Luke 9:60-62Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.Matthew 7:24-26