Principles of Addiction Recovery – What Every Mother Needs to Know

“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.~Alcoholics Anonymous

Have you ever felt afraid or powerless when it comes to addiction–afraid there’s nothing you can do to protect your family? 

At times, addiction may seem like a mystery.   It may be be unaware of what’s really going on in our own homes.   As mothers, we need to understand addiction in order to fortify our families and know how to help them when they struggle. 

The GREAT NEWS is that just as in other keys areas of life, there are guiding principles surrounding addiction. There is hope because we can learn and live these principles, then teach them to our families and strengthen them against addiction — helping them know how to stay free from addiction’s bonds.

The key is having an intimate understanding of  the triggers of addiction and their corresponding antidotes. These empower us to see what’s behind the addictive behavior to what is really happening in the hearts of minds of those battling addiction. Once we can diagnose the spiritual issue, we can use these anecdotes to provide clarity and needed changes. When partnered with the 12 Steps Program and effective sponsorship, every addict can find permanent sobriety!

In this podcast, Audrey Rindlisbacher will share foundational principles of addiction.  Through personal experience, Audrey is here to tell us there is hope, there are guiding principles we can stand on, and, ultimately, there is a higher Power we can reach up to for that change of heart we seek in ourselves and those we love.

Listener’s Guide:

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2:24 Why it’s crucial to recognize and treat addiction as a spiritual illness
5:06 The story of Cindy Beall, author of Healing Your Marriage When Trust is Broken
10:16 How to dispel the mystery surrounding addiction by understanding foundational principles of addiction
15:25 Why belief in a higher power is essential to addiction recovery
19:53 Trigger #1:  Resentment
22:33 Trigger #2:  Selfishness
24:05 Trigger #3:  Self-pity
26:25 Trigger #4:  Dishonesty
27:54 Trigger #5:  Fear
33:45 How to arm your children by teaching them to manage these triggers and apply the corresponding antidotes

Quotes from this Episode:

“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.~Alcoholics Anonymous

“So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually does not think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible.” ~Alcoholics Anonymous

Resentment is the ‘number one’ offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stems all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.” ~Alcoholics Anonymous

“I would respect you if you felt that you needed to remove yourself from your marriage. What you’ve endured is very hard. But you are not a fool to stay and be a part of the redemptive work in man’s life.” ~Pastor Dan to Cindy Beall

“As I drove back to Georgetown that afternoon, I heard God’s voice over and over and over in my head. ‘Do you trust Me?’ I was hesitant to answer Him; I knew what saying yes would mean. It would mean staying in a marriage that was deeply wounded, nearly destroyed. It would mean forgiving a man for breaking his marriage vows over and over again. It would mean remaining in a trustless marriage until Chris could build that trust back up, which may take the rest of his life. But after wrestling in prayer and remembering the promises that God had made to me in His Word, I answered.  I said yes. Through tears, through pain, through heartache…but also through hope.” ~Cindy Beall

Chart from this Episode:

Trigger                         Antidote

Resentment               Forgiveness

Selfishness                 Service

Self-pity                      Gratitude

Dishonesty                 Honesty

Fear                               Faith

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