July 12, 2019

Cravings, Rituals, and Temporary Relief

“And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  – Psalm 50:15 Yesterday, we discussed the second step in the addiction cycle as we continued our journey with Joe, a fictional alcoholic who lashed out at his children while intoxicated, felt ashamed of his behavior, swore to not do it again, and then had a misunderstanding with his wife in the midst of his earnest effort to win back her love. Unfortunately, his fight with her was an emotional trigger that heightened his desire to drink, which led him to the third step in the cycle, a craving, and that craving drove him to take part in a ritual, which is the fourth step. After the ritual, he enjoyed temporary relief, the fifth step, until his familiar friend shame paid him another visit and the cycle came full circle.  After going

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