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I’d Give Anything

You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. 2 Corinthians 6:12-13 In addition to my addiction medicine practice, I still work a few hours every week in Urgent Care, where I will often meet high school athletes with…
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Screen Time, Dopamine, and Depression

We live . . . as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:9-10 It’s my nature to live for my own joy. It’s also my nature to try and find that joy in immediate gratification. With immediate gratification however, there is usually a short-term benefit with some price to pay later. With any unhealthy…
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I Was Always Going to Get to It Tomorrow

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 A few years ago, we bought and remodeled an older house. When I say we remodeled it, I mean we paid to have someone else do most of the work. There were several finishing touches that we took on…
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Taking Advantage of Kindness

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1 Though I may not have realized or admitted I was doing it, in my addiction, I became practiced at manipulating others to do my will. I’m a pretty nice guy, so I used my…
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Self-Loathing and Forgiveness

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Most of us who’ve struggled with drugs or alcohol are familiar with self-loathing. As we’ve sunk deeper into the depths of our addiction, we’ve lost control, surrendering to…
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You’ve Been Cancelled

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 In the height of my addiction, as I ran out of avenues to get my pills, I turned to the power of my own pen to get them. When…
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Stolen Cheeseballs and A Guilty Conscience

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19 A couple years after my son’s seventh grade school year, his teacher told me a story about him. My son – who gave me permission to tell this story…
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Getting Married Will Fix All My Problems, Right?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Looking back, I can see that before I got married, I was already developing a substance use disorder. I thought however, that when I got married I would just grow out…
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Forgiveness and Trust Are Not the Same

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. 2 Corinthians 5:16 In treatment for chemical dependency, the one who’s struggled with addiction will often return to his faith, appropriately finding forgiveness in God. Then, because he feels that God has forgiven him, he expects that others should forgive him as well.…
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A Thousand Little Steps

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 In the throes of…
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