Facing Addiction in America

The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, unveiled his office’s long-awaited report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, last week. The report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21…

“Lessons From Drug Court”

I escorted one of our residents to “Drug Court” this morning and witnessed something awe-inspiring. It’s a program to screen, educate, rehabilitate, & monitor convicted defendants in lieu of criminal prosecution. After the first case on the docket was reviewed and the man was confirmed to be following the plan, the Judge clapped (with gusto!)…

A Father’s Day Gift

We are thrilled and grateful that a local church decided to honor the fathers in their congregation by making a generous donation to His Way this past Sunday. But, more than the financial support was the spiritual vision and partnership expressed in this Father’s Day gift. As we share the love of our Heavenly Father…

New Kratom Study

A new study is out concerning the addictive properties of Kratom. Thanks to support and efforts of many concerned Alabamians, Kratom is now banned in the state. Other states are sure to follow. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/recreational-drug-kratom-hits-the-same-brain-receptors-as-strong-opioids/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_HLTH_NEWS  

Spectator Sport?

Recently, I missed our Sunday morning assembly due to being sick.  I cannot remember the last time I missed an assembly due to illness.  While I was not feeling well, I still did my personal study during the congregational bible study time and then tried to decide what I would do next. I turned on…

Symptom Suppressants

I heard this the other day, “Do you know the difference between a doctor and God?  God doesn’t think He is a doctor.” I know that I am not a doctor either, but I do have observations of health that have shaped my personal practice.  One is that I avoid symptom suppressants.  Because our society…

Mood Mastery

A plague has hit Alabama within the past few years…Kratom.  Kratom is an herbal extract derived from a root that grows in Southeast Asia.  While illegal in the countries it grows in, this substance has been imported into the U.S. and now sells in some convenience stores as a “5 Hour Energy” type product called…

Dedicating God’s Child

In celebration of our youngest granddaughter’s birth, we recently attended her baby dedication at my son’s congregation.  They were celebrating the addition of eighteen children to their church family in the past year.  It was a beautifully done celebration. A special touch was that all the men who led the service were the fathers of…

“Matt’s Story”

Matt’s story has a familiar beginning. He’s from a good family and grew up going to church. While he was a good student and played sports all through high school, his drug use started when he was only 13 years old, trying marijuana and alcohol with friends. It escalated from there. After high school, Matt…