By Stephen C. Schultz
Leaves fluttered to the ground as a crisp wind bit my cheeks. The tears welling up in my eyes were not based in emotion, but the chill in the air. The small creek to my left meandered down the canyon. The soft gurgling sound of running water as it crosses over ageless boulders is like music to my ears. A flock of Mallards bob their heads and glide effortlessly in the current as the water swirls into a back eddy just around the next curve. This is truly a "Place of Peace".
For many families and individuals alike, finding a place of peace seems to be a fleeting proposition. Whether it's a teenager, husband or wife, addiction is no respecter of person or societal status. Addiction doesn't discriminate. Addiction will bring emotional pain, family discord and misery to everyone it touches.
Addiction is a lier. It tells us there is no problem. It tells us we can handle it. It seduces us into thinking that any problems or personal issues are not our doing, but brought about by others. It convinces us that our narrow escapes from family and work failures are because of our exceptionally intuitive and skillful insight. All lies!
Below are some blog posts that discuss the principles surrounding Addiction, Recovery and Sobriety. There will be mountains to climb and some instability underfoot. However, it can get better. I hope these articles are helpful and lead down the pathway to a "Place of Peace".
Touching thank you from a grateful father
ACOA - The Problem
Teen and Alcohol: An International Snapshot
Teen party at the beach...a personal experience
Alcohol and teens...it's all about the cells
Teens and Alcohol - A Relationship on the Rocks
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Journalist explores teen sex addiction