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Christina Veselak, LMFTDn. Jan Veselak, M.A., LACAddiction is a pathological relationship with any mood altering substance, behavior or personal relationship that has potentially life threatening consequences. It is a relationship intended to improve the quality of someone’s life, which becomes... (more)
What is Porn Addiction?It is solitary.It is looking at pictures, reading stories or watching movies with nakedness or a specific body part or a specific article of clothing or a specific sexual activity as its focus.It may have the goal of having an orgasm/ejaculation.It is done in isolation, even... (more)
We are again at the beginning of a fast period. This is intended to be a time of increased prayer, peacefulness and focus on fighting the passions. While each Orthodox Jurisdiction has slightly different rules about what is spiritually beneficial to eat, the focus is on simplicity. Many Orthodox... (more)
Relapse and Blood Sugar DysregulationBy Christina Veselak, LMFTPreliminary research has already clearly shown that low or dropping blood sugar levels lead to cravings (and ultimately, to relapse) in clients with both process and chemical addictions.Symptoms of low blood sugar, caused by a... (more)
Nutritional Support for the Addicted BrainThe American Medical Association has long understood that addiction is a brain driven, bio-psycho-social illness. Traditional treatment programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous have done a great job developing effective approaches to the psychological,... (more)
The Church and AddictionsThere are two underlying causes for most addictions: trauma, particularly childhood trauma, and isolation/loneliness. The Church is uniquely positioned to heal both of these causes.Note, that I do not say that the Church is uniquely positioned to heal the addictions, but... (more)
Codependency is a maladaptive, unhealthy reaction to an addict. In its broadest sense it is a reactive and submissive response to the dominance of another. It describes an individual who organizes their life around someone else. It is a decision making process which internalizes someone else’s... (more)
People often confuse abstinence with recovery; while they are actually different, there is some overlap. Abstinence is the act of choosing to not engage in an addictive behavior. Many active addicts go through periods of abstinence attempting to prove to themselves and others that they are not... (more)
Christina Veselak, LMFTDn. Jan Veselak, M.A.Recovery is not merely abstinence. It is a gradual transformation in the way we relate to God, self, and other people. Abstinence (stopping a behavior or substance use) is not recovery as it does not require repentance.The Three-Legged Stool: Spiritual,... (more)