Other Health Facts

♦ https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline 
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

♦ http://bigthink.com/news/study-even-just-a-little-light-in-your-bedroom-at-night-can-heighten-depression
Sleeping with even a little bit of light in your bedroom at night can heighten depression, says a new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology.  This definitely includes cell and smartphones and TV.

♦ http://bigthink.com/think-tank/sleep-better-by-making-these-adjustments-to-your-bedroom
According to Dr. Rachel Salas of John Hopkins University, making a few simple adjustments to how your bedroom is arranged can yield better sleep. 

♦ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1797895/
The Effect of 12-Step Based Fellowship Participation on Abstinence. For clinicians, these findings underline the importance of fostering stable affiliation with specialized 12-Step based groups among their clients.  In 2000, I was a completely broken man.  I moved from Missouri to my birthplace Byrneville, IN and shortly thereafter began treatment for Major Depressive Disorder and a host of other maladies.  The manager of the Mental Health group where I sought treatment, after talking with me for 10 minutes said, "John , you need to go to Al-anon!" I wondered why he would require that, but NOW I know.

♦ https://goo.gl/8uGjpt
How to Develop a Habit in 7 Steps | Brian Tracy.  He says, I want to give you my recipe for success when it comes to developing new habits. This seven step formula is a simple, powerful, proven methodology that you can use to develop any habit that you desire. http://bit.ly/2icTDH3  (choose Go to Site to download and The Power of Habit PDF)

♦ https://www.michaelshouse.com/blog/scientific-processes-underlying-12-step-recovery-method/
12-Step literature not only acknowledges the disease model of addiction, but it seems to incorporate scientific paradigm into its spiritual modality of recovery. With a closer look at the 12-Step method, it becomes increasingly clear that there are numerous scientifically-based processes underlying much of the 12-Step recovery method.

Most therapists do not realize that the 12 Steps are not merely an antidote for addiction, but are guidelines for nothing less than a total personality transformation. Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was influenced by Carl Jung. In correspondence, Jung wrote Wilson that the cure for alcoholism would have to be a spiritual one — a power equal to the power of spiritus, or alcohol.

♦ https://aaagnostica.org/2015/04/08/the-therapeutic-effects-of-the-12-steps/
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been heralded as the most important spiritual development of the past 100 years. It is my opinion that they should also be considered one of the most innovative psychological interventions of the past century. As evidence, consider the fact that the Twelve Steps have had more success in treating a wide variety of addiction problems than all other medical or psychological intervention or treatment programs combined.

♦ https://www.ashwoodrecovery.com/blog/12-steps-explained/ 
The 12 Steps of AA has changed so much for alcoholics all over the world. It has allowed them to fully embrace the concept of recovering from alcoholism. What’s more, it has given them a supportive group of peers all working toward the same goal.

♦ http://www.thediscoveryhouse.com/03/17/2016/5-ted-talks-recovering-drug-abuse/
When you know someone who is recovering from drug abuse or even when you are going through it yourself, the better you understand the science of addiction and what causes it, the better you will be able to move toward long-term recovery. We think that one of the best ways to learn about tough topics such as addiction is through Ted Talks, free and short videos that educate anyone with the desire to learn about a variety of topics. Here, we have included a list of our top five talks that help give a little insight to some things that we, as humans, are always in search of and how they relate to substance abuse.

♦ https://www.addiction.com/in-recovery/12-step-recovery/meetings/
Despite many recovery experts and treatment professionals recommending participation in self-help or support groups, you still might wonder what you’re supposed to do when you attend these meetings, especially if you’re newly sober and just entering recovery. To ease your mind and make the prospect of attending a meeting a little less intimidating, you should first know that self-help or support groups are welcoming, non-judgmental; everyone is there to encourage and support one another’s recovery efforts.

♦ http://12stepgazette.com/category/reflections/
“Anyone that tells you they know how you can recover without ever talking to you or listening to your story is going to have you walking down their path to recovery not yours. Go to the person that tells you they have no idea how to get you sober but will help you figure it out.” – T

♦ https://oceanbreezerecovery.org/christian-rehab/12-step/
In a standard addiction treatment program, recovery occurs when a person is provided with the sufficient emotional and behavioral tools to not only become sober but also remain abstinent. With most clinical programs having a cognitive-behavioral perspective at the center of its treatment model, helping a person to become abstinent for an indefinite amount of time is achieved through behavioral means since this requires the breaking of one habit—substance abuse—and the learning or adoption of a lifestyle that is alcohol- and drug-free. This has been an effective format for many, but with a significant number of addicts being of the Christian faith, it’s likely that this behavioral approach wouldn’t be sufficient. Cognitive behavioral therapy may help a Christian to identify bad habits, but it’s less helpful when it comes to feelings of guilt or shame that often push Christians into substance abuse in the first place. Therefore, a Christian addiction treatment program is better able to address the emotional and spiritual issues that may have contributed to the development of an addiction, which is similar to psychotherapy helping individuals to overcome the past experiences and developmental issues that can sometimes be at the center of an addiction. Moreover, most people of faith report that their relationship with God becomes a major source of strength that helps them to persevere during times of difficulty. Additionally, satisfying one’s spiritual needs as part of the recovery process tends to have a much greater effect on a person’s overall outlook, helping them to feel more fulfilled and optimistic or confident about the future.

♦ https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/blood-type-diet
Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you trim down and get healthier? That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet, created by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo. D'Adamo claims that the foods you eat react chemically with your bloodtype. If you follow a diet designed for your blood type, your body will digest food more efficiently. You'll lose weight, have more energy, and help prevent disease.

♦ https://yurielkaim.com/food-combining-rules/
Here’s why these food combining rules can make a difference: each macronutrient (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) digests at a different speed. Also, each requires the release of different digestive solutions and enzymes to be broken down. So if you eat foods at the same meal that have opposite digestive requirements, they’re considered bad food combinations. Bad food combinations can result in an intestinal “traffic jam,” which can result in symptoms such as gas, bloating, belching and abdominal cramps.

Using the word HUGS as an acronym keeps me focussed on their benefits. 

I see the word "HUGS" and I think "Have U Greeted Spirit?"

♦ https://drhealthbenefits.com/lifestyle/healthy/healthy-habits/benefits-of-hugs





HUGS are a spiritual act!  They bring me a goodness that no other act can.