Week One: Powerless

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Carrie is the Vice President of Clinical Services with Nashville Recovery Center and The Becoming Counseling and Wellness. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ordained Pastor with the PC(USA), and Certified Spiritual Director. She has journeyed with others for over twenty years working in the field of addiction. Her experience and training integrate therapeutic and spiritual care to serve the whole person. She specializes in substance use disorders, spiritual/religious issues, family of origin issues, pre-marital/marital counseling, and grief work. She is passionate about journeying with people who are seeking healing and transformation. Spiritual development is foundational for many to sustain long-term recovery. It is a sacred honor to journey with people in their healing and transformation.

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Weekly Activity: Journal

Monday: Even those who are not physically addicted to substances have dependencies. Those with addictions to things like drugs or alcohol are easier to see than the invisible dependencies we all have. The rest of us disguise and overcompensate for our attachments, not the least of which is our way of thinking or beliefs.
Think about the word powerless. When have you experienced powerlessness in everyday life? How has this pandemic changed the way you view power and powerlessness?

Tuesday: There’s a voice in everyone’s head called “the saboteur.” The saboteur is the voice in each of us telling us we’re not worthy or tells us we can’t do it so why try? The saboteur lives off of control and shame. It is the opposite of your soul that thrives in love and worth.
How hard do you work at maintaining control? What does that do to your physical and emotional health? How does that affect your relationships?

Wednesday: We don’t mean to be but sometimes we’re self-centered. We ask, “how come them and not me?” We accuse people we love of not being good enough to hide our own insecurities.
Reflect on a particularly difficult time in the past year. How did you feel God was absent, silent, or was being drowned out by the saboteur? How was God present at that time? What did that memory teach you that might be helpful in the future?

Thursday: Even those who are not physically addicted to substances have dependencies. Those with addictions to things like drugs or alcohol are easier to see than the invisible dependencies we all have. The rest of us disguise and overcompensate for our attachments, not the least of which is our way of thinking or beliefs.
Think about the word powerless. When have you experienced powerlessness in everyday life? How has this pandemic changed the way you view power and powerlessness?

Friday: “Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Think about your life pre-pandemic. What about it left you disappointed or unsatisfied? Why do you think that is? What has been a “good surprised” about your life since the pandemic shut down? What do you now see clearly about your life before that you’ve never noticed until now?

Saturday: We hate change. It’s hard and difficult. But this pandemic has forced us into a complete change in how we live our lives.
What have you learned about yourself that you want to make sure stays “pre-pandemic.” What attitudes or habits are you afraid to return to? What makes you most anxious when you think about returning to “normal?” What are you afraid to change right now and what is the first step toward that change?

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