Book Review: How NOT to Raise an Addict

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Addict? Is your child at risK? In Mark Shaw’s booklet How Not to Raise an Addict, you learn the 5 mentalities that makes a kid susceptible to addiction. Reviewed by Ellen Castillo, whose  review appeared first here at the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Your Parenting Matters Mark Shaw has written a booklet that is excerpted from his more in-depth book Addiction Proof Parenting: … Read More

Help! I’m a Slave to Food (Part 1)

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Food is a gift from God, right? But for some people, overeating is a. . .sin. In this helpful post that first appeared here, counselor Paul Tautges shares parts of Shannon Kay McCoy‘s booklet, Help! I’m a Slave to Food. It is used with permission. (Edited for length.) God declares overeating to be a sin: ‘For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to … Read More

ADDICTION: Disease or Idolatry?

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Addiction — is it a disease or idolatry? What is the best counseling solution? Mark Shaw, executive director of Vision of Hope, addresses these questions in this provocative article, which first appeared here on the Biblical Counseling Coalition website. It is used with permission. There is a stark contrast between the underlying messages of the different approaches used by addiction … Read More

Cutting: Why You Do It, How to Stop

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Cutting is a form of self-harm that, at its core, is rebellion against God. There’s hope: Jesus. Cutters are rescued in God’s kingdom! This article by pastor Pastor Deepak Reju appeared first here on Biblical Counseling Coalition’s website and is used with permission. Sally sat across from me and uttered it for the ten thousandth time, “I hate myself.” Though … Read More

You Need Transformation NOT Recovery

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Transformation: To please God you need heart transformation. Recovery doesn’t work for the long haul. Here’s how to transform! This article by Dr. Donna Hart, PhD, appeared first on her website and is used with permission.  In our culture today, nearly every common behavioral problem is seen as a disorder or disease. It could include things like overeating, excessive spending, … Read More

An Addict in Your Home!

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Do you love an addict who lives at home? Are you counseling an addict? Biblical counselor Julie Ganschow, director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center in Kansas City, MO, shares this thoughtful and encouraging article that appeared first on her website. It is used with permission. When you learn your loved one is an addict, it rocks your world. The first … Read More

Counseling Teen Boys Hooked On Porn

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Counseling teens hooked on porn might seem difficult to do, considering he’s a teen and you’re not, and he probably doesn’t want your help. Biblical counselor Steve Hoppe shares practical help and hope for counselors who need insight on handling porn and teens. This article first appeared here on the Biblical Counseling Coalition website. You peek into your waiting room and … Read More

How to Overcome an Addiction

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Isn’t it true some addictions look harmless? Yet anything that enslaves you harms you. Thank God, He empowers you to overcome an addiction. Hard work helps. Workaholism harms. Eating good food — satisfying. Bingeing for comfort — sad. Clothing your kids in cute outfits rocks. A shopping addiction hurts. Karrie’s story Driving her minivan to the mall, Karrie* told herself … Read More