Category Archives: Substance Abuse Help
Meet The Staff.
My name is Mark Wholihan, and I’m a recovering addict. I am the Director of Substance Abuse and Recovery here at GodsDjs.com. I have struggled with substance abuse pretty much my entire life. My story is a long one so I’ll spare you all of the gruesome details, but starting at a very early age some of the drugs that I struggled with included alcohol, acid, mushrooms, cocaine, weed, heroin, meth, ecstasy, and countless others. Anything that I could get my hands on that would alter my state of being was something that I would willingly try. My drug of choice was “more”. Around the age of 23 was when I decided to turn my life around. A few years previous to that I had a very personal encounter with God, and it was then that I started realizing that my way of life was not the right one. Before that, I had no problem with the way I was living (drugs and alcohol every day, stealing, selling drugs, and more), but once I truly encountered God I began to feel guilty about the choices I was making. By 23, I was so depressed that suicide was not just a passing notion.
On multiple occasions, I drank enough and took enough drugs that I should have never woken up. I always ended up waking up though, every time, and eventually decided to seek help. I ended up going to Oakdale Recovery Center (located in Canton, Michigan) and that is where my journey to recovery began. After a 30-day inpatient intensive program at Oakdale (which the cost was completely covered by government programs) I was finally on my way to being free from all of my addictions. It hasn’t been an easy road, even 5 years later and after becoming an employee at the very rehab that I got clean in, but it is one that I am thankful that I’m on.
The community here at GodsDjs.com is something that I would have dreamed of having while I was initially struggling with all of my substance abuse. Having to research and find the proper avenues to overcome your addiction, while you are still addicted, is no easy task. That is one of the many reasons why we offer the information and services that we do here at GodsDjs. Below are some of the many ways in which we can offer substance abuse help:
We offer continual prayer to anyone and everyone!
24 Hour Hotline, where someone is always available to talk about anything you need dealing with substances (1-888-715-1561 ext. 8)
Information on how to sign up for free inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs and drug counseling
Listings of worldwide Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and events
A forum on GodsDjs.com where you can share your personal stories, or ask advice on dealing with your personal substance abuse issues
Email, instant message, and private messaging is also available along with many other forms of media to contact someone for any form of substance abuse help or advice (SubstanceAbuse@GodsDjs.com)
We are also available for one-on-one discussions at any events we are at, or at a predetermined meeting place locally
We offer free pamphlets at any event that we are present at.
While there are many different substance abuse services available, below we have highlighted some of the ones that we have had positive personal experiences with and fully support.
Life Challenge — http://www.lifechallengesemi.org/
I have personally met several students and employees from this program that have shown great success in their recovery. Life Challenge has spoken at previous GodsDjs.com events, and they are a very welcoming group. This description of their program is directly from the above listed website:
Life Challenge is a one-year residential program for men and women with drug, alcohol, and other life-controlling addictions. Affiliated with Teen Challenge USA, International, our goal is more than rehabilitation—helping men and women get clean and sober. Our purpose is to make fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Consequently, we seek to help men and women turn from their self-destructive ways and put their faith in God. We emphasize Bible study, counseling, and Christian community. Life Challenge has campuses in Detroit and Flint. Both programs offer a highly structured environment providing a unique opportunity for people to separate themselves temporarily from the normal distractions of life and give needed attention to personal spiritual growth.
Salvation Army — http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
The Salvation Army is known for many things, and one of them is their drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. There are many centers locally and nationwide. I have personally met several people who have participated in their program and have continued to stay clean. Below is a brief description of their services:
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each beneficiary (program participant) is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to assist each person to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ.
SEMCA (Southeast Michigan Community Alliance) — http://www.semca.org/
SEMCA is a government-funded community that can help you in any of your rehabilitation needs in Michigan. While SEMCA does not provide coverage to all Michigan Residents, if you are out of their area, they can refer you to the proper channels. SEMCA is the agency that I used to find Oakdale and start my personal recovery. They are very accommodating and knowledgeable concerning government funding and how you can get treatment for free or at reduced prices. Their mission statement is as follows: To maintain an active presence in Southeast Michigan substance abuse delivery system by utilizing all our resources, experience and expertise in evaluating, monitoring, and funding distribution.
Alcoholics Anonymous – http://www.aa.org
I personally have gone to many AA meetings, and have had nothing but positive results from them. AA consists of a community of alcoholics that gather together to speak about their continuing struggles concerning alcoholism, and to be supportive of others in the group. It is important to have community and other people that can relate with you, even years after initially getting clean. From their website: Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous – http://www.na.org
I first attended NA meetings as a child with my father, and still continue attending to this day because of the positive and supportive atmosphere that they offer. NA is an organization much like AA, but with a focus on narcotics instead of just alcohol addiction. From their website: We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.
We here at GodsDjs.com want to do everything in our power to help you become free from your addictions. With God’s help and guidance we believe that this is something that is not only possible for everyone, but is also positive for everyone. It is our hope that you will feel more than comfortable contacting us, and we look forward to getting to know you!
Director of Substance Abuse Recovery – GodsDJs.com
Bible verses relating to Substance Abuse.
Proverbs 20:1 NIV — Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Proverbs 23:19-21 The Message — Oh listen, dear child—become wise; point your life in the right direction. Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags.
Proverbs 23:29-35 The Message — Who are the people who are always crying the blues? Who do you know who reeks of self-pity? Who keeps getting beat up for no reason at all? Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot? It’s those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business. Don’t judge wine by its label, or its bouquet, or its full-bodied flavor. Judge it rather by the hangover it leaves you with— the splitting headache, the queasy stomach. Do you really prefer seeing double, with your speech all slurred, Reeling and seasick, drunk as a sailor? “They hit me,” you’ll say, “but it didn’t hurt; “they beat on me, but I didn’t feel a thing. When I’m sober enough to manage it, bring me another drink!”
Isaiah 28:1-13 The Message –
1-4 Doom to the pretentious drunks of Ephraim,
shabby and washed out and seedy—
Tipsy, sloppy-fat, beer-bellied parodies
of a proud and handsome past.
Watch closely: God has someone picked out,
someone tough and strong to flatten them.
Like a hailstorm, like a hurricane, like a flash flood,
one-handed he’ll throw them to the ground.
Samaria, the party hat on Israel’s head,
will be knocked off with one blow.
It will disappear quicker than
a piece of meat tossed to a dog.
5-6 At that time, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will be
the beautiful crown on the head of what’s left of his people:
Energy and insights of justice to those who guide and decide,
strength and prowess to those who guard and protect.
7-8 These also, the priest and prophet, stagger from drink,
weaving, falling-down drunks,
Besotted with wine and whiskey,
can’t see straight, can’t talk sense.
Every table is covered with vomit.
They live in vomit.
9-10 “Is that so? And who do you think you are to teach us?
Who are you to lord it over us?
We’re not babies in diapers
to be talked down to by such as you—
‘Da, da, da, da,
blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
that’s a good little boy.’”
11-12 But that’s exactly how you will be addressed.
God will speak to this people
In baby talk, one syllable at a time—
and he’ll do it through foreign oppressors.
He said before, “This is the time and place to rest,
to give rest to the weary.
This is the place to lay down your burden.”
But they won’t listen.
13 So God will start over with the simple basics
and address them in baby talk, one syllable at a time—
“Da, da, da, da,
blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl,
that’s a good little boy.”
And like toddlers, they will get up and fall down,
get bruised and confused and lost.
Romans 13:13-14 NIV — Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Romans 14:21 NIV — It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
1 Corinthians 6:10-11 NIV — nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Galatians 5:19-24 The Message — 19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
Ephesians 5:18-20 The Message — Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 3:8-13 The Message — The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.
1 Peter 4:3-5 The Message — You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet—and before God himself.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV — Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Isaiah 5:11-17 The Message –
Doom to those who get up early
and start drinking booze before breakfast,
Who stay up all hours of the night
drinking themselves into a stupor.
They make sure their banquets are well-furnished
with harps and flutes and plenty of wine,
But they’ll have nothing to do with the work of God,
pay no mind to what he is doing.
Therefore my people will end up in exile
because they don’t know the score.
Their “big men” will starve to death
and the common people die of thirst.
Sheol developed a huge appetite,
swallowing people nonstop!
Big people and little people alike
down that gullet, to say nothing of all the drunks.
The down-and-out on a par
with the high-and-mighty,
Windbag boasters crumpled,
flaccid as a punctured bladder.
But by working justice,
God-of-the-Angel-Armies will be a mountain.
By working righteousness,
Holy God will show what “holy” is.
And lambs will graze
as if they owned the place,
Kids and calves
right at home in the ruins.
Luke 21:34-36 The Message — “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 The Message — But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.
1 Peter 1:13 NIV — Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
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