April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and I have confidence you will want to learn along with me by answering the following True – False questions.

1. Addiction ignorance will eventually pollute our lives.

2. Stagnant denial will continue to poison our spirits.

3. Addictions is a family disease.

You may deny it for a while, but if you are honest with yourself, in time you will recognize and admit addiction infects all members of your family.

Not there yet? Give it time. Alcoholism – a Substance Use Disorder is a progressive disease.

Like a slow-spreading green slime in a once clear-flowing stream, addiction will foul the behavior of all the family members.

Until someone living with the contamination cries out, “I am powerless,” nothing will change.

Will you be that brave person?

I pray you are. And I pray, like me, you will find the courage to admit we cannot fix, control, change, or clean up another person’s act. That mop-up process is theirs alone.

Our job is to continue taking the steps needed to stop the spread of toxicity that threatens the peace of our souls. 

Together, let’s stop pretending everything is neat and clean. Let’s take the first step and sweep away self-malice. 

Our inner cleansing will begin when we replace our tainted self-lies with maturity and wholeness instilled in us by our Higher Power—A Power greater than us. 

So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God (1 Peter 2: 1-3 MSG).