The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature

The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature By Steven Sanders As a reader of Celestial Prescriptions, you are likely already aware of the benefits of spending time in nature. Author and journalist Richard Louv has developed the notion that our society suffers from what he calls “nature deficit disorder,” due to the lack of time we spend out in nature. Without much delving in to this idea, you probably see this in your own life, and in the lives {Read More}

How Addiction Saved My Life

        I know I haven’t posted much lately since I’m actually working on the book, but I was honored to receive a request to write a guest post for Liberty in Christ Ministries if you’d like to check it out. Be sure to read Patty’s story too while you’re there…it’s a good one!

Not All is Lost! {Guest Post on Marriage and Addiction}

Today I have a guest post on dealing with addiction in the marriage relationship from Saint Jude Retreats. Hope you enjoy! Not all is lost! By Annie Kochneva (Saint Jude Retreats) When thinking about marriage, more often than not, people would first recall the beginning stages of how their family came to be. The proposal, the excitement, the wedding preparation, the vows, the respect and appreciation, the general care for the other person, their feelings and their well-being, the pure {Read More}

Can You Ever Feel Normal After Narcotic Addiction?

Come visit me over at Addiction Blog today. Can you really ever feel normal after narcotic addiction?                          

The War on Drugs

So much for Simple Saturdays, life has been anything but simple this week. One of my closest friends learned that her mom committed suicide (pills) on the same day she learned she’s having a baby boy. My short and oh-so-sassy 18-year-old daughter had her heart broken yesterday after attending a funeral for a boy her age who died of an accidental overdose. Pills…pills…pills…are taking over our families! How have we come to this?  I remember seeing a video about the {Read More}

Christianity and Addiction~Guest Post at Addiction Blog

    I’m excited to be over at addiction blog today with an article and powerful poem on the spiritual warfare of addiction. Please visit me over there today and feel free to leave a comment! I’ll be posting the poem here on my blog in a few weeks. Please share it with anyone you know who might be battling with the hopelessness of addiction.

Biblical help with drug addiction~Guest Post at addictionblog.org

Drug addiction…pure joy? Hardly. Drug addiction often seems impossible to overcome. It cannot be done alone, yet it’s deemed so shameful it’s difficult to share with anyone to get help. So many people attempt to overcome it alone, which Satan just loves. Because the brain is affected so specifically in drug addiction, going it alone just gives Satan a welcome invitation to set up residence in your brain. He will justify all of the wrong decisions you make. Loneliness is {Read More}

Serving a Supernatural God in an Ordinary World—Is He Your Superhero?

  For seven years I sought the help of medical doctors, psychologists, chiropractors, and other natural healers to cure me of grand-mal seizures, migraine headaches, depression, and opiate addiction. I hate the think about the thousands upon thousands of dollars I spent doing so. All that time, I had a direct line to a Superhero. I kept relying on worldly resources when I really needed the Great Physician. The creator of the universe. The ultimate healer. The one who holds {Read More}

Learning Through Change…and Patience

There are some new adventures in the Vaughan household these days. Our vacation of Beachy Goodness was just what we needed before the wave of change took place.  So here’s a mixed-up post to go with my mixed-up life. Forgive my rambling. It’s the state of my brain right now.   Miranda just graduated from high school.  Even though she will be doing the thirteenth year program her first year and going to Greenville Tech, she and her best friend are {Read More}

Addiction may be stalking closer than you think…

I wanted to share this poem again today. This poem has been a very popular blog post for me, and I didn’t know who wrote it until today. From what I’ve found, a 21-year old woman wrote it by the name of Ashley Van Davis who lost her life to crystal meth. It was found in the top drawer of her dresser after she died. She may have written it about crystal meth, but it applies to any addictive substance. {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Made to Crave

Here are a few things I know about taste and mood:  It makes us happy to eat something sweet…a comfort food. If we eat a healthy diet, we feel better and are therefore happier. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  We feel happier—more satisfied—when our stomachs are full.  And last but not least… Food is often about relationships. Relationships between us and God, us and friends, and us and our own soul. There have been tons of {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Freedom to Fly

I’ve written a few blog posts recently about freedom. With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th ahead, we see much in the news about the freedom of our country. I’m thankful every day for the soldiers who fight for our country’s freedom. But for each of us personally, what good is the freedom of our country if we aren’t free within ourselves?  Freedom is a big word.  Personal freedom is like a hot air balloon. There are so {Read More}

The Secret to a fulfilled life with purpose

I had an article published at “Inspire A Fire” this week on the addiction part of my story. If you’ve read my story page on here you know my story is full of gut wrenching moments, but the addiction part seems to gain much attention; maybe because I’m a pharmacist, maybe because I’m a Christian, or maybe just because it’s the juiciest part of the story. It makes no difference to me, as long as someone is brought closer to Christ through it.  One {Read More}

Narcotics~Let Me Introduce You

A “friend of a friend” wrote this poem and was kind enough to allow me to post it, though he wishes to remain anonymous. In my last post, I commented that you cannot truly understand drug addiction until you’ve been there. No matter how or why someone ends up addicted to drugs, prescription or otherwise, they lose any thought of control in their life. As I explained in a recent post, Help…I’m in Pain!, narcotics actually change the chemistry of our {Read More}