Victory Assured (Part 1): The Great Escape

In Victory Assured, Ps Adrian Webster shares his personal story of the downward steps that led to his entrapment in the world of substance abuse.  Part 1 has a special focus on the role that musical choice played in opening the way for this steady decline.  It may be that this message will reveal important warning signs in your life, or that of a loved one.  More important than the downward spiral is the message of hope that comes through the sharing of how Ps Adrian found salvation from the world of drug addiction.

Victory Assured (Part 2): Escape Class 101

Continuing where part 1 of Victory Assured ended off, Ps Adrian Webster outlines a number of easy-to-understand principles that will be of practical value to anyone seeking to escape from and remain clear of substance abuse.  These essential aspects were learned from personal experience and have played a major role in ensuring that Ps Adrian has remained free from the world of substance abuse, by the grace of God, for the past 12 years.  Be sure to watch this episode with a pen and paper close at hand.

A Rave of a Time? Or an Act of Worship?

What is the Rave Culture really all about?  Is it just an innocent feel-good party scene?  Or is there an underlying spiritual intention that motivates these popular events?  Many young people participate in the rave scene, attracted at face value by the ideals of peace, love unity and respect (P.L.U.R).  Indeed these are great ideals to aspire to.  In this candid presentation the true spirit that underlies the rave scene is revealed.  If you’re not ready to have your world rocked, then don’t watch this episode in the Beyond Addiction series!!

Facing the Giant: A State of Emergency

Many people’s approach to the problem of addiction is to simply ignore it in the hopes that it will disappear by itself. Over the years, substance abuse has grown to become a formidable moral giant which threatens the very fabric of society. Indeed, at this point in time, drug addiction has created an international state of emergency. Unless it is dealt with decisively with a multi-faceted approach this giant will eventually destroy society as we know it!

Chain Reaction: Understanding Addiction (Part 1) - The Healthy Brain

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the brain to provide the experience consciousness, thought, feeling and pleasure? The brain is an intricate and delicate network of nerves (neurons) which carry electrical signals and release chemical communicators known as neurotransmitters. The healthy brain depends on the various neurotransmitters maintaining a fine balance. By taking certain drugs this balance is upset, which accounts for the altered brain function and change in thought patterns so often associated with drug abuse.

Chain Reaction: Understanding Addiction (Part 2) - The Addicted Brain

Once one has an understanding of how the brain operates under normal healthy conditions, it is much easier to understand how the brain’s function is altered by the ingestion of various substances. The change in neurotransmitter balance between the drug induced highs and lows is what leads to damage of the neuronal system and creates the neurobiological situation experienced as addiction.

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 1) - Caffeine

Very few people think of caffeine as a drug. Despite this fact, caffeine is indeed a drug. It creates a high which is followed by a corresponding low and its use over time is habit forming and detrimental to physical and mental health. Caffeine is indeed a drug which has managed to fly beneath the moral radar of society. It has gained access to a very large variety of foods, drinks and medications. But don’t be deceived by its popularity and general societal acceptance. It would be wise to exclude the use of all caffeine from one’s diet and lifestyle.

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 2) - Tobacco

The second socially acceptable drug that has managed to fly under the radar is tobacco - more specifically nicotine. Millions of people die each year around the world as a direct result of either active or passive smoking. Fortunately, governments around the world are starting to tighten up on legislation relating to advertising and sale of tobacco products. Despite the fact that it is socially acceptable and legal, tobacco is one of the most challenging substances to break free of. Nevertheless, there is hope. More and more people around the world are breaking free from the use of this poisonous weed. Why not join the intelligent crowd!

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 3) - Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most popular socially acceptable drugs. It’s another one of those drugs which have managed to fly in under society’s moral radar. Despite the incredible annual death rate directly and indirectly attributable to alcohol consumption, there are still many who believe that the key to winning the battle against the ravages of alcohol consumption is not total abstinence but moderate drinking. As someone once said, “moderate drinking is the school in which the drunkard is prepared for his career.”

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 4) - Alcohol in the Bible

Whenever one seeks to speak about the dangers of alcohol, there is bound to be someone in the crowd who raises the question as to whether the use of alcohol is permitted in Scripture. After all, didn’t Jesus turn the water into wine when he attended the wedding at Cana? Can Christians really take a strong stand against the use of alcohol if the Bible doesn’t teach total abstinence? Some churches will even use alcoholic wine when conducting the communion service. How sad to think that some soul may taste alcohol for the first time in church! Worse yet, how sad to think that some alcoholic may have begun his journey into addiction while sitting around the communion table.

Chemical Weapons: Identifying the Enemy (Part 1) - Over-the-Counter-Medicines, Cocaine, Ecstasy

Perhaps if society were to use the same language employed by governments to describe the war on terror, there would be a greater societal motivation to fight the substance abuse problem. Recreationally abused drugs are chemical weapons that are destroying the minds, the lives, and the families of those who toy with them. It does not matter whether it is over-the-counter medications or the hardcore illegal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. They all have potential to addict and kill the abuser.

Chemical Weapons: Identifying the Enemy (Part 2) - Marijuana, LSD

One of the most popularly abused family of drugs is the hallucinogens. This family includes the psychoactive drugs such as LSD and marijuana. One application for the use of these drugs is for spiritual purposes. While these drugs are difficult to physically overdose on, they do have incredibly dangerous spiritual and psychological risks. They are not to be toyed with lightly!

Chemical Weapons: Identifying the Enemy (Part 3) - Meth-Amphetamine and Heroin

Two of the most harmful and most addictive illegal drugs known to mankind are Meth-Amphetamine and Heroin. How do these drugs work? Is it possible to find freedom from their stranglehold? Despite the incredibly devastating results there is, without a doubt, hope for those who are seeking freedom.

Chemical Synergy: How Drugs Work Together

Most people have probably heard about so-called ‘Gateway Drugs’. These are the socially acceptable drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine which create in the user the appetite for something stronger and often lead to experimentation with stronger, illegal drugs. There is abundant, well-documented scientific research indicating that the socially acceptable drugs are not only addictive individually, but when combined, amplify their addictive potential. This research is important to take into consideration when seeking to help someone find freedom from the heavier drugs. True healing necessitates the cessation from all substances, including the socially acceptable ‘gateway drugs’.

Making Sense of It All: The Drug Reality

Have you ever wondered why people take drugs in the first place? What is it that attracts a drug abuser to their substances when the harmful effects are so well known? Understanding some of the root causes can be useful in seeking to assist someone to break free of addictive behaviors.

Signs of Trouble: Identifying A Drug Abuser

Are there any tell-tale signs of drug abuse? Indeed there are! It is very important that every parent or person in a position of responsibility is aware of the warning signs that may indicate a problem with addiction. The sooner one identifies the problem, the easier it is to deal with.

Confrontation: Intervention Principles

It is never easy to accept the disturbing news that someone dear to you has succumbed to some form of hurtful addiction. But what should one do once this sad fact is confirmed? How should the matter be approached? Is ignoring the situation an option? Will it simply ‘blow over’? What are the principles of intervention that will ensure the greatest possibility of a positive and constructive outcome?

Living Free: Restoration & Healing

It is too often the case that people outsource their health and physical well-being to healthcare professionals. Yet, the truth is that there are so many daily decisions that are within every individual’s power to make that will greatly enhance quality of life and assist with the healing process. Simple things such as choosing optimal nutrition, obtaining daily exercise, drinking enough water as well as the use of simple natural remedies will all help to ensure that the body detoxifies itself efficiently and returns to a place of natural balance and healthy equilibrium.

Healing Factors: The Spiritual Component

Why is spirituality included as an important aspect of the healing process? Isn’t it enough to simply encourage healthy relationships, good lifestyle practices and include some natural remedies to help cleanse the physical body system? Human beings are made up of at least five components which all need to be addressed and held in balance with one another: intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual. Those who have the greatest long-term success in overcoming addiction are those who find a heartfelt spiritual connection with God.

Shaping Who We Are: The Consequences of Thought

Have you ever noticed that the longer you engage in a certain pattern of behavior the harder it becomes to break off that behavior. The reason for this is that over time the brain trains certain neural pathways that enable automatic performance of often repeated behaviors or thoughts. This is an important neurobiological principle to understand as a person seeks to break off the old habits of addiction and replace them with new healthy habits. With a little bit of persistent training, the brain will ‘rewire’ itself to encourage healthy function and freedom from habits of addiction.

Keys to Success: Promises You Can Count On

Does the Bible contain any divine promises and principles that will be of assistance to a person struggling to overcome addiction? Absolutely YES! In fact, you may just be surprised at how relevant the Bible is to those who are seeking the keys to success in their fight against addiction.

Freedom Day: A Time for Divine Healing

Perhaps the most important aspect in finding true healing from addiction is quality time with the Creator God from whom flows all power for moral regeneration. Yet, at the same time, perhaps the greatest curse of the twenty-first century is its rapid-paced life which so often prevents a person from allocating the time needed to get connected with God on a meaningful level. The good news is that God has declared a Freedom Day for human beings in an effort to ensure that we get the needed quality time with Him that will bring us power and lasting victory.