“Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature” – Romans 12:2 (CEV)

A friend told me that when he was a child, his family used to drive through the country on Sunday evenings for weekly family outings. As his father drove the car, he would point out certain landmarks in the fields to his left or right. My friend said that a slight problem was created when his father did this: He often wound up steering the car in that direction, coming very close at times to getting the family into some serious accidents.

In recovery, there are moments in our walk where we are distracted from our goals and the direction we are heading and we veer off into areas that are dangerous to us personally, relationally, and spiritually. Like the father of my friend, we too may come disturbingly close to getting into situations that could lead to an unintentional accident, a relapse.

We call these situations “Slips.” Most of the time, slips are unintentional, as we do not see the blind spots in our life journey; and at other times, we may intentionally speed up through the caution signs and lights that God desires us to heed.

In the near future there will be more posts about slips. Until then, as you look into the mirror of the Word, consider if you might be driving the vehicle of your life carelessly or recklessly into unintentional or intentional areas that you made a resolve to avoid. Ignoring these slips could cause a relapse and a return to maladaptive or compulsive behavior.

However, please know that the slip can be a wake-up call during which a spiritual jolt is delivered in our side from our Lord to get us to re-focus from the distraction at hand and back onto the road that leads not only toward sobriety, but also toward eternity.

Feel free to leave a comment or pass this post to others who you think would like to read it and by all means visit my other page at dr ken mcgill’s blog for more helpful “counseling” information.

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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