Grace is Available to Everyone; Roy Nelson on Addiction, Hope and Freedom

I’ve been thinking a lot about connection lately. Connection and community and how we need them like we need oxygen. We need someone to bear witness to our lives. We need to be there for each other. My hope is that we can continue to open our hearts, reach across a sea of difference and create a world community based on respect and love instead of fear.

Today’s show is about addiction, a struggle that so often stems from a lack of connection, from needs unfulfilled. Addiction can offer the illusion of connection but the destruction is deep, the hole tragically hard to climb out of. Some make it out, through moments of grace and a lot of hard work, but many do not.

Roy Nelson has walked the path of childhood wounding, addiction, grace, and recovery. He is a transformational speaker, spiritual healer, and the creator of the Nelson Method of Addiction Treatment.  He specializes in working with addicts for whom every other method of recovery has failed. Roy is the author of Love Notes from Hell: Stories of Hopeless Addiction, Obsession and Freedom. Join us for this discussion of addiction, freedom, and what connection really means.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Roy’s childhood: poverty, violence, religion and alcohol
  • Overly sensitive, abnormally fearful, and desperately looking for relief
  • A school dropout, veteran, husband, and father of four by age 23
  • The first addictions: fantasy, food, cigarettes, and alcohol
  • Faulty data and faulty core beliefs
  • The three components of addiction: pain killer, escape, and punishment
  • Unlearning: defragging the Master Computer
  • Roy’s rock-bottom and moment of grace
  • Gathering help from various sources
  • Addiction: the symptom of the REAL problem
  • Why people become addicts
  • The clear problem: the perception of being separate from God and other people
  • Helping those who slip through the cracks
  • Higher self/Lower self
  • The sweet spirit that brings healing
  • Attitude and action
  • Steps to take RIGHT NOW
  • True freedom and healing
  • Surrender to win
  • Grace is equally available to ALL
  • 4 big questions to ask yourself

Resources:  (Take Roy’s quiz to learn about your addictions!)

Love Notes From Hell: Stories of Hopeless Addiction, Obsession, and Freedom by Roy Nelson

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