Putting The Index To Practice
If you want to expand your search on a specific topic and study it in greater depth, each topic is followed by related concepts or issues. For instance, should you desire to further meditate on trust, you would see “see also Doubt, Faith” in parentheses. You now have a choice—you can continue to read about trust, or you can study either or both of these concepts.
Before we continue our study on trust, we’re going to discuss this a little further. If you look back to the words in the parentheses, note that the first is an antonym (a word with an opposite meaning) and the second is a synonym (a word with the same or similar meaning). With trust, you started with a positive concept. In parentheses you see “faith,” a word that will allow you to continue studying positive topics and information similar to trust. But what if you want to begin with a negative state that you are struggling with?
Within substance abuse and addiction, and throughout recovery, an individual may frequently battle a host of negative mindsets, feelings, and actions. Sometimes, a person may wish to look for verses and resources connected to these things as a way to overcome them.
To understand this, let’s go back to our initial search for stress and take a momentary break from our study on trust. Stress can dominate a person’s life with negativity, oppressing them in such a way that they don’t feel independent from the effects of substance abuse. On this subject, if you look up “bondage,” you would be directed to an opposite and positive state—“freedom.” Once you continue to this topic, you will have at your fingertips even more Bible verses and recovery resources to discover. These can help a person to transition more smoothly from the negative behaviors, emotions, and thoughts associated with a life of substance abusing, to those which are positive.