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David Hampton

David Hampton has lived in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area since 1988, where he enjoyed two staff writing deals with major Nashville music labels. Upon the completion of his second publishing deal, he stepped in to the position of Director of Worship Arts at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, a position he held for nearly two decades. His wife, Tricia was diagnosed with a progressive form of MS in 1994 and passed away in May of 2013 due to complications from MS. They have one daughter, Lauren, who lives in the Greater Nashville area with her husband and young son.

As a man in his own recovery process, David embarked on his journey into sobriety in June of 2005, which led him to his current career path as a Certified Professional Addiction Recovery Coach in private practice in Greater Nashville. David is also a public speaker (represented by ambassadorspeakers.com) and the author of two books, Our Authentic Selves: Reflections On What We Believe and What We Wish We Believed (Lighthouse Publishing), as well as his most recent book, After the Miracle: Illusions Along the Path to Restoration (Morgan James New York). Both books speak to the challenges and day-to-day practices that make for a life of long-term sobriety. David has done additional training in the area of addiction and the brain, as well as addiction in family dynamics and the role of music therapy in recovery. David is cohost of the weekly Positive Sobriety Podcast available on iTunes and Spotify, as well as being a frequent contributor to various articles and recovery based materials. As a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), David works closely with Nashville area treatment centers, nonprofit recovery organizations, and consulting with faith-based groups trying to bridge the gap between the recovery communities and faith-based organizations who wish to understand addiction.

David makes his home in the downtown Nashville area with his Great Pyrenees, Lilly.

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Safe Haven: Harm-Reduction Care

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A Safe Haven approach focuses on providing those with substance use disorders help and safety rather than incarceration in order to minimize societal harms.

Learning to Take Life on Life’s Terms

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Those of us who have spent any time in recovery circles have heard the term, “Taking life on life’s terms.” But what does that really mean?

Surrender, Sanity, and Sacred Connection

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We have to allow people to feel what they already feel and know what they already know. This is the beginning of true surrender.

The Myth of the Magic Meetings

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Programs that involve 12-Step meetings are nearly universally used in addiction recovery. However, these meetings are not a magic cure-all.

The Difference Between Identity and Identifying in Recovery

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Identity plays a significant role in both addiction and recovery. Learn more about the difference between identity and identifying in recovery.

Dangers of the Negative Inner Narrative

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If you have a dangerous negative inner narrative, it could be holding you back from making the progress in recovery that you are seeking.

Recovery and the Price of Change

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If you are truly committed to change, you have to pay a price of some kind. However, the many benefits of recovery are worth any price.

People in the Thresholds of Recovery

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People in the thresholds of recovery are in liminal spaces between a life of addiction and a life of sobriety where we learn who we truly are.

Thresholds of Recovery

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Liminality, the space in between the sense of being in between your past and your future, defines the thresholds of recovery.

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