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The brain’s love affair with drugs

By Charlene Scott Myers

Special to the Catholic

A man who lived for years with low self esteem — and suffered because of it — urged teachers of Catholic schools to “learn what kids are encountering in their lives.”

 The teachers from Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Dodge City gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Aug. 16 to discuss “the opioid crisis in Kansas” and to try to figure out why students take drugs that sometimes lead them to suicide.

Three youths of varying ages have committed suicide in recent months in the Dodge City area.

 Raymond Colligan was one of the two speakers at the cathedral gathering.

“When I was a freshman at a Catholic high school, my mother learned to dislike one of my teachers because of what he taught,” Colligan recalled.

“It wasn’t such a thing as a bad word, just words used badly,” he explained.

  “We students were not allowed to use the ‘N’ word or ‘bullocks,’ (a derogatory and vulgar British slang word that means spineless and lacking in courage.)”

But apparently, his teacher used the words, and some of his classmates taunted him by yelling that Colligan’s name was “bullocks.”

So following his graduation, he set out to prove his rude classmates were wrong.      

He devoted himself to Native Americans, and worked for the Jesuits on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota for 18 years.

“And without my consent, I was formed to do the work I do now,” he said. 

Colligan received a Masters Degree in Counseling Studies and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor.  He was employed by Valley Hope, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, where he worked for 18 years.

He currently is in his fourth year of private practice, in addition to counseling on an outpatient basis.

“My job is to help people seek wisdom,” he told the teachers. 

“When a student is ready, God will send the teacher,” added the speaker who said he was “raised by Dominican Sisters.”

“The desire of my heart today is to inspire,” he told his audience of teachers.  “The word ‘insparata’ means ‘divinely touched.’”

Colligan noted that drug addiction “now is described as a brain disease,” and explained why drug addicts are “captured” by drug dependency.

“The brain changes,” he explained.  “It is profound.  You have a love affair with the drugs. The brain has us seeking pleasurable behavior, and the seeking continues despite the consequences.

“There is not a person in this room who has not experienced behavior repeating itself over and over.  We are seekers of pleasure, and despite the consequences, we keep at the behavior.  We seek relief from stress and wish to feel better and improve our performance.”

Human beings also like fun, and experience cultural pressure to experiment “with this or that,” he added.  “The human brain loves what it loves.  It took a long time in the midst of my growing up to learn that I lived in a culture that addicts us.

“My father was an Irishman, and I developed my self esteem based on my performance and work.  My first job was when I was a junior in high school.  I was driven, compulsive, and later learned I was addicted to work.

“Along with that job came cigarettes.  I was a junior and 18, and I carried a pack of cigarettes, and they couldn’t do anything about it!

 “I learned that white people and white cultures have an addiction to superiority.  For the 18 years I lived with Native Americans, I learned that some cultures have awful, awful problems, and that rich people can be dangerous with their huge sense of entitlement.”

Jesus said that it was as difficult for a rich man to enter heaven as for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, Colligan noted. 

“Poor people can get addicted to powerlessness and being victimized,” he said. “I have witnessed that.”

To break a self image and change your story takes a tremendous amount of hard work, he acknowledged.

“As a little boy, because of my father’s neglect, I believed I was unlovable, and I was not sure I would ever amount to anything.  I had to learn how to free my mind.  

“We need to look at the way we think,” he said.  “AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) has an expression ‘stinkin thinkin.’  We have to take on our attitude and way of behaving.  That’s what AA calls recovery, and that’s what I call salvation!”           

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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