Seeking Self-forgiveness (06:10)
Kevin Sessums climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro to forgive himself for contracting HIV. While climbing, Sessums was surrounded by a plant symbolizing forgiveness.
Religion and Forgiveness (04:06)
Sessums considers himself a theist and is relieved to no longer identify as a Christian. Sessums felt shame and guilt while stuck in a good vs. evil Protestant worldview.
Sessum's Memoir (07:47)
Sessums generalized about African viewpoints related to HIV when his experience was limited to Tanzania. As a child, he enjoyed watching Tarzan and was sexually excited by the characters.
Sessum's Drug Use (06:52)
Sessums has lived in a sustained state of grief since the loss of his parents at an early age. His addiction does not need a reason; drug use was pleasurable.
Addiction Recovery (07:11)
Sessums has found meaning in surrendering his will and being of service in recovery. Addicts display narcissistic behavior, but drug use occurs for a variety of reasons.
American Drug Use (07:04)
Most Americans who use illegal drugs do so without life-altering consequences. Military professionals use sanctioned drugs to perform duties and do not feel an addict’s guilt.
Drug Addiction (03:50)
Scientists cannot see the difference between brains of drugs users and non-drug users. Dosing is the most important factor in drug use; drugs cannot be blamed for one’s problems.
Finding a Life Balance (05:46)
In preparation for using drugs, Sessums purchased protein shakes and wheatgrass for the recovery period. After two years, he still feels the pangs of addiction.
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