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I want to abstain
By Trevor
7/20/2011 2:43:01 PM
Step 1 - Action Step — Become willing to abstain
This step seems a little silly to me. Of COURSE I'm willing to abstain. Why else would I be here? I want to stop. I can no longer stand being shackled. I'm tired of the guilt, the wasted time and energy, the loss of self-control. I'm sick of my life being focused around this addiction so much of the time. I want to be proud of who I am and what I'm doing with my life. I want my mind and body to be a place where the Spirit can dwell. I want to be able to look my future wife in the eyes unashamed, knowing that I am worthy of her as my companion. I want my children to look up to me as a source of strength. I am UNwilling to allow my life to keep going as it has, coasting along without direction, mired in doubt and insecurity and shame.

I deserve better than what this addiction has made of my life. I deserve to be free. I deserve to love and be loved.

That is why I am willing to abstain.

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Oh, Grasshopper,    
"you have much to learn."
posted at 15:19:41 on July 20, 2011 by Anonymous
It sounds like    
"It sounds like you have taken step 1. Admitting that you are powerless over lust - that your life has been unmanageable.

What's next? Keep moving.... Come to a belief that a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity. God is the only source of Sanity in this life. Everyone is sick in one way or another especially us addicts. It is time to seek God and figure out who he is. He isn't lost, but you have to seek him. As soon as you invite him in, he will will be there. He will show up the way you need him to show up.

Then keep moving.... Good Luck!"
posted at 15:31:15 on July 20, 2011 by jblackb


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