By Joshua
7/27/2011 11:38:56 PM
how do I forgive myself?

how do u handle withdrawal symptoms?


"Josh- it took a long time for me to be able to forgive myself, for my actions towards others and myself. I have hurt so many indirectly through my years of addiction. What has helped me is as I have worked through issues from my past and have been able to release the emotional energy that has been pent up for years, I have been able to forgive or 'let go' and move on. I use the word forgive in an non-traditional sense, meaning more along the lines of I am letting go so I can quit being trapped by the events of the past. The past will not change why hang on to it. Do I agree with everything that happened? NO. Have I invited the people who hurt me back into my life fully? NO. What has happened is I feel more free now than I have in years. I have let go. As I have let go from the past, I see I to need to let go concerning myself.

The first two weeks are always the hardest for me. I have to keep a tight structured routine (prayer, scriptures, ARP meetings, work, church, social activities, etc) and have something planned each night. I also cannot have the computer by myself, especially at night. Since this is such a physical addiction, some type of physical release is necessary, running, playing sports, yoga, walking, etc. I also needed daily accountability--my Bishop was who I emailed daily.

Hope this helps. Recovery is worth it!"
posted at 23:36:51 on July 28, 2011 by rachp

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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987