Getting started
By ddg
9/12/2011 4:17:25 PM
I went to the Bishop yesterday and I'm excited to begin the program with you all as my support group. I'm only six days sober, but I feel that the Lord is strengthening me daily.

The discussion was wonderful, the Bishop was not judgmental at all, just supportive and helpful. We set up a weekly accountability program. I plan on doing my "daily" accountability here, though I probably won't post something every day, I'll just be reading most of the time.

For some bio background: I'm old, male, and have had this addiction (mb) for decades (since my early teens). I tried therapy and meetings about 5 years ago, but the therapist didn't help at all, and the meetings were a trigger. I did much better by myself, and I had several periods of abstinence and sometimes I felt that I'd never go back. But I did go back.

So now I'm here. And this group makes me feel stronger, and we can cross talk here, and several of you have made comments that have had a profound positive effect in helping me to become stronger. For that, thank you, thank you, thank you.

I hope to work through the roots of my addiction and get onto the road to recovery, and I believe that someday you and I will all feel that "perfect brightness of hope" spoken of in the Book of Mormon.


"Stay positive - for that is when you are in the light - and are thinking clearly. Great job! Welcome!"
posted at 16:30:03 on September 12, 2011 by confidence

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"I will speak briefly of the principle of repentance. How grateful I am for the understanding we have of this great principle. It is not a harsh principle, as I thought when I was a boy. It is kind and merciful. The Hebrew root of the word means, simply, "to turn," or to return, to God. Jehovah pled with the children of Israel: "Return . . . and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful . . . and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God." When we acknowledge our sins, confess them and forsake them, and turn to God, He will forgive us."

— Richard G. Hinckley

General Conference April 2006