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Help Thou mine unbelief....
By Girlie
7/19/2012 12:31:23 PM
Step 2 - Key Principle — Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.

Mark 9:24 — And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

So many times I seriously doubt that I will be able to successfully overcome my sexual and emotional addiction. I wonder How will I be able to successfully even complete the withdrawal phase of recovery...after all I've tried countless times.

But the 12-step program incorporates the Higher Power. I know Him as God. This man in the New Testament said he believed, but he also had unbelief. He asked the Lord for help.

And so can I.

I've no idea how I am going to get through recovery. But I do believe it is possible. And when I doubt, I seriously ask God for help with my unbelief. He reassures me that I can do this. The road isn't easy. The journey may be long. But I can do this with His help.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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From the AA Big Book:
When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day. When I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases.
The program has answers.

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"But the very next time we have the urge and the wave breaks over us again knocking us off our feet, we don't act out our habit, we don't resort to our drug-one day at a time, one hour at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. And the craving passes!" (WB pg. 70)

Comments:

Progress    
"Not much. Worked on my LDS addiction recovery book in Step 2. GM called 2X, I called him 1X and emailed him 1X.

I now have a list of female SLAA contacts. I'm seriously not sure what I am supposed to do with this list. If anyone knows and can give me a clue, it would be very helpful."
posted at 12:33:32 on July 19, 2012 by Girlie
Call the contacts    
"Hi.

I have a list of contacts that I call. My sponsor made me get a list of 10-15 people I could call. In your case, it's hard getting female contacts so this may be the best you can do.

It probably feels contrived and awkward to call a stranger out of the blue and talk about addictive things. But I have learned this is perfectly normal. I have never turned anyone down when I get called out of the blue.

If you feel uncomfortable about it, perhaps you could start with a txt message and state you were with SLAA and was looking for some guidance.. then call. It could be really good for you to have a few people to call when you are tempted to call GM. Just call your new friends friends instead and tell them what you want to do.. They will be gracious and tell you how hard it is and how amazing you are to call them instead.

my 2 cents"
posted at 17:38:37 on July 19, 2012 by Hurtallover
Don't Give Up    
"The secret is to never give up. I have struggled with a masturbation habit that started about at the age of 15. I quit masturbating when I was about the age of 26. But I have fallen from time to time until the year 2006. I then went six years without messing. Then I read some inappropriate written material and did it again once several days ago.

Do not give up! If you give up you will only bring yourself misery. Pray to the LORD to find true joy in your life and to be delivered from temptation. Keep pressing on toward the prize."
posted at 23:26:19 on July 19, 2012 by Anonymous


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