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Keep coming back it works......if you work it.
By Down not out
1/7/2013 11:07:05 PM
The general idea of the first addiction recovery program was people getting together who had the same addiction and receiving strength in numbers. I am an addict of all things unchaste unclean and immoral. I have been aware of my addiction for 9 years but the seeds were planted almost 20 years ago. I have two young daughters and a wife who knows about my addiction. I have every reason to strive to overcome my addiction but I don't.
I am insane. I do the same things expecting different results. The only recovery I enjoyed was when I was working the steps every day and made it a point to reach out to a fellow addict even when I wasn't struggling. Who knows maybe someone might benefit from the call. Sometimes as addicts we need to be talked down from that spiritual ledge we're about to jump from.
The reason I bring this up is I struggle so much with reaching out and not isolating. I have had success when calling a friend or sponsor, yet I come up with the best excuses not to call. The answer isn't a secret. You want to be sober from this disease? Working the steps includes admitting your powerlessness( first step) if we as addicts can't admit on a regular basis our own powerlessness then we haven't worked the first step.
Admitting to God is good but it is a whole lot harder to pick up the phone, and that's what makes the surrender more meaningful. You don't have to go into detail about the nature of your struggle. Just talking to someone who knows exactly how you feel makes a big difference. Pick up the phone when your struggling and even when your not. The person on the other end will be glad you called.

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3 cheers!    
"Agreed. Man, it's so much easier said than done. I like how you related calling our sponsor to step one. Yes! Now we're talking real practical step work. Which is exactly what I need. Good reminder. Thank you sir."
posted at 23:18:36 on January 7, 2013 by they_speak
Yeah    
"My sponsor says reaching out to another human being helps because light dispels the darkness. Odd, huh?"
posted at 05:04:13 on January 8, 2013 by g1rlie


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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

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