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Tentative Recovery Plan....
By SeekingHelp
3/30/2013 12:20:20 AM
So, over the past few days I've been thinking a lot about my start on this journey and all the advice and support I have been given, which I couldn't be more appreciative for. So, I am coming again for advice.

I've been thinking a lot about meetings and getting to a bishop again, but I don't think I am at a point in my life where either of those are possible right now. I am never in one place for longer then 4 months and I personally feel that if I am going to be going to meetings and talking to a bishop it needs to be a place where I am stable. This is where I am seeking advice. I have come up with what I think is a good plan and want to know what y'all think because this is really the only place I have to talk about this.

So, I graduate in July and by the time I graduate I should have a job lined up and be ready to be a for real on my own adult. Then once I am stable and on my own I will go to my bishop and start going to meetings and get on the fast track to forever sobriety. BUT between now and July I plan on getting into the habit of reading my scriptures and praying. Both of which have become non-existent since my addiction started. I guess basically between now and then just try to replace my addiction with the spiritual stuff I am lacking and then when July rolls around I will hopefully be in a place where I can confess and forsake. (This may have sounded better in my head...)

Opinions?

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opinion    
"I am sorry to say this but there is no such thing called fast track to forever sobriety. Some people hop on this site with a few weeks of sobriety and proclaim they are forever healed. Forever sobriety requires daily sacrifice and putting away our own plans for God's better plan for us. It takes daily work for the rest of your life.

All the things you plan to do are great and you should do them all. It will be up to you when you are ready to surrender all to know the Lord. Did you know that their are phone meetings? Check out SAlifeline.com. Trust me, we all have reasons not to attend meetings or see the Bishop. It is really up to you and what you are ready to do about your addiction.

Remember Alma 34

32 For behold, this alife is the time for men to bprepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of cthis life is the day for men to perform their dlabors.

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many awitnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not bprocrastinate the day of your crepentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the dnight of edarkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

I will just offer this advise, Pray and ask God to lead you in what you should do. Listen for the answer, and go and do even if the timing seems inconvenient.
I wish you all the best."
posted at 01:39:31 on March 30, 2013 by Anonymous
its a good start    
"it's interesting because in the saa pre meeeting readings, there is a phrase that we tried to find an easier way and failed.

i pray that reading the scriptures and doing your best till july works for you. maybe it will. i completly understsnd waiting till you are out of school before jumping in. it would be a pain dealing with everything and last semester.

i will reiterate what was said above. there isnt a fast track to a cure. maybe you didnt mean it that way. the best we can do is tame the beast one day at a time. we get better at it but the thinklg ive lesrned is that when im doing my best, my addict is outside doing pushups waiting for me to let my guard down.

i think it was angel who said addicts need to see their addiction as a blessing ... they dont get to be kinda close to the lord. they are either close to the lord. or they are relapsing. no middle ground.

so hold on tight. recovery is a lifestyle. when in recovery. its very rewarding. you just have to remember how sucky relapse is.. thats why i keep going to meetings..

good luck!"
posted at 22:12:27 on March 30, 2013 by Anonymous
You can do this!    
"I don't know about anyone else, but it has never been a good time for me to go to meetings and immerse myself into recovery. Never. There are Always things I'd rather be doing. But there are meetings. SA, ARP, SLAA, even AA. AA meetings are often open to those with other types of addictions.

And, speaking for myself only, life as my addict is no life at all because it is contrary to God's Plan of Happiness, and thus contrary to the state of happiness....

I'm so happy that you are seeking recovery early. Wish I would have...except I didn't realize I had an addiction. I just thought I was a bad person. Rather, I was and am a sick person trying to get well, not a bad person trying to become good.

Your sister in recovery,

Caroline"
posted at 18:06:43 on April 1, 2013 by g1rlie
I understand    
"It's always hard to open up to someone when their presence seems temporary and it doesn't seem worth it. Personally, I tried just reading my scriptures and saying my prayers (I also have been slacking on these things since my addiction) but it hasn't really been enough for me. Seeing my bishop has helped, even though ill be moving after the school year also. It could be different for you though :) keep strong!"
posted at 01:44:18 on April 2, 2013 by Reachingout
meetings and bishop saved me!! only thing that saved me.    
"really meetings and my bishop has saved me. I did pray, read my scriptures, etc....it was not enough. #1 step on recovery is saying were powerless. We can not do this on our own. That is the first step in 12 step of recovery. It about being honest and open to share our story to someone and admit we are powerless. I do know I can NOT do this on my own! I'm very stubborn and want to control my actions BUT NOW I know I CAN'T. My recovery has to be #1 now BEFORE anything else or I can't function with anything else. Hope you just try 1 meeting. Try to have courage to seek bishop. etc. Maybe just commit to meeting once a week. Even though I had to attend one every day for awhile for starters...I know my problem is I'm super sick with this addiction and again I couldn't just go function in the real world. Meetings and recovery , talking with my bishop has gotten me better where now I can act in the real world and stay sober."
posted at 10:26:57 on April 5, 2013 by marie sober


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"I have come to know that thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, our thoughts follow the course of least resistance, always seeking the lower levels. Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man ‘thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. You can gain courage, conquer fear, and have a happy life. "

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