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The Truth of the Matter
By anewrainbow
5/6/2013 11:25:35 PM
Step 1 - Key Principle — Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.
I struggle with the idea the I am powerless. Maybe the point is in the full quote: "That I, of myself, am powerless to overcome my addiction...". That by myself I am powerless, because it is in the Lord that I am able to do all things.

I just joined this sight a few short hours ago. I have struggled with masturbation for 2 years. Until a week ago I wouldn't have even admitted to myself that my life has become unmanageable. It was through a friend that I could at last see that I had an addiction. I kept telling myself that I was bigger than this, that I could beat this.

But now, as I am writing this blog, I can truly see that I am powerless. My earlier statement is only partially true. The full truth of it should read, "Through the Lord I am bigger than masturbation".

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"Are you battling a demon of addiction—tobacco or drugs, or the pernicious contemporary plague of ography? Whatever other steps you may need to take to resolve these concerns, come first to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Trust in heaven’s promises. In that regard Alma's testimony is my testimony: "I do know," he says, "that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions."

— Jeffrey R. Holland

General Conference, April 2006