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By jhamilton75
9/20/2009 1:12:20 PM
Greetings. I'm a recovering addict (porn). I'm new to the site but not new to the LDS Addiction Recovery program.
I'm not going to bore you with too much of my story. Not a bad one. I've been married for 11 years to a wonderfully patient lady. She has been a good part of my recovery. And our three great kids give me a pretty good reason to try to stay straight. ;)
I've had varying degrees of success in avoiding/resisting temptations. Lately it's been a rough patch. I'm deployed now (Iraq) and have frequently been using that as an excuse to have slips. Not that its a good excuse. But I'm trying not to.
Daily prayers, scripture study, and reading posts here from others helps. It also helps to have a good exercise routine. I do running, lifting, yoga, martial arts whatever helps. I'm not going to go into how frustrating/stressful my job is. Just suffice it to say I really look forward to the daily gym sessions. ;)
Just know that for other recovering addicts out there, my prayers are with you. I know it's tough. Heavenly Father loves each of us. While He wants us to do the right thing and make right decisions, He also has patience with us. None of us are perfect (especially me). But I know that the best way to make me better is through Him and through His gospel. I look forward to reading everyone's messages. Knowing that others are going through the same thing is a source of comfort and inspiration for me.

Prayers and Best Wishes,
Josh

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Hello newbie!    
"Thanks for posting, Josh. It does help so many of us to know that we aren't the only ones struggling with issues. It seems each month or so the ARP program points out another area that I need to work through the program. But it does help to know that I have my Heavenly Father and the Savior to turn to, to lean on.

Thank you for your service to our country, as well as your supportive thoughts!"
posted at 11:26:37 on September 22, 2009 by sistershan
Welcome    
"Hi Josh. Thanks for your comments and for your hope in your post. I can't imagine how challenging it must be to be deployed over there and have to deal with this on top of everything else. I know that stress can lead to many problems and of course future problems for many soldiers. Good luck to you and thank you very much for your service!"
posted at 18:50:43 on September 23, 2009 by derek


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