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Odd Addictive Behavior
By ETTE
12/14/2009 7:05:16 PM
I'm in the middle of day 36, which is amazing and great and everything, but I'm starting to notice some weird changes. Instead of feeling tempted to act out on my sexual addictions, I've been feeling a strong pull towards my addictions to gambling and alcohol. I haven't acted out on either of those addictions in several years. In fact, I can barely remember the last time I felt tempted to gamble or drink. I'm really puzzled about why my temptations would take a sudden shift in direction. I feel a little down, because it seems like sobriety is only the beginning of recovery. Even though I'm making progress with staying clean, my addictive behavior is still as vibrant as ever.

I shouldn't complain though, poker and alcohol don't even hold a candle to porn and masturbation as far as appeal goes. It's also very unrealistic that I would give into these addictions again, since I don't know anyone who would want to gamble and drink with me, but I'm definitely going to keep my guard up anyway.

Maybe my addicted brain is sick of running into dead ends with acting out sexually, so now it's turning to my other addictions. Can anyone relate to this? Is it common for addicts to switch addictions? Am I doing something wrong?

Comments:

Maybe that's a good thing...?    
"Maybe Satan is frustrated with you. You're not acting out like he wants you to in your sexual addictions, so he's tempting you with other things instead. So in a way it's a complement.

Stay strong!"
posted at 20:30:56 on December 14, 2009 by toes_23
Satan's Dirty Tricks    
"I have found that when Satan starts to see that his normal tricks aren't working, he tries new ones or revives old ones. Also, I think that all addictive behavior has the same roots and that there are thought processes that lead to "acting out" in all of its many forms. Earlier in my recovery I started having some overeating/food addiction problems. I felt a compulsion to make myself feel better and so I turned to an unhealthy relationship with food. I had never realized it before I went through the 12 step program, but I think I had been a food addict on and off for a long time. I have discovered that gaining control requires a change from inside that no amount of abstinence alone will cure. Addictions go far beyond the substance or behavior we are indulging in. I think this is why the 12 steps are so powerful, because they don't focus on just "quitting", they focus on HEALING.

Keep up the good work. Satan will try any trick he can to try to get you, but I can testify that his power weakens as the Lord's power becomes stronger in your life."
posted at 02:41:46 on December 15, 2009 by ican
Excellent!    
"Hurrah, Ette! 36 days free of one addition, and much longer for another. That's so exciting. Hurrah for Israel (and Ette)!

Still praying for you..."
posted at 09:43:56 on December 15, 2009 by BeClean


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