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what I have come to understand
By john5
12/1/2012 4:03:50 PM
We all feel empty sometimes, and acting out is a way to feel better. we know this, and our brains know nothing better than to urge us to use the addiction as a tool. even though we are aware that the addiction is what's making us feel empty in the first place most of the time, the immediate urge to feel better often trumps the will to BE better. If we choose to BE better, we must allow the emotional pains and feelings of emptiness to run its course...like a flu. Making us stronger and more resistant, all the while we do this we become less dependent on the addiction, to the point where we no longer feel the urge to use it to bail us out of emotional pain anymore. Then, as long as we find other ways to deal with pain every day, and never look back at the addiction as an option, (because it will never stop lurking behind us, asking us to use it) we will be forever free

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Good point    
"Sooooo many times I've acted out just so I didn't have to experience the pain of the years of self-inflicted injury."
posted at 13:07:57 on December 2, 2012 by G1rlie


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"Lucifer will do all in his power to keep you captive. You are familiar with his strategy. He whispers: “No one will ever know.” “Just one more time.” “You can’t change; you have tried before and failed.” “It’s too late; you’ve gone too far.” Don’t let him discourage you. When you take the path that climbs, that harder path of the Savior, there are rewards along the way. When you do something right, when you resist temptation, when you meet a goal, you will feel very good about it. It is a very different kind of feeling than you have when you violate commandments—an altogether different feeling. It brings a measure of peace and comfort and provides encouragement to press on. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990