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Keep coming back it works......if you work it.
By Down not out
1/7/2013 11:07:05 PM
The general idea of the first addiction recovery program was people getting together who had the same addiction and receiving strength in numbers. I am an addict of all things unchaste unclean and immoral. I have been aware of my addiction for 9 years but the seeds were planted almost 20 years ago. I have two young daughters and a wife who knows about my addiction. I have every reason to strive to overcome my addiction but I don't.
I am insane. I do the same things expecting different results. The only recovery I enjoyed was when I was working the steps every day and made it a point to reach out to a fellow addict even when I wasn't struggling. Who knows maybe someone might benefit from the call. Sometimes as addicts we need to be talked down from that spiritual ledge we're about to jump from.
The reason I bring this up is I struggle so much with reaching out and not isolating. I have had success when calling a friend or sponsor, yet I come up with the best excuses not to call. The answer isn't a secret. You want to be sober from this disease? Working the steps includes admitting your powerlessness( first step) if we as addicts can't admit on a regular basis our own powerlessness then we haven't worked the first step.
Admitting to God is good but it is a whole lot harder to pick up the phone, and that's what makes the surrender more meaningful. You don't have to go into detail about the nature of your struggle. Just talking to someone who knows exactly how you feel makes a big difference. Pick up the phone when your struggling and even when your not. The person on the other end will be glad you called.

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3 cheers!    
"Agreed. Man, it's so much easier said than done. I like how you related calling our sponsor to step one. Yes! Now we're talking real practical step work. Which is exactly what I need. Good reminder. Thank you sir."
posted at 23:18:36 on January 7, 2013 by they_speak
Yeah    
"My sponsor says reaching out to another human being helps because light dispels the darkness. Odd, huh?"
posted at 05:04:13 on January 8, 2013 by g1rlie


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"Don’t live your life in despair, feeling sorry for yourself because of the mistakes you have made. Let the sunshine in by doing the right things—now. It may be difficult to begin, but pick up the scriptures and immerse yourself in them. Look for favorite passages. Lean on the Master’s teachings, on His servants’ testimonies. Refresh your parched soul with the word of God. The scriptures will give you comfort and the strength to overcome. "

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General Conference May 1990