Hope and motivation
By mike81
3/3/2012 1:44:23 AM
Hello everyone,

I wanted to share some of my recent experience regarding my recovery and what I feel.

I started my recovery journey almost 1 year ago, with good and more challenging days, I had slips as well and I'm happy to say I was able to learn from it, great learning experiences.

One of the key learning is the way I was setting my goals especially when I started, setting unrealistic and impossible to reach on my own, for example a goal of sobriety, I was always failing. 1 step a a time is the most important principals I ever learned.

Another one was about nurturing hope and motivation because it is always difficult for the long term especially when i was keeping falling and I find a lot of hope with other, my 12 steps group, connecting with others, talking with my bishop and more importantly, learning the gospel with an open hear.

I was bit concerned because I feel I Did not repent completely yet, and I choose not to take the sacrament yet and it has been one year now, but I can say that my worthiness is increasing day by day, the duration is not important for me.

As Elder Holland quotes Nephi " [I will] give place no more for the enemy of my soul."

I wanted just to share that with you because it is important, I was speaking from my self only and not trying to convince anybody else but it give me hope.

May the Lord bless you

Your friend from Europe


Keep up the good work!    
"I've heard that we're always moving either forward or backward in recovery. It sounds like you're moving forward. I'm glad that your worthiness is increasing each day.

Recovery takes time. It's not unusual for people who have had addictions for years to take a while before they gain a long stretch of sobriety. I usually tell myself that the important thing is that I never give up, even when I feel discouraged.

By the way, what type of twelve step group are you going to in Switzerland? I think you mentioned that there is no LDS group. Are you going to a general addiction group, or to alcoholics anonymous, or somewhere else?"
posted at 00:26:45 on March 4, 2012 by ETTE
12 steps    

That's true, not giving up is a signs of recovery.
I'm going to an SLAA group,sex and love addict, it's a great group and the only one around regarding sexual addiction."
posted at 01:44:49 on March 4, 2012 by mike81

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006