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I asked Jim if we could start an AA thread to help those of us who are suffering.

Posted on 02/01/2014 5:49:38 PM PST by RoosterRedux

I have a problem with substance abuse and ask my brother Freepers if together we might form a union like AA.

Most of us are Christians and Jews...not of that crowd which honors an amorphous higher authority.

But even those who are honoring said higher authority should be welcome I guess.

I have been abstaining but would love support of my brothers and sister in this war.


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1 posted on 02/01/2014 5:49:38 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: Jim Robinson

Lookie here when you can!


2 posted on 02/01/2014 5:50:47 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: All
I believe FR has a power. God's power...to heal.

If I am wrong...prove me wrong!

But if I am right...bless us with your prayers.

3 posted on 02/01/2014 5:53:25 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux
my brothers and sister

Only one drunken female freeper? I find that hard to believe.

4 posted on 02/01/2014 5:53:50 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: RoosterRedux

God bless y’all. Will be praying for you.


5 posted on 02/01/2014 5:54:55 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: RoosterRedux

good luck,,,,hope ya make it ,alcohol is hard to overcome,it taste so good. Knowing when to quit is the secret. Took me a few years to figure it out.


6 posted on 02/01/2014 5:55:33 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: RoosterRedux

Whatever your addiction is, it can be beat. The transformation is a life changer.

I’m probably a bit more tan 10 years without alcohol. I don’t see much point in keeping track.


7 posted on 02/01/2014 5:55:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Do you mean alcoholic and drug addict conservatives discussing their secrets and failings in public here, on the record?

That doesn’t seem very smart to me to create a record like that for people who at some point want to take a public stance, or run for office, or become the leader of some local political story, or whatever.


8 posted on 02/01/2014 5:55:59 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: palmer

heheh...I didn’t want to insult an entire gender. So I thought I might include my sister.


9 posted on 02/01/2014 5:56:15 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: palmer
my brothers and sister

I'm in. Am I the token female?

I, too, think its time to lay off alcohol. And Starbucks during the week. I'm by no means an alcoholic, but I could cut definitely cut back. All support is welcome.

10 posted on 02/01/2014 5:56:39 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (The Cardinals chose wisely.)
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To: RoosterRedux

The closest thing would be in the Religion forum.

I am a little wary about incautious use of the word religion, because that covers a potpourri of faith systems. In fact everybody carries on religion — the only difference is what is it about.

But that pitfall carefully sidestepped, why not put it in Religion. Christian AA is really vintage AA. It was based on a Methodist plan of salvation. As a “Calminian” I think it’s a bit weak on the ironclad promise of eternal salvation. God may have to put your life through the wringer if you stray, but you WILL be back at the final trump. However, it does put attention on your call to work your salvation out on earth (with fear and trembling as the bible says). Recovered addicts are some of the most astounding displays of God’s grace there can be, as long as they get their theology straight enough.


11 posted on 02/01/2014 5:56:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RoosterRedux; All

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12 posted on 02/01/2014 5:57:08 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: RoosterRedux

My prayers go out to all of you.


13 posted on 02/01/2014 5:57:26 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: ansel12

Don’t go here if you don’t want to be here. That said, it might be wiser to use a more private forum. Maybe this could be more a place for the testimonies of those more advanced in their recovery walk.


14 posted on 02/01/2014 5:57:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: ansel12

The truth sets us free. Do you believe the lies that the democrats publish?


15 posted on 02/01/2014 5:58:13 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: piroque

AA alcoholics believe that you quit before begin. Each day.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 5:58:47 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: SandyInSeattle

The cure is to get a God habit.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 5:59:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Dude april 6 62001


18 posted on 02/01/2014 5:59:45 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: RoosterRedux

Excellent idea. Thank you for suggesting it.

Maybe you can welcome smokers?


19 posted on 02/01/2014 5:59:56 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: RoosterRedux

God bless you my FRiend.

There is a member of my family that is cursed with this affliction... I know very well how bad it can be.


20 posted on 02/01/2014 6:00:59 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: RoosterRedux

I will pray for you tonight, brother. God bless you and strengthen you in this fight.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 6:01:02 PM PST by montag813
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To: RoosterRedux

Will pray for you. I’ve some friends who are trying to quit drugs, recreational type.


22 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:00 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: ladyjane

26 years sober

22 years without a smoke

A life second to none!


23 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:18 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: RoosterRedux

Like AA, what if you have family that has an addiction problem? Can we participate?


24 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:20 PM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: ansel12
If we live in the light...our lives are public. We all sin...we all err.

Our forgiveness comes because we confess. And if we don't confess in public...how can our brothers and sister see our confession and confess their own sins.

25 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:23 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

There is a medication which is proving very promising in reducing the craving for alcohol. Maybe ask a doctor about it. It’s called Gabapentin. Recent studies and someone I know suggest it works for some.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:26 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Bobalu; RoosterRedux

Well, I guess I could have been in Sexaholics.

There are a lot of ‘holics. But if we are Holyholics, then that will conquer the other ‘holisms.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: piroque

“Knowing when to quit is the secret. Took me a few years to figure it out.”

I quit all together. Once I start it’s Katie bar the door. Sometime 10 to 15 years ago I said enough.


28 posted on 02/01/2014 6:03:12 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: montag813

Thank you my brother...I feel your strength and prayer!


29 posted on 02/01/2014 6:03:57 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Prayers up for all.


30 posted on 02/01/2014 6:04:05 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: RoosterRedux

We will!


31 posted on 02/01/2014 6:04:09 PM PST by ShasheMac (Be still and know that I am God. Psa;m 46:10)
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To: jch10

Perhaps we can meet here on FR.


32 posted on 02/01/2014 6:05:05 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Such modern medical mercies can open up a window for addressing the issues on a deeper level.

But I’ll tell you folks till I am blue in the face. Be a God-a-holic and that will give you the perspective needed to conquer the other problems, which are really lesser gods competing for your allegiance. At the same time the real God is longsuffering.


33 posted on 02/01/2014 6:05:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: cripplecreek

Your strength is always (well most of time) in your comments.;-)


34 posted on 02/01/2014 6:07:12 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Huskrrrr

I found new more productive habits like gardening and photography.


35 posted on 02/01/2014 6:08:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Prayers and support for those of you with an addictive bent.
Some of us take for granted that we can have a beer or wine now and then to enjoy and that’s that. Encourage you to start a thread on the topic—why not. Its healthy to communicate instead of suffering in hidden silence.
We all have flaws in some area of our lives.


36 posted on 02/01/2014 6:08:32 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’m a tech-a-holic I guess.

Just can’t stop myself, too much info,will never be able to digest it all...arrrggghhhh!


37 posted on 02/01/2014 6:09:05 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: RoosterRedux

Accept all the grace you can get, and I pray more grace from God to you.

God is wonderful. It’s we who have been raising the barriers that state, falsely, that God isn’t wonderful, with those lies being energized by the father of lies.

If you embark on this I will try to encourage you as best I can in God’s power. I’ve seen victory after the most intense battles. Some of them might seem to be carried on in nonintuitive ways. A highly recovered alcoholic will still be happy when other people, not alcoholics, use alcoholic beverages so as to glorify God (yes, that’s possible). Less strong ones should limit their exposure to such scenes, or avoid them (and the approach will be guided by the Holy Spirit).


38 posted on 02/01/2014 6:09:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

You’ve got it, Sandy. :)


39 posted on 02/01/2014 6:09:24 PM PST by ShasheMac (Be still and know that I am God. Psa;m 46:10)
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To: RoosterRedux; Lazamataz

God bless you and all who struggle with addiction.

With the help of the Lord,yes, the cycle can be broken.

There is such a thing as victory.

Anyone who has personal experience that they are willing to share, will certainly help someone else on here.

Laz, you have had quite a journey—your insights would be invaluable here, if you would like to share.


40 posted on 02/01/2014 6:09:47 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: RoosterRedux

What if you only imbibe when you post at Free Republic?


41 posted on 02/01/2014 6:10:17 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Maybe that is Freepaholism.


42 posted on 02/01/2014 6:12:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: cripplecreek

I found new more productive habits like gardening and photography.

....and FReeping!


43 posted on 02/01/2014 6:12:48 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: RoosterRedux

This might not be an appropriate place for that. Too much visibility and too much politics. AA and politics might not be a good mix since in theory it is apolitical.


44 posted on 02/01/2014 6:12:49 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SandyInSeattle

make that 2 sisters- I just had a year sober on Jan 23rd, after having multiple years before my slip. I still struggle with the desire.


45 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:07 PM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: RoosterRedux

I think you can take it to the bank, that everyone here is on your side when it comes to issues like this.

Take comfort in that. You should. Take care...

A fellow FReeper friend always...

D1


46 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Huskrrrr

I did start FReeping right around the time I quit drinking.


47 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Nobody says it HAS to be about politics every single place here, not even Jim Rob. There are other faith-related threads that seldom or never touch on actual politics.


48 posted on 02/01/2014 6:15:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I would like to be a silent observer. I don’t have any substance abuse issues (other than food, I guess), but I spent most of my life addicted to pornography. Very much so. I am now trying to help a bunch of guys with the same issues. I’ve read about the Samson Society, that is modeled after the 12 step programs but from a purely Christian perspective, and helps men kick porn.

I’ve compared notes with a few friends who are recovered alcoholics, and are concluding the struggles are much the same. I want to learn what helps and what doesn’t.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 6:15:20 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: RoosterRedux

I quit almost 3 years ago. When I look back, I think it was the hand of God that helped me. Immediately after I attended a retreat, I lost all interest in alcohol. Just like that!

Actually, I did not like myself when I drank. I now prefer to remember everything I said and did! Alcohol caused me too many problems.


50 posted on 02/01/2014 6:15:51 PM PST by mommyq
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