Skip to comments.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.
Lookie here when you can!
If I am wrong...prove me wrong!
But if I am right...bless us with your prayers.
Only one drunken female freeper? I find that hard to believe.
God bless y’all. Will be praying for you.
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.
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.
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.
heheh...I didn’t want to insult an entire gender. So I thought I might include my 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.
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.
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My prayers go out to all of you.
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.
The truth sets us free. Do you believe the lies that the democrats publish?
AA alcoholics believe that you quit before begin. Each day.
The cure is to get a God habit.
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Excellent idea. Thank you for suggesting it.
Maybe you can welcome smokers?
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.
I will pray for you tonight, brother. God bless you and strengthen you in this fight.
Will pray for you. I’ve some friends who are trying to quit drugs, recreational type.
26 years sober
22 years without a smoke
A life second to none!
Like AA, what if you have family that has an addiction problem? Can we participate?
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Thank you my brother...I feel your strength and prayer!
Prayers up for all.
Perhaps we can meet here on FR.
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.
Your strength is always (well most of time) in your comments.;-)
I found new more productive habits like gardening and photography.
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.
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!
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).
You’ve got it, Sandy. :)
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.
What if you only imbibe when you post at Free Republic?
Maybe that is Freepaholism.
I found new more productive habits like gardening and photography.
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.
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.
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...
I did start FReeping right around the time I quit drinking.
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.
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.
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.