Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday talk: Addiction

There are so many things that people are addicted to:  eating, sleeping, reading computer.  Wait, that's me!!  :)

But in all honesty, addiction is a very hard battle.  Drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, video games, working, exercising (although I don't have a major problem with that!  ;), watching TV, shopping, etc.   It is a very real and unsettling thing.  It can disrupt and ruin lives; your life, their life, your childrens' lives. 

A few weeks ago, we had a lesson in church on addiction. I wasn't able to attend, but I would have liked to.  I think that many people associate the word "addiction" with someone that is bad.  So, for me to say that I have tendencies toward addiction (spending too much time on the computer, reading until I finish a book and even wanting to sleep more than my body needs) is a big deal.

Now, reader beware.  I am not confessing anything major here.  But I do wonder how many others "suffer" from this.  Are you a closet crafter?  Like to do TOO many remodels around the house?

I was reading a bit about the LDS Addiction Recovery Program.  There are 12 steps (very similar to the 12 steps of AA) that I thought were very encouraging to read:

Twelve Steps via

1 Honesty
2 Hope
3 Trust in God
4 Truth
5 Confession
6 Change of Heart
7 Humility
8 Seeking Forgiveness
9 Restitution & Reconciliation
10 Daily Accountability
11 Personal Revelation
12 Service

As I took a step back, I realized that this list wasn't just FOR addiction, but for being a good, well-rounded person.  Who doesn't want to be honest, humble?  Or of service?  I think that even if you don't have a problem or even a serious one, this program would be at least a great way to build character.

Maybe along with my New Year's Resolutions, I can start with one step a month.  To become a better person and to look more towards my long-term goals...


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