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How To Break Addictions

I have an unspoken addiction that I can't seem to break. What can I do to break it?

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what do you mean by unspoken. If you hide it it is in the dark. where there is light there can be no darkness. I say shine light on it. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
also 1 tim. 3:6
---spiritlead on 11/2/07


I support the 12 - step groups in the church but if not in the church then take the Lord with you wherever you go - Just go.
Many in the 12 steps are seeking God maybe that is why your there. But never go just to prosyletize - go for help. Don't let anyone tell you who to address as God and you'll be fine. Or go to Addictions Victorious (christian 12-step)
---Andrea on 11/1/07


The 12 Steps, which can be interpreted in a Christian sense (they originated in a Christian support group called the Oxford Group anyway), should give you help.
---Jack on 11/1/07


I am 21 years sober with the help of God and Alcoholics Anonymous. Many of you have never attended a meeting or went just a few times, and have made a negative conclusion in your mind...and, spreading that negative message. Please, don't be negative about a fellowship that has literally saved the lives of millions of us alcoholics/addicts. AA is where I found God.
---Annie on 7/12/06


Helen: Obviously, you have a closed mind, and I can't open it.
---Madison1101 on 7/10/06




emg: Meetings do vary and groups vary a lot. I use the meetings to meet newcomers and listen to people who might be searching for a better God than the "HP" they talk about. Then, I speak to them after the meeting to get to know them better, and exchange phone numbers. Then, as time goes on, I pray for private opportunities to share what Jesus means to me. This is all throughout the course of developing friendships with the people I meet in the meetings.
---Madison1101 on 7/10/06


2. As politely as possible I told them that I already knew that and that I appreciated the fact that there might be muslims, hindus etc. there. I hope the same warning is giving to all, but I didn't hear it 2 weeks later when a new member arrived. Some spoke at great length and in very wierd terms about their 'higher power' which I had to listen to but I was meant to keep quiet about how mine helped me. As you say, not for everyone.
---emg on 7/10/06


Madison, I agree with you to a point but I think that meetings probably vary a lot, depending on just what kind of crowd individuals meet up with. In the one I attended it was pointed out to me immediately that they had noticed I was wearing a fish pendant. I was told quite bluntly that we were not there to discuss our own religions.
---emg on 7/10/06


Madison 1101 - I would like to ask you - Are you completely totally free of the addiction of alcohol, or are there times that you think you would like a drink?
---Helen_5378 on 7/10/06


Madison 1101 - God does not work through human programs, He works exclusively through the Cross of Christ. You are leading people astray by claiming that such a program leads people to Christ.... it does not, only the Cross of Christ draws people to Christ. To say otherwise is heresy. The path is narrow.
---Helen_5378 on 7/10/06




I believe that there are programs out there that help for whatever you need help in. But one thing to remember is that God helps those that help themselves. Meaning that God can't help the unwilling. I'm not saying you are unwilling. but praying and fasting and taking it one day at a time helps alot.
---Rebecca_D on 7/9/06


Helen: Did you look at Celebrate Recovery's website? That is the organization that uses the 12 steps of AA and names Christ as the Higher Power and points people to Jesus.

I never said that AA points people to Christ. I said Celebrate Recovery does.

I use AA as an opportunity to meet people who need Jesus and love them to the Lord.

I also have a Recovery Devotional Bible which shows where each of the 12 steps is supported by Biblical principles.
---Madison1101 on 7/9/06


emg: 12 step meetings are not for everyone. But, that does not mean that they are not of use to some people.

When I realized I needed help to stop drinking, there were no programs like Celebrate Recovery, which is a Christian group. I learned that I need to find balance in all things, and attend AA as needed.

The 12 step rooms are also a missions field, in that I can help someone who has no concept of God learn about Christ in my personal relationship with them.
---Madison1101 on 7/9/06


Shira, Thanks for your answer but I don't smoke. I was only comparing smoking and exhaust emissions saying that autos spew more pollution into the air daily compared to smoking. Everytime we drive we all contribute to each others possible health problems. If everyone quit smoking, which won't happen, then would everyone park their cars? No way. They depend on them to much.
---Thomas_D. on 7/9/06


Helen's middle blog of the three of her blogs is absolutely positively correct. If you're having trouble with addictions reread that middle blog.
---mima on 7/9/06


3/... As Christians we must always point people to the Cross of Christ for their answers. The sad thing is that Christians have drifted so far into apostasy that most probably don't even hardly remember the Cross at all.
---Helen_5378 on 7/9/06


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2/... The so-called "jesus" of AA is not the Jesus of the Bible, it is "another Jesus another gospel" -- "let him be accursed". It angers me that someone who calls themselves a Christian says this about Jesus.
---Helen_5378 on 7/9/06


Madison 1101 - I do know what they are all about. I used to be a dying alcoholic and used to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. They do not point people to Jesus, only the Cross of Christ being preached can do that. They have a "god" in AA and that "god" can be anything you want him to be -- one guy made a tram his god!!! (continued...).
---Helen_5378 on 7/9/06


Thomas, I know what you are going thru. I smoked for years and I couldn't seem to quit until I got serious and really wanted to. I used nicorette gum and it took a long time. First of all pray, don't associate with the trigger of your addiction as much as is possible with you. It is sort of like Moses, I believe he took the first step-then after that God parted the waters. Moses was also backed in a corner where he had to trust God or die. I will pray for you.
---shira on 7/9/06


2.I was warned before I went that one can become as addicted to these meetings as others are to substances. After attending 5 times, meeting those who have gone for 25 years, at least once a week, some even 5 times a week, I decided to leave. They cannot function without these meetings. Their lives and their conversations are dominated by 'sharing' their stories, almost word for word, meeting after meeting. It seems like a different type of bondage to me.
---emg on 7/9/06


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1.The 12 steps might have originated in a Christian group but there is nothing Christian about it now. The term 'higher power' will mean God the maker of the universe and Saviour of mankind' to some but for many it means a person to whom the individual person goes for support, or even an imaginary figure they talk to. I have been amazed at how the term 'higher power' can be interpreted by people in Al-Anon (and it's the same in Alcoholics Anonymous I am told).
---emg on 7/9/06


Helen: The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous were originally started by the Oxford Group, a Christian group for recovery from alcholism.

If you were to actually study the 12 steps, and go to Celebrate Recovery's website, you might learn that they point people to Jesus.

Learn about something before you criticize.
---Madison1101 on 7/8/06


How sad that we have sunk that low that we stoop to "12 step" programs and the like. The church has to come back to the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 7/8/06


Either Jesus Christ breaks and takes away the addiction completely, or it is still there and being fought in the flesh. Jesus paid for all addiction on the Cross -- believe that and you will go free.
---Helen_5378 on 7/8/06


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Jesus took all of our addictions on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 7/8/06


I have had unspoken addictions too. Confess your addiction to God. He knows it anyway. He loves you anyway too. God is a gentleman and will not intrude...invite Him in to help in this area... every time you do it or think about it. Look at it as I'm not doing it as much as yesterday and take it one moment at a time. If it is harmful to other people...seek some serious help quickly.
---Amy9384 on 7/8/06


Some people use 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Some also use psychotherapy. There are Christian 12 step groups, like Celebrate Recovery.
---Madison1101 on 7/8/06


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