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January 21, 2010

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Kimberly A

Excellent distinction between addiction and escape. My attempt to get my ex to quit drinking was my disease. I stuffed my face in order to escape. Weight Watchers helps me to be aware and change my eating behaviors. It doesn't do a think for the cause. Good point.

namaste

Wildcat

SponsorPants:

I've been thinking a lot lately (and wrote earlier today) about seeking solid, aggressive ways to attract the "sober-curious" to the abstinent "lifestyle" -- assuming, of course, that they either need or want it. I fantasized that the new year would bring out some newcomers and that finding pidgeons would be child's play. Not so.

Apparently, we're not doing enough to carry the message.

Dave

Well, I think you can pick a nit with the best of them/me.

Jill

It's amazing how my Higher Power works ...this morning when I read this I couldn't believe how much it was what I needed to hear.

Last night my husband made comments about me using a computer and smartphone too much. In my black-and-white thinking I was angry because I felt like he was saying it was an addiction!! I have other things I consider my addictions, compulsive over eating and obsessive thinking (I'm an Al-Anon'er. It saved my life.) I didn't need to think that one of my sources of enjoyment was to be something I would have to be abstinent from forever. So today I thank you for being here to make a clarification about addictions. It helped me alot!!

Syd

I think that I escape by going on the boat but don't see it as an addiction. I enjoy it, it is pleasurable, but I don't mentally obsess about it. And I think that it has helped my spirituality in many ways. Thanks for the message here.

Mary LA

In theraoy I learned the difference between addiction/alcoholism and coping or self-soothing strategies which is a useful distinction.

last chance

That provided some practical clarity. (I suppose all clarity is practical, but whatever--thanks!)

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