Friday, August 7, 2015

One personal story of addiction, and another on the way...

I want to share a blogger with you who is very special to me.  My friend-in-real life, Alysha, blogs at Millennial Mormon Mom.  Read her, bookmark her, subscribe to her.

We have been attending the Spouse and Family Support Group (part of the Addiction Recovery Program) together and hearing about her journey in life is really inspiring to me.  She's decided to write about her experiences with the addictions of herself, her spouse, and a parent.

She begins her new series with this wonderful piece: "Why I Chose to Blog About Addiction Recovery."

Through the Family Support Group, I have met countless other wonderful people who have struggled in the depths of despair because of the addiction of a loved one.  Many women have been drawn to our group because of their husbands' Pornography Addiction.  Follow that link for information from a secular source, Fight the New Drug, about how pornography addiction is like any other drug addiction.

Pornography addiction and how it harms individuals, spouses, and families, is something I am fired up about!  I would love to share one of their stories here on my blog.  I'm working with one couple in particular and hope to post that heartbreaking, yet touching piece soon.

If your life has been touched by addiction, whether yours or a loved one's, whether pornography or something else, please consider attending a support group near you.  And if you would like to share your story here on my blog, contact me (shirleypretzel at gmail dot com).  I fully support the confidentiality and anonymity that are so important to making the Addiction Recovery Program a safe place to share.  Therefore, your name and personal information would be kept completely secret.

Addiction and Co-dependency thrive in darkness and isolation.  The more we talk about it, the more we realize that we are not alone!  And the more we talk about it, the more we can help ourselves and others rise out of the darkness toward peace, hope, and healing!

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