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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:12 am 
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Lesson 1 Exercises:
A. Three keys to establishing a successful foundation for permanent change in early recovery are:
1) actively committing yourself to change
I’m ready for change. This old destructive behavior is not good for me. Drinking is killing me. Sex addiction and masturbation addiction is wasting my time and resources. I know I’m ready to change, but I’m still stuck. Thinking I’ll put recovery off until tomorrow…
2) not allowing guilt/shame to sabotage your commitment to change
Not sure I totally understand this question. Do I feel guilt/shame about seeking help and changing to a healthier lifestyle? No. Do I feel guilt/shame about my current behavior i.e. is it deemed socially unacceptable? Yes.
3) allowing yourself time to change.
Have allowed a little over three months to get through the workshops. This will also be my goal for reducing medication. Realized that there might be slip ups on my road to recovery, but will commit to doing my best.

B. Beyond an active commitment to change, another important factor in determining your ultimate success is your motivation. Look deep inside and list ten to fifteen reasons why you seek to permanently change your life. Don't stop at three or four obvious ones, really examine your life and what is important to you. Phrase these in the positive. For example: " I don't want to keep deceiving my wife" would serve you better if written like "I want to be honest and transparent with my wife". Positive statements have much more power in our mindset than negative ones. List these in your recovery thread.
1. I want to participate in healthy behaviours
2. I want to start a relationship based on love and respect
3. I want to be sober
4. I want to live a life free of sex addiction
5. I want to live a life free from masturbation addiction
6. I want to save and spend money on something constructive
7. I want to remain healthy physically (read free from sexual disease)
8. I want to have an honest, loving and transparent relationship
9. I want to have control over my life
10. I want to be a good role model to others, including my future family
11. I want to be a good son
12. I want to be a good friend
13. I want to lead a normal life
14. I want to use my time constructively
15. I want to be respectful to women
16. I want to be proud of myself for overcoming my addictions

C. It was good looking at the picture. I will keep in near my computer so I can look at every lesson. Try to focus on what it was like before addiction and what choices I made in certain situations that got me here today.

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