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Unread 08-09-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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the in between times

So 14 years ago, God delivered me from addiction to alcohol, and five years ago cigarettes. Addicts struggle with the in between times. Fine when asleep, fine when reading the Bible, fine when praying, fine when praising God, fine when eating, fine when working (mostly). Anyway, I was just wondering what anyone suggests to do during those 'in between' times to avoid addictive behaviors that are not productive (i.e. Facebook, sinning, losing temper) other than the obvious like read the bible more or play the guitar more--I already play two to three hours a day.

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Sounds like the trick would be to turn the in-between times into something. Perhaps some kind of meditation, even if it is just going for a 20 minute walk, or repeating the Jesus prayer a handful of times.
Another hobby to focus on could be good as well, as bravesfan suggested!
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God, can deliver you from this fear of other addiction too. What I mean is your no longer an addict if you have been delivered by God. That "I am a recovering -----whatever--- is A.A. talk. God, give you freedom .

Facebook, is only addictive if you let it be. FB , can even be a useful tool for God if you use it right.

These are choices you must make for yourself. If someone has told you FB is somehow evil they are wrong.
Can is absorb too much time, yes.

There are Christian movies on Youtube to watch. There are audio resources free such as Truth for Life with Alistair Begg.

I would also say is to maximize your real face to face fellowship. Get yourself equipped and go spread the Gospel.
Get involved in your local church. Soon you won't even have any time leftover.

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So 14 years ago, God delivered me from addiction to alcohol, and five years ago cigarettes. Addicts struggle with the in between times. Fine when asleep, fine when reading the Bible, fine when praying, fine when praising God, fine when eating, fine when working (mostly). Anyway, I was just wondering what anyone suggests to do during those 'in between' times to avoid addictive behaviors that are not productive (i.e. Facebook, sinning, losing temper) other than the obvious like read the bible more or play the guitar more--I already play two to three hours a day.
I would suggest something physical like woodworking as well. A friend of mine who was an addict for years before turning his life around told me he always needed to keep his hands busy. He worked on vehicles as a hobby to keep clean and sober after he was tired of guitar.

I'd say try to find a constructive second hobby, preferably one where you can create something tangible. Where you can make something of worth or beauty.
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What about serving in some capacity-homeless shelter, at-risk youth, physical labor?
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Well that might start him drinking and smoking again! LOL!

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I'd love to try building my own guitar but my skill set is limited with wood working. I do enjoy working on cars, motorcycles and ATVs though. As for volunteering, my band plays at a regular venue once a week (church recovery group) and I lead worship twice a month at another church and I just picked up a gig playing for a basement ministry meal once a month. Also, I am a worship leading substitute at the church my wife was baptized.
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