Hello dear friends. I've been thinking about this all day and am having a fair amount of sadness and anxiety over the fact that I am in the same category as my dad (an alcoholic) and my ex (a drug addict). It's causing me a great deal of pain mainly because I've never considered myself to be addicted to anything but I am having to confront the reality that I haven't had any control over some of my destructive behaviors and it's taken a toll on my life. I'm a pretty strong willed person and I was wondering if there is a possibility that I can overcome this illness with just my resolve to beat it and my own sheer determination? I just can't bring myself to think that I need a 12 step program and there are no meetings where I live anyway. I just can't deal with another problem in my life. Stress and anxiety already take a big amount of my energy. Maybe it's not as simple as just staying away from the opposite sex but if I refuse to get involved with anyone else, I can't make another mistake. When I make up my mind to do something, I usually don't stop until it's done. Do you think that's enough? Thanks again for all the responses to my previous post. Peace to all. Jen
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