You may not be addicted to anything but everyone has a weakness. The ideas and concepts for overcoming an addiction apply to conquering a weakness.
Step 1: Admit that you are powerless to overcome your addiction (or weakness) and that your life has become unmanageable.
Step 2: Hope; Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.
Pornography was the addiction discussed in this meeting. The prophets have stern warnings against pornography and teach that it is a plague and a weapon of moral mass destruction.
Pornography is a greater addiction and causes more harm than any other addiction.
Pornography is mood altering, brain altering and a life crippling disease. It is life damaging.
Men are still the main users of pornography, but women are not immune to it. Pornography takes on a different form for females. Women are inundated by society that being sexy is what society expects of them. The men closest to them sometimes compound this problem. A woman generally partakes of pornography in the form of an obsession about her physical appearance. It is a girl or woman who is consumed about having the latest and greatest beauty products. She only things about looking good.
Addictions harm those closest to their loved ones. Often family members are severely harmed by the actions of the addicted. This is especially true for a wife who has a husband addicted to pornography. A wife's heart and trust is shattered when her husband does pornography.
A few of the consequences of pornography are;
Increases the risk of being sexually abusive.
Decreases sensitivity toward women.
Decreases desire to marry.
Decreases trust in boyfriend/girlfriend.
A big lie about addictions is that it only hurts yourself.
The speakers pointed out that in helping people with addictions, it is critical not to judge them. People who have addictions are good men and women who made mistakes. We need to look at their hearts. We need the gift of discernment.
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