Power to heal addiction

I HAD BEEN RAISED in a liberal family where smoking and drinking were quite acceptable. But eventually, I found that the fun of smoking and drinking became an addiction, and the addiction was taking over my life.

I tried to stop, but without any success. I would say, "This is the last cigarette I'm going to smoke," only to find myself 15 minutes later rushing down to the drugstore to buy another package just to get me through the night. If I was in a business meeting or at lunch, and someone lit up a cigarette or laid a package of cigarettes on a table, all my thought processes stopped. I couldn't think of anything else. I just looked at the package of cigarettes, or watched others smoking, and I felt helpless.

In her true light . . .
February 18, 2002

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