I'm compelled to say more on prayer. We all have addictions of some sort. To stay clean and sober, we need a prayer habit and a daily time of meditative thought asking God's help. I also talked of the way to pray without distractions, and also seeing distractions as God's reminding us of priorities we may have overlooked. Praying over everything also helps us stay in fellowship with God, and develope a habit of praying without stopping. There is an element of prayer that is essential for spiritual growth and that is...for your enemies. That's right, those you can't stand. Jesus said for us to love our enemies. Proverbs 25 says to feed and give water to our enemies, and Paul the apostle reiterated that in Romans 12, that passage ends with, "and the Lord will repay you." And what better way to do good for your enemies than to pray for God to give them a good life, give them their desires, and draw them into His kingdom. Kind of goes against your grain, huh. It feels better to wish them "bad luck," or even their death. And we all like to let everyone around us know how we despise them and plan to get them back one of these days. If our intent is to stay sober, we can't afford that type of thinking and threatening, that triggers the compulsions that nearly destroyed us before. Now try it God's way.
Praying for our enemies may not change them at all, but it will change you. You will begin to see them in a different light. And in time even become their friend. And to top it all...God rewards you. You may think that you will never think that way, but try it anyway. God will do extraordinary things in you life if you do. But you don't have to. You can go on living with resentments and anger issues. It's your choice. But as you pray to stay free of your addiction(s), you'll find it much easier if you surrender to this way of forgiveness in prayer, God will then answer you when you're heart is clear of any bitterness toward anyone for any reason. Thanks, God bless and keep you all. Keith.