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12 Step Recovery for MD

This is a group for people interested in applying the 12 steps to their compulsive fantasizing.  I am hoping there are a few of you out there . . . 

Members: 21
Latest Activity: Jul 28

Here are the steps as I would adapt them for MD: 

1. We admitted we were powerless over compulsive fantasizing and our lives had become unmanageable. 

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to  God, as we understood God .  

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Became entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcommings

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and  became willing to make ammends to them. 

9. Made direct ammeds to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.  

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. 

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only of knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.  

12. Having had a spiritual awakening, as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other compulsive fantasizees and to practice these principles in all our affairs.  

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Comment by BuddhistAddict on February 6, 2016 at 11:57am

I'm in ACA and SLAA for recovery from MDD. Would love to connect with you guys on 12-step recovery for MDD. I am 1-month sober. Would love to do an online meeting.

Comment by Susan P on October 28, 2015 at 10:58am

So does this group have an actual online meeting?  And if not, can we try to make that happen?  (I've only been at physical 12-Step meetings, so I'm not sure how online ones work, but there are a lot of them.)  Thanks!

Comment by Susan P on October 27, 2015 at 11:14am

Thanks for starting this group.  I'm a member of Alanon Adult Children and had been hoping to find a 12 Step group especially for MD; I guess this is the best thing currently available, although I'd prefer a physical meeting!  But we have to take what we can get.  I know I'm powerless over my MD, and I'm hoping that working the steps will help.

Comment by AK on December 31, 2013 at 9:09am

Yes! If only.... I am also a member of a 12 step group. Been in recovery for about 9 months. Starting realizing over the last few months that my compulsive daydreaming, which I've been engaged in since I was 5 or so, is also an addiction. I agree that an online  group is not an ideal forum for recovery, but I hope and pray for this to actually become a reality.

Comment by Dreamer on July 30, 2013 at 1:49am

I am a member of a 12 meeting for sex addiction and the greatest help I receive  from the group is the alleviation of shame, guilt and embarrassment attached to this affliction. A 12 step meeting for MDD would be good but I doubt there are enough sufferers (or enough people aware that they are sufferers) in any locality to justify one.

Comment by beinpresence on May 6, 2013 at 8:01pm

I am a member of Overeaters Annonymous.  I just went back to a meeting after about 5 years of denial.  I have been both a compulsive overeater and a  compulsive daydreamer all of my life. I believe the two are linked. I recently looked back on my life to see that addiction runs in the family, but it wasnt spoke about.   how wonderful it would be if we had a 12 step meeting that actually met in person for Compulsive daydreaming. We could call it CDA.  Last night it was very empowering to meet other OA members after years of isolation and silence. how I would love to meet other compulsive daydreamers for hraling through our shared suffering.

This is actually quite damaging to my life. The Compulsive daydreaming interferes with my ability to make a living.

Comment by Nomad on May 27, 2012 at 12:40pm

I attended a workshop about facebook yesterday, and the speakers discouraged its use for recovery-related stuff. I guess all the overlapping notifications tend to inadvertently compromise people's privacy. I don't know much about it because I'm not on facebook.

Your plan to stick with f2f step-work and report appropriate highlights sounds good to me, at least for now. Perhaps our approach will evolve over time.  

Comment by Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 12:54am

Your plan sounds good to me.

I do have one concern: I've worked the steps before but never on the Internet. Although I've spilled my guts on Wild Minds a couple of times, it's a public forum, which I don't consider ideal for step-work. If we were talking about any other issue, I wouldn't even consider working the steps with people I haven't met and can't see. Nevertheless, I know this is the only way to work with other compulsive fantasizers, so I'm keeping an open mind. My f2f 12-step friends are supportive, but they don't understand this particular compulsion.

Have either of you worked the steps with an online community before? If so, how did that work? 

Comment by Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 1:28pm

Thanks for starting this group!

 

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