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If you live in the Birmingham area and need a counselor knowledgeable of addiction, I highly recommend Paul Brown.  He has an empathetic gift, and an ability to help you restate your thoughts more clearly.  That is really helpful in muddling through with a physical craving and mental obsession snapping at your heels.  His website is [www.pbrownacsw.com].  I will add it as a link to this site as well.  He helped me know that I wanted to be able to believe again, but that I just didn’t want to be deceived and robbed of valuable life investment once more.  He helped me to understand that I don’t just desire to know truth, but I desire clarity.  And he gave me the following prayer when I was struggling so with the whole Higher Power thing:

“MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

Thomas Merton – Thoughts in Solitude

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