You can overcome

The professor of my substance abuse class had a missionary couple talk to us today about the LDS Addiction Recovery Program.  It is very much like Alcoholics Anonymous but with an obvious Mormon faith spin on it.  The meetings are begun by reading aloud the twelve steps that are adapted from the AA program.  Other readings from the handbook are recited, and then a facilitator (one who is sober/clean for at least 6 months) kicks off the sharing portion of the meeting.  Sharing goes from person to person around the room, but you can say “pass” if you don’t want to participate.

Unlike AA, the Recovery Program offers a wide variety of meetings for various addictions, including illicit drugs, pornography, alcohol, prescription drugs, eating disorders, and more.  The meetings often take place in seminary and institute buildings, but they have several in the jails and prisons.  The sister missionary said the latter were her favorite places because it was there that she came to know that “Heavenly Father loves ALL His children.”  She continued to testify about the Savior and His atoning sacrifice and our need to utilize the Atonement EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I’m so grateful that Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to conquer our problems and addictions.  We would not have the power to do so were it not for Him.


8 Responses to “You can overcome”

  1. June 10, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I was also there at this meeting and it was very moving for me to see how much this coupled loved these addicts that I think many judge to quickly. I must say that I, too, judge those that are addicted to drugs before my substance abuse class. I didn’t understand why thy just couldn’t quit. Now i understand and have a deep respect for those who are able to get over such a power addiction.

  2. June 11, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    This is great! It’s beautiful how faith can heal a wounded heart. I have seen people that have used this program that were able to overcome addictions which held them hostage their entire lives, and abandon it for faith and freedom. Thanks!

  3. June 13, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    I love the ARP. I got a chance to go with a few people while on my mission. It was a life changing experience even for myself. I learned so much from it. The Lord can truly heal those who let Him.

  4. June 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

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  5. June 14, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    The LDS ARP came to one of my classes last semester. I was very touched and excited about the program, and it made me want to get involved. Thanks for the post!

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