But, I’m Not an Addict
Take an honest look at your life and your behaviors. I believe that I wasn’t an addict for years… I just had a minor problem that I could fix on my own. I could “man up” and take care of it! But, after years of not seeing any change, or of seeing only short spurts of change, I realized I was not able to beat this “small problem” on my own. I was afraid of losing my wife and my family, and so I kept my little problem a secret and lied about what truly was happening. I tried with all of my strength to stop. I didn’t like that after all my efforts and resolve to stop that I fell right back into that same behavior. My first glimmer of hope was from being honest with myself and calling it what it was “I was an addict.”
I grew up thinking that addicts were people who ended up on the street, homeless, and unable to take care of themselves, and always seeking someway to get their next fix at all costs. They were people that were vile and you could just see on their outward appearance that they were addicted. My perspective has completely changed. Not to be an alarmist, but the majority of our population struggles with addictions. That neighbor that appears to have it all together could be deep into an addiction that is tearing at his soul. With the advances in technology and with the increase of access to pornography and websites that teach us how to make our own drugs, there has never been a time in earth’s existence where we have such ease of access to things that ensnare us into addictive behaviors. It can be so subtle. We need to take an honest look at our lives. We need to take the time to reflect inward and see what behaviors we have that are harmful and destructive in nature.
Recovery and Change are Possible
Recover from addiction is possible… no matter how “far” into an addiction an individual may be. No one is out of God’s reach and His power to change an individual. The anguish of addiction can be overcome by the joy of healing and recovery. There is always HOPE for you with your addiction to substances, pornography, food, sugar, lust, etc… The saying “Once and Addict, Always and Addict” is false. How do I know? Because I have experienced the miracle of healing and recovery myself, and have seen 100’s of others lives changed through a 12-Step program that the LDS Family Services provides on a weekly, and in some areas, daily basis.
Recovered addicts who have experienced the miracle of recovery through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, counseling professionals, and church leaders spent years putting together a guide called “Addiction Recovery Program: A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing.” This guide is a workbook that helps you go through the 12 Steps of recovery, adapted from the 12 steps from the Alcoholics Anonymous, and is centered around coming to know Christ and what His atonement can do for you as you turn your life over to Him.
“We have known great sorrows, but we have seen the power of the Savior turn our most devastating defeats into glorious spiritual victories. We who once lived with daily depression, anxiety, fear, and debilitating anger now experience joy and peace. We have witnessed miracles in our own lives and in the lives of others who were ensnared in addiction.
We have paid an awful price in self-inflicted pain and suffering because of our addictions. But blessings have poured forth as we have taken each step to recovery. Having had a spiritual awakening, we strive every day to improve our relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we are healed.” – Recovered Addicts
Where do I get a copy of the guide?
Go to http://addictionrecovery.lds.org to get a copy of the guide for free. Dare to take the first step. It’s easy, and you have nothing to lose to check it out and take a glance at what it is about.
If you are unhappy with your life and if you feel like a failure or disappointment, or even a lost cause, you can learn the truth that you are loved with an unconditional love from a God, who is our Heavenly Father, and He cares deeply about you. Your life matters and through Him you can make changes that will help you see the real you, your potential, and the value you have. It took me years to finally be honest with myself and recognize that all of my efforts were not working. I took that first step with whatever hope I could muster up, which wasn’t much at the time, and it has completely changed my life. I know that with God, nothing is impossible. His ways are some much better than our own, and they work as we come to understand them.
If you have had experience with this program, or others, please comment below and let us know how it has worked, or is working, in your life and what changes have occurred.
Give yourself to The Captain of Your Soul and receive the blessings that are constantly being offered to you, and see the tender mercies He places in your life each and every day.
-From A loving brother