The following is excerpted from this month’s issue of The Liahona. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
We each struggle with our own personal challenges. For many, addictive or compulsive behaviors may be one of these trials. We don’t always talk openly about addiction or compulsive behaviors in society and especially in the Church. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you may feel shame or embarrassment or be worried about judgment from others.
If you are struggling with an addiction, you may feel that you are broken or a bad person. This challenge can feel overwhelming, embarrassing, or insurmountable. However, none of our actions can change our value in God’s eyes. We are all of infinite worth. And you are not alone in your trials. All things, including recovery from addiction, are possible through Christ. This is also true for those who may struggle with the pain or consequences of the actions of another. President M. Russell Ballard has taught:
“For those of you who have fallen prey to any kind of addiction, there is hope because God loves all of His children and because the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ makes all things possible.
“I have seen the marvelous blessing of recovery that can set one free from the chains of addiction. The Lord is our Shepherd, and we shall not want as we trust in the power of the Atonement. I know the Lord can and will free the addicted from their bondage, for as the Apostle Paul proclaimed, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’ (Philippians 4:13).”1
Connecting with Jesus Christ and with Others
A variety of treatments for addictive behaviors exist. The addiction recovery program (ARP) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a path to healing that provides a safe and supportive place for anyone working to overcome addictive or compulsive behaviors. The program consists of in-person or online support groups that follow a 12-step approach with a gospel framework. Each group is made up of participants working toward recovery, ARP service missionaries, and facilitators who have found recovery and healing through the addiction recovery program themselves.
There are two types of addiction-recovery meetings: (1) meetings focused on general addictions and (2) meetings focused on overcoming pornography use. There are also support groups for spouses and family members to attend.
The addiction recovery program is about supporting and connecting with each other in overcoming addiction, but most importantly it’s about connecting with the Savior, Jesus Christ. He wants to help us in our trials, and He is the source of healing.
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