The ARP program is a true blessing in my life. This morning after having a
fight with my sister I thought about Joseph son of Jacob and how God healed the
hearts of Joseph his brothers his and his father. I am truely greatfully to God
and his son JC for make possible to change my heart and give me peace. Addicts
often resort to the addiction to comfort them. The peace I get from JC is mush
better then momentary relief I get from my addiction.
Thanks Bill & Cats, as a group leader in a SAP program in AZ, I see the
great blessings of people who are humble enough to admit they need help and
demonstrate that they are willing to do anything, to regain their relationship
with their family and with their Heavenly Father and their Savior Jesus
Christ.I am often disgusted at the anti LDS attacks from people who
pretend to be something they clearly aren't.And then they criticize and
generalize good people for not living up to who they want to be and are trying
to be.It suspect that the worst critics of our (LDS) shortcomings are
guilty of all that they accuse us of, but feel a strange sense of comfort or
satisfaction in finding fault with those who struggle to be who they sincerely
want to be, and probably will be after enduring the trials and temptations of
life.Sadly, those who simply sit back and find fault will never understand
what it is like to overcome their evils because they honestly don't believe they
To LDS Liberal: Cats is right and you are wrong. Yes, it appears to be that
Utah is #1 depression pills. So since, Utah as a whole is 70-30% LDS that means
that the majority taking these pills are LDS in your mind. That is totally
wrong. That is the same as saying that the LDS are the leaders in pornography
addiction in the state. The fact is that if you look at where the pornography
listings are the greatest is where LDS is 20-80% against LDS. So, it is wise to
say that yes some LDS do have many additions but to put it solely on the Church
is WRONG. It is time to get off of this UTAH bandwagon everyone wants to put
out and do as CATS states. There is no denying it but to look at it is
perspective. Again a liberal point of view, yours, against a conservative
drug addiction is not just a Utah problem. I don't understand why some
bloggers are offended. Florida has a big problem with pain medication pill
mills. I wish the Liberal newspapers like the Palm Beach Post and the Sun
Sental would cover a story like that this hear in Florida but they will
advertise hedonism with the front page or sensationalizing prostition on
Broadway street. There are great Christian recover groups hear in Florda. One
group is called Celibrate recovery and another is true and faithfull that is
given free advertiment on a Christian station called moody Radio I have gone to
both meeting the Spirit is strong becouse people are learning to repent and
exercise faith in JC. I attend true and faithfull and share scriptures from the
BOM and D&C in these meetings with born again Christians and have never been
thrown out of the meeting. Sin is a temptation for Christians and Jews becouse
it is a sin. If your not a Christian or a Jew or are not religious Tempation is
not understandable. I work construction many men I work with who have porn on
there phones do not understand porn addiction or shame.
I would encourage those to reach out to those in need of help, we are the Lord's
hands.I appreciate those willing to share their stories. I hope you
all have continued success.May we all overcome challenges in life
with the proper help and combinations.
Thank you for writing this great article. The wonderfulness of the 12 step
groups is one of the best kept secrets on planet earth.The groups
are open. Don't be scared. Just try it.As a family members of a
loved one in recovery (and you can go even if you are a family member of a loved
one who refuses to begin recovery) --I truly benefited from these groups.
--More than I can express.That family-members' group taught me to
focus on my OWN progress, salvation and repentance rather than depending on our
loved one's progress/repentance for personal peace.
Cats | 6:33 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Somewhere In Time, UT Someone ALWAYS
has to turn these things into a "Utah thing." Honestly! There are
problems throughout the Church and the world. It has NOTHING to do with
"Utah culture."============ Oh, Really?Then WHY is Utah No. 1 for perscription drug abuse?Yes, it IS a
Utah thing.So please, stop denying it.BTW - Getting over the
Denial is the first Step in any Recovery.And the Utah Mormon's
perception that drugs from a pharmacy aren't as bad as those in a Liquor store
is part of the danger.We need to be more vigilant in decerning the Spirit
of the Law, rather than focusing on the letter of the Law contained in the Word
of Wisdom.Pharmacies and Doctors weren't around in Feb. 1833And drugs today are 1,000 times more deadly and addictive than coffee,
tea, and tobacco.
Just wanted to comment on the the article on Healing Power!! I am so blessed for
having this opportunity to express my testimony of the healing power of the
atonement of Jesus Christ! I am here today with my loving husband and five
children because of the LDS Recovery program. I know of no other program that
has the spirit so strong to not want to leave the group because of the feeling
within the meeting!! I am so grateful to have my family back together and want
those out there that are suffering that their is hope and recovery for everyone
in all walks of life!! I know this, my family is a true miracle. These miracles
happen everyday through this program!!!
I would have to agree with Cats on not making drug abuse a Utah Mormon issue, as
addiction to prescription drugs is not just a Utah problem. I got caught up in
alcohol and drugs because I didn't know my place in the world. I was not wanted
by my stepfather, and at the time I didn't know I wasn't his daughter. I found
out as an adult. Mom and he were converts to the church when I was a baby, but
never really fully understood what the gospel was all about. Mom was a sex abuse
victim who never felt worthy of the blessings the Savior offered and eventually
committed suicide. My stepfather died an alcoholic. I have 1 sister who died of
alcohol poisoning, and two siblings who are lost the world of drugs and alcohol.
For some reason though, Heavenly Father touched my heart through Primary, and as
an adult, when I got away from all the crazy family members I figured out,
through His grace, that I was a person of worth. I'm the only surviving member
of the church in my family, thanks the the Saviors love, and a loving Heavenly
My addiction was Pornography. 9 years ago I lost every thing that was important
to me. My wife divorced me I was seperated from my children. I was
excommunicated and the National Guard Discharged me after 19 years and Arrested.
after I crossed the line with one of my daughters. A freind helped me find a 12
step meeting called SLAA. I keept going to Church which was one of the hardest
things I have done that is going by my self. I turned my sins over to JC.
Sence then I have been blessed with a new wife a home peace in my heart instead
of distruct thoughts opportunities to reconcile with my children and being givin
an asignment my the stake president to facilatate the ARP meetings. Going to
ARP and another Christian group I go to I get to witness other peaples lives
being changed which helps me exercise Faith in JC. Pornography does not just
hurt the addict but offends and hurst the addicts his family and his friends.
Pornography addiction and sex addiction is an invisible addiction becouse of the
terrible shame and hurt it cause to the addict and his family
Someone ALWAYS has to turn these things into a "Utah thing."
Honestly! There are problems throughout the Church and the world. It has
NOTHING to do with "Utah culture." It has to do with personal issues
and the problems and culture that exist in the larger world today. Let's stop
always using these stories as a opportunity to attack Utah. The
Lord has said, "if you are not one you are not mine." We need to be
supporting each other and not putting each other down based on where we are
from. Let's stop this kind of generalization and unfair criticism.
i do not know if the lds arp is 12 step based but from the comments it seems so.
i have seen AA transform lives, some with sudden loss of the compulsion to
drink, some with a more gradual release from the addiction.
addictions cross faith lines and those good programs should be shared by
organizations to make them better and available to our brothers and sisters in
need of recovery.in AA meetings there there are neither gentile or
jew or mormon of jw or flds- all seek recovery and freedom from addiction.we did and intervention on a very spiritual but alcohol addicted single
man- accepting help he has been sober 3 years and his life transformed for the
There are no geographical (or organizational) limits on messed up mindsets.
Likewise, there are no geographical (or organizational) restrictions on
appropriate mindsets. I've lived in five states and one foreign country with
people of all races and religions. No geography, organization, church, family,
university or demographic has a monopoly on goodness or problems. Life is
challenging, but by living the first two commandments taught by the Savior we
can help each other make it through our various trials, whether they are
self-imposed or they arrive in our lives through no fault of our own.Thanks to and blessings on these courageous people for sharing their stories
of hope and recovery!
Lds liberal is spot on. I believe Utah is a great state. I loved going to usu.
But the mindset there is messed up.
So long as we as LDS people frown on those who drinkng Diet Coke and Mt. Dew as
breaking the Word of Wisdom, Smoking and drinking Alcohol is being a one
way ticket to Hell, Then turn a blind eye, thinking and believing
any and all extrememly powerful perscription drugs are somehow automatically
"OK", just because a Doctor or Pharmacuetical Representative says they
are....is decieveing themselves.I have a niece - the mother of 3,
married in the SL Temple -- is now sitting in the state pen for perscription
drug abuse.She never drank Diet Coke, but Oxycotin was OK.It's
a sad reflection of our "Utah Mormon" culture.It happens,
even to the best of us.
I was a missionary for the LDSARP meetings and felt personal changes in my being
as a result of an increased, deeper, and more meaningful relationship with my
Savior, Jesus Christ. I love Him, and feel so grateful for His love, grace, and
mercy.....for that great and terrible price He paid to set each one of us free
from the things that bind us. I have seen such courage, and so many miracles in
the lives of ARP participants. God is so good to us.
I testify that the A.R.P. program really does work. I am an alcoholic/addict
myself who attends meetings weekly and it has really helped me a lot. I feel
the Spirit at each and every meeting and am not ashamed to recommend this
program to others going through it.
This program is inspired. I've seen it work in the lives of those I love. I am
grateful for the way it can bring peace and healing to those who suffer from and
because of addiction, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
So glad to hear there are programs like this and that people are not given up
on. We all have worth.
These stories are repeated over and over again at ARP Meetings everywhere. I
have six years sober thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ as taught to me by
my friends at ARP.
I can attest to the healing power of the Savior. I was a 3 pack a day, drinking
daily mess, and after years of prayer, I woke up one day and the desire to smoke
or drink was gone. I know that if we are sincere in our desire to do what is
right, we will get the help we need. Heavenly Father knows our hearts, and who
we can be, He will send the help we need when the time is right.