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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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nanniehu
Wendover, UT

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.

Myke Weber
Vernal, UT

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.

Rob
Logan, UT

So glad to hear there are programs like this and that people are not given up on. We all have worth.

kam
Layton, UT

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.

uintahutefan
Vernal, UT

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.

Raeann Peck
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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.

Aggielove
Junction city, Oregon

Lds liberal is spot on. I believe Utah is a great state. I loved going to usu. But the mindset there is messed up.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

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!

redhat
Fairfax Station, VA

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 better. PTL!

Cats
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." 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.

ctrwbc
WEST PALM BEACH, FL

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

nanniehu
Wendover, UT

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 Father.

Gardner from northern Utah
GARLAND, UT

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!!!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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."

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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. 1833
And drugs today are 1,000 times more deadly and addictive than
coffee, tea, and tobacco.

Mamma C
HEBER CITY, UT

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.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

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.

ctrwbc
WEST PALM BEACH, FL

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.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

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 point, Cats.

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

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 have any.

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