Uncle Rico CougI think many of us have been touched with your story.
God Bless Brother. Mormons don't talk about Grace enough, IMHO, but I
certainly believe in it and ask for it in my life on a daily basis. May the
enabling power of grace continue to bless your family.
Uncle Rico Coug:Thank you so much for sharing that. I'm so sorry for
the loss of your son but am glad you've had experiences and tender mercies
to see you and your family through it. I would echo what you said
about avoiding narcotic medications and their harder street drug cousins like
heroine. But I would also implore those who have already been ensnared and
caught in the webs of addiction to recognize it and don't be ashamed in
seeking the help and support of friends and family. Have the courage to face
your addiction and be honest about it with those closest to you, and then have
the fortitude to work your plan for recovery. You can see your way out of the
darkness and you can have peace...don't ever give up.
lots of athletes get addicted to hard drugs because they first got addicted to
pain killers due to some injury. The pressure to play hurt is so great many
athletes will do whatever it takes to play. Brett Farve had an addition to pain
killers for a time. I think the culture in both college and pro football needs
to change and make sure athletes are not allowed to play hurt. It's not the
athletes fault - it is the owners and NCAA big wigs who want a great product on
the field no matter what.
To: golfrUteThanks for your well wishes. To you and
others, my son's passing crushed us. He was a popular kid who was so
friendly, loving, outgoing and humorous. Our Heavenly Father has blessed us
with a couple of experiences to comfort us, to let us know that it was his time
to go and that he is in good hands in the next life. That hasn't reduced
the tears because we miss him. But, it has still given great comfort to know we
will see him again.
@ Uncle Rico CougI am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to
think of something as painful as watching a family member battle the tremendous
demons of addiction.Wishing you and your family much peace and
comfort. God bless.
Alema is just great as is his father. Continued success to him and his family.
Very good article! I have always had so much respect for Alema! I was almost
as disappointed as he was when he wasn't named the replacement for Craig
Bolerjack! I always have wondered what happened to Alema.This
article has GREAT meaning to me and my family and we identify with it so much.
My son was an up and coming elite athlete on his local high school team in Utah
County who also had back pain from a football injury and went down the same
road--and did it for the same reasons. (Starting with his back pain and adding
in the loss of a college football future due to injuries and being told he
couldn't serve a mission due to things he had done.) The only problem is
unfortunately he lost his battle in early 2014 in his early 20's.It is SO difficult to kick the addiction once you get started so I am so happy
for Alema! I would advise all who read this to never abuse prescription drugs
or try the hard drugs like Heroin or Meth--even once. Or it could be the
beginning of the end for them.
What an amazing journey and what a wonderful story. My wife and I are serving a
mission in Invercargill New Zealand and Durant served with us here for several
weeks. He was certainly a great missionary. We loved his enthusiasm and
energy. You can be proud of your son and I am sure he is proud of you. We send
I would love to give Alema a huge hug and a personal thank you. You helped to
bring my son back to someone I am very proud of today and living the gospel.
because of Alemas story and help he is such an awesome man with great talents
and is on a very important mission thanks Alema
To Doug, your character profile articles continue to be impressive, touching and
inspirational. I appreciate your ongoing efforts to help us better understand
(and learn from ) local personalities. Many thanks also for the wonderful
"Driven" (bio of Larry Hl. Miller) Thanks for your exceptional work!To Alema; keep up the good work and thank you for the life lesson.
Cougars do hard things - you should feel great joy in your progress. To The D News: thanks for sharing and promoting quality journalism like this.
I've been there done that! I quit cold turkey back in 1995. It's the
best decision you can make if you have a problem and the hardest thing is
knowing / recognizing you have the problem in the first place then doing
something about it. Glad he is helping some people.
In the silent chambers of each of us is a struggle the eyes of others rarely
see. It's a reminder that judgment is not only wrong, it's so often
inaccurate. By the grace of God, go I. Best wishes to Alema and all
of his family.
What I hope is learned from this testimony is that addition recovery is very
tough. It is expensive; in terms of money, time, ambition, and relationships.
Even with the resources of excellent insurance coverage, family support, church
support, the help of the Almighty, he struggled many times to get the sobriety
he has today. Imagine how much harder recovery is when you sleep in the alleys,
use public restrooms, soup kitchens, have no valid ID, no insurance coverage,
and no family support. If we have any compassion for the journey that Mr.
Aleema has taken, then we must have more, for those with so much less to support
the recovery we all want.Addiction is a cancer, a disease that takes a
team effort to defeat, and even then, it often returns. Pray for the addict who
will die tonight, and the children who have no choice.
To be clear, 12th Step "work" has nothing at all to do with being paid
to do it, to counsel others who have addiction. NOTHING! Read any 12-Step
program material, and it will always make specific reference to "we give
freely that which we have been given." "Having had a spiritual awakening
as THE result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and
to practice these principles in all our affairs." The specific reference to
"principles" eliminates taking money or any other remuneration for doing
12-Step work. According to the 12-Step program, the only reason that a
recovered/recovering alcoholic does the 12th Step, is to maintain their
sobriety. The concept was conceived on June 10, 1935, the "birthday" of
AA, when Bill W. went to Towns Hospital in N.Y. to meet with Dr. Bob S. at the
suggestion of Henrietta Seiberling in order to maintain his sobriety, as he
called Henrietta when he was at risk of drinking. He "freely gave of
himself" in order to not drink, and that was before there was a 12-Step
published program. At that time, Bill had been sober since November 1934.
Great story. Great Battle. I'm so glad that Alema didn't give up.
Life is a battle for all of us. We need to help each other and love
each other. Our connections are so important.Be real. Be Kind.
Let's make life great.
@ dreese its Alema@cbstlyle Its Alema@Tim F ; weird post Congrats Alema and thanks for be willing to share your story.
Powerful! I will use this lesson in my own life.
The difficult part of the article is that Aleema, like most of us, do not feel
adequate in front of The Lord due to our shortcomings. We all have them but in
various forms. It is critical to remember that it is always through the grace
of Christ that we can be healed just like President Uchdorf spoke about in the
April conference. We don't need to be perfect for Him but rather become
perfected in Him. This is such a myth in our faith and causes people to abandon
it because they feel as though they cannot ever measure up. We will
never be perfect as mortals but there is not an expectation of that either. We
just have to keep our hearts pointed towards His direction regardless of our
imperfections. The Grace of Christ will not make up some of the difference of
our imperfections. It makes up all of the difference!Keep fighting
I had no idea that Mr. Harrington was having these problems. I'm very
pleased to learn that he's made such tremendous progress after such a long
trial and that he's using his experience and generosity to do what he can
to help other through their own difficulties.The longer I live the
more clear it is that everyone has their own personal challenges, some of them
overwhelming. And, that trying to make comparisons between either the various
challenges we all face or the relative success in encountering them is
pointless. But, it's always good to see people continue their fight for
Worked at KSL-TV from '96 - '98 as a studio technician. Alema was/is a
classy guy. Stay strong Alema, you affect more people than you may imagine. I am
inspired by your experiences.
Alama: I have always had great respect for you, and the fantastic job
that you do. Keep up the good work! There are many that pray for your
continued well-being and happiness. You are an example of great strength to
all of us. I am glad you wouldshare your reliance on the Lord, and
ability to overcome challenges in your life. A motivator for all of us! Best
wished going forward. Thanks again for your example!
What an incredible story. Thank you Alema for sharing your story.
Followed Alema for years and had no idea. Wow!Keep it up Alema!
Excellent story. I've known of Alema's problems for many years and am
glad to see that he is finally getting on top of them. Just remember "one
day at a time" and "it works if you work it". I'm pulling
for you Alema.
Great story. Thank you Doug Robinson and thank you Alema for your willingness to
share your experience. We all have our own struggles in life and it can often be
discouraging but I've found that serving and connecting with others has
blessed me and helped me have the courage to face my own demons. And I
especially enjoyed your testimony of how doing it God's way is the only way
to recovery and finding peace and happiness. Thank you again for sharing your
inspirational story. God bless.
Great article Doug.I've known Alema + Tau for nearly 35 years - in
fact my cousin went to high school with the two of them. A couple of years ago
we reached out to Tau after my family heard him speak at a LDS Fireside specific
to Addiction. One of my 3 daughters has struggled with addiction for over 10
years. Alema was very helpful - connected us to Renissance Ranch, but Drug Court
wouldn't allow my daughter to use that great facility... But Alema stayed
interested + mindful of her.I'm so grateful that he's found his
calling - he has a gift and he's using to bless others.Thanks Doug
for the positive article and a thanks Alema for fighting the good fight.
God bless you Alema and keep up the good work!!!! Stay strong.
Well written, in depth article. Addiction is such an unforgiving monster.Doug, whatever they're paying you to exercise your craft, it
isn't enough. Fine job!
Thank you, Doug and Alema. God bless you both.
Wow!!!! What else can be said.Mark