“My Peace I Give unto You”
Family and friends labor under the heavy emotional burdens of resentment, fear, and hopelessness due to the addictions of family members or loved ones. The Addiction Recovery Program encourages family and friends to partake of the Savior’s offer to carry our burdens and receive His promise: “My peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The Lord’s plan is to rescue and heal each of us as we yield our hearts to Him (see Helaman 3:35). Just as those who are addicted need the Atonement of Jesus Christ in order to find freedom from the bondage of addiction, family and friends also need His healing power to be free from the bondage of despair.
Family Support Groups
The family support groups in the Addiction Recovery Program help participants use gospel principles of recovery to draw closer to Father in Heaven and the Savior, Jesus Christ. Family and friends can find peace and healing for themselves, regardless of what their addicted loved one chooses.
Family and friends can benefit from attending support group meetings. A deeper understanding of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and heartfelt repentance is a blessing, whether or not addicted loved ones choose to study and apply these principles. The comforting assurance of the still, small voice will guide us through the darkest of places into safe havens of healing and hope. Adversity need not defeat us and define our happiness. Through Christ, we can receive the strength and courage to face all things. Trusting in Heavenly Father’s will and His plan for us and for our addicted loved ones can continually sustain us day by day. We echo Nephi’s promise: “Even so as many as should look upon the Son of God with faith, having a contrite spirit, might live, even unto that life which is eternal” (Helaman 8:15).
Support meetings are free and confidential. Meetings are focused on either general addiction or pornography and sexual addiction. There are also groups for women whose husbands struggle with addictions. Youth 16 to 18 years of age can come with a parent or guardian. Each week groups focus on one of the 12 steps. Meetings usually last 60 to 90 minutes and are held year-round. Dress is casual and modest.
Stories of Hope and Healing
“The pure love of Christ can remove the scales of resentment...from our eyes, allowing us to see others the way our Heavenly Father sees us: as flawed and imperfect mortals who have potential and worth far beyond our capacity to imagine.” — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Merciful Obtain Mercy,” April 2012 General Conference
Click here to read stories of those who have found hope and healing in recovery from addiction.