Heal the Spirit, Mind, and Body
Addiction not only harms a person’s body; it also injures the mind and spirit. True recovery from addiction, then, focuses on healing all three of these aspects of our lives. As individuals work toward recovery in each of these areas, they should understand that full healing can come only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His gospel.
Heal the Spirit
Maintaining the health of your spirit is just as important as caring for your body. When people don’t receive the spiritual nourishment and light needed for their spirit to grow, they may become vulnerable to behaviors that they otherwise wouldn’t consider. President Spencer W. Kimball taught, “Jesus saw sin as wrong but also was able to see sin as springing from deep and unmet needs on the part of the sinner” (“Jesus: The Perfect Leader,” Ensign, Aug. 1979, 5). When individuals feel a void in their lives, they often try to fill it with other things; those with addictions will try to fill that void with their addictive behaviors. These destructive actions in turn disconnect them further from the light of their Father in Heaven, which makes it even harder to overcome the addiction. Below is the story of one man whose spirit was healed as he gained control of his life after years of being enslaved to drugs and alcohol.
Heal the Mind
With addiction, the brain is chemically and neurologically conditioned to be dependent on external behaviors, attitudes, and substances. Many times, those struggling with an addiction don't realize they have a dependency that is beyond their control; they view their addictive behaviors as simply an escape from pain and something that will make them feel better. Part of healing involves becoming aware of our negative thoughts as well as our justifications for acting out. Developing this recovery mindset is difficult but necessary for healing from addiction. Below is the story of a man who exercised this mindset and was healed from his pornography addiction.
Heal the Body
Part of our purpose here on earth is to teach our bodies self-control. Addiction causes us to lose control of our cravings and appetites and can result in serious medical conditions or even death. Christ can heal us and help us become more like Him as we learn to control the desires of the natural man. Elder Russell M. Nelson taught, “One of life's great challenges is to develop dominance of spiritual appetites over those that are physical” (“Addiction or Freedom,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 8). Below is the story of a woman who fought to gain control of her body as she conquered her addiction to prescription drugs and was healed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
"Happiness does not spring from perfection but from applying divine principles, even in small steps."-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2012 general conference