Recovery and Healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Whether you yourself struggle with addiction or associate with someone who does, these gospel principle-based steps can be a blessing in your life. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been adapted into a framework of the doctrines, principles, and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are presented as key principles. You will learn how to apply these key principles and find that they can change your life.

These steps from the Addiction Recovery Program guide are intended to be a workbook and reference for those attending addiction recovery support groups sponsored by LDS Family Services. However, the doctrines and principles that are taught could also be of great benefit to those who live where participation in a support group is not feasible. It can be used by people seeking to change their lives and especially by those willing to work one-on-one with a bishop or a professional counselor.

Men and women who have suffered the devastating effects of various addictions and have experienced recovery were invited by LDS Family Services to share their experiences in applying these principles in their lives through the content contained within the following steps. Their point of view (the “we” referred to in the steps) is used to convey the anguish of addiction and the joy of healing and recovery. You may find comfort, support, and a common bond with them. 

Church leaders and counseling professionals have also been involved in writing and developing this content. The combined wisdom and experience of these many authors stands as yet another witness of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the possibility of recovery from addiction.

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"Happiness does not spring from perfection but from applying divine principles, even in small steps."-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2012 general conference