New Guy
By nutshell
3/30/2012 3:17:02 PM
Hi - this is my first time on this site and I'm not sure what to do. I am a member of the LDS church but have been somewhat inactive for many years. I am a prescription drug addict and alcoholic and my husband and I have 4 days clean and sober. We have tried over and over to quit but to no avail and we are both ready to have the Atonement of Jesus Christ heal us.

I am so afraid that the pain and sickness of detoxing will once again lead us back to using. We live in a small town in California with no support groups let alone LDS support groups. I have completed the first lesson in the Recovery Manual recommended by Family Services and am working on the second.

Does anyone have any ideas that might help us?


"Find a counselor that can help. I can't over emphasize this. It was a huge changing point for me. There were no good counselors that I could meet with locally and I tried a few, but I finally found one long distance that I web cam with. He has changes everything for my family. His name is Paul Jenkins and I believe that if you google him or his work then I bet you could find him.

Welcome. We are all here to support you."
posted at 19:03:50 on March 30, 2012 by maddy
"maybe you should be able to find other 12 steps group such as AA or NA, I love outside the US and there is no lds group but I found hope and recovery with other great 12 steps group.

May the lord bless you in your journey

Your friend from europe"
posted at 03:16:00 on March 31, 2012 by mike81
"Maddy and Mike81 - thank you so much for your helpful responses. I will try them both.
posted at 22:17:03 on March 31, 2012 by nutshell
Good for you!    
"I think it is remarkable that you sought help and are trying on your own. It's difficult to do without some accountability though. You might also try Roger Stark from Waterfall Concept. He is a recovered addict and can provide a great perspective for you. He has helped me immensely. He usually runs an ad on here from time to time, but you can also google waterfall concept. Good luck to you and your husband. The atonement can definitely heal. Keep pressing forward, even if you have a relapse. When that happens, Satan slips in and puts so much discouragement into our lives. Don't let him win this battle. Best of luck to you."
posted at 15:15:09 on April 2, 2012 by Anonymous
online and phone meetings    
" has online and maybe some phone meetings. Heart to Heart is an LDS oriented organization but not connected to the church. I have participated in some of their online meetings and enjoyed them. They are a little different, but good. There is one every morning.

The LDS ARP program has a toll-free phone meeting Tuesday nights. They can be found at ... addiction recovery program ... addiction recovery support groups. Pull up the Utah Salt Lake area schedule. It is listed under evening meetings.

At they have a number of AA meetings online and has online and telephone meetings.

Keep plugging at it. Joy and peace will come."
posted at 20:07:14 on April 3, 2012 by justjohn

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"Lucifer will do all in his power to keep you captive. You are familiar with his strategy. He whispers: “No one will ever know.” “Just one more time.” “You can’t change; you have tried before and failed.” “It’s too late; you’ve gone too far.” Don’t let him discourage you. When you take the path that climbs, that harder path of the Savior, there are rewards along the way. When you do something right, when you resist temptation, when you meet a goal, you will feel very good about it. It is a very different kind of feeling than you have when you violate commandments—an altogether different feeling. It brings a measure of peace and comfort and provides encouragement to press on. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990