Teen/Youth Recovery Meetings
By brady
12/6/2012 12:14:54 AM
Hello to all. I have an important question and I NEED feedback. Has the church attempted to do ARP meetings for teenagers? Especially in the category of Sexual Addiction?

Here is why I ask. I have felt prompted a lot lately to look into this. I, being a recovering addict myself, am working with teenagers. Ages 14-18. I have yet been able to find any books, or free programs for teenagers. I didn't come out til I was 17 because I didn't know where to go. I was afraid to be in with the "old men". It was hard for me to be that young going to those meetings too. I just wonder if there is currently anything going on for the youth. If not, I will start something. I have talked to a leader in the church today with a lot of influence. He wants me to look into it and get things going. He wants me to take the lead and he will pull strings when we need it. I won't say his name here but he is on the sunday school general board. I also know a man on the young mens general board very well. Please inform me of anything you know so that I can be wise in the way I go about this. Also give me any opinions on suggestions on how we should help those in early teens to overcome. I know there are some on here and many out there that want to do whats right but need the extra boost that this program is.

Much love to all and thank you!



"Good luck with this one. You are not the first person to approach this. Others have friends in high places and have still not made headway.

I tried to get this started and ran into many brick walls. The consensus seems to be that the Bishops handle teens with issues. BTW, LDS Social Services is over ARP, and the people in charge are not recovering addicts. The Church puts people in charge that do not have a clue about addiction and I have not seen that as helpful.

All I can think of is to pray for guidance and maybe you will be the one who will get this started. I will advise you by saying "hold on tight and long because this is going to be a bumpy ride." But maybe you are up to the task. "
posted at 01:26:27 on December 6, 2012 by Anonymous
youth arp    
"there is a youth arp meeting in ogden, I think on wednesdays. parents meet separately."
posted at 17:49:09 on December 6, 2012 by Anonymous
youth group in Las Vegas    
"We have one here, they have to attend with their parents, thankfully they come in together but meet in a seperate meetings, one for the youth and one for family support. From what I have learned is that they are not opening anymore groups for youth, but they have left ours alone and have not closed it. if you would like to talk to the missionaries who are over the youth their phone numbers are on the web. at I was told that family services just has too much to deal with, they can't even get the family support program up and running. After the manual was pulled, the arp guide is now used in its place until the new support manual comes out. I learned from this site that it might come out in the next week or so. I am in the program as a recovering addict and missionary group leader and I find out more whats going on here on this site than I do from "proper" channels. Best of luck to you, we as a church need to deal with addiction in the early years before it is ingrained into adulthood. You have my full support and hats off to you, I wish I could help you.

your brother harvey
posted at 19:05:51 on December 9, 2012 by harveyf
Community SA Meetings    
"We have a way of thinking that we as addicts are some how different or better than a SA who is not LDS, The truth is that SA knows no bounds and we are all the same, with the same addiction. If our church is not ready to help the youth, they are always welcome at any community SA meeting.

Family situations in the church like any family dishes out shame and sometimes teens are not comfortable to share with parents. In that case, they can attend community meetings without a parent or permission.

Let's not place ourselves above another. Obviously SA meetings have their act together regarding PA and SA for anyone (including teens), and our church does not yet.

Don't let the fact that the church not having SA or PA meetings for teens stop you from starting down the path to recovery."
posted at 22:42:41 on December 9, 2012 by Anonymous
Great information!    
"You will find excellent information on helping teens with SA from Dr. Doug Weiss. One video he has is called, Born For War. Give them a call and they will help you find information. Dr. D. Is not a member but he is a Christian, holds several Doc. Degree. And is an ordained minister. He is a recovering addict himself and gets it in a way that no other counselor I have seen does. He has helped many members. Some Stake Presidents have chosen to show his video to their youth. He was a pioneer in SA addiction recovery for both addict and spouse.

Keep doing what you are doing. The Lord will guide you and help you. Do not let opposition hold you back. If you feel strongly about this then JUST DO IT..... Bless. You! "
posted at 17:03:41 on December 12, 2012 by Hero

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