By daneadams
1/14/2010 1:08:39 PM
I have struggled with addictions my whole life. For years I was an IV drug user. I have different struggles today because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have gone through ever type of counseling possible, and when I first started into recovery, I thought that the answers to my problems were there and not in the church. 10 years of sobriety later, and I have come full circle and realize that the gospel has all the answers and tools that I need.
One thing that I have come to understand, is that I am intelligence wrapped in a spirit, wrapped in a body. My body and spirit each has its own desires and needs. Addiction is a symptom of spiritual sickness. When we only listen to what the body wants and ignore the spirit, the spirit becomes weak.
The solution my friends to all addictions, is spirituality and unselfishness. You must get out side of yourself, and serve and love others. Growing your spirit is not done by reading good books alone, it is quickest achieved by doing all things with the mindset of letting the Holy Ghost into your life. Your mindset must also be to do those things that are not going to drive away the spirit. The Holy Ghost is a member of the God Head, never underestimate its power to sanctify, purify and heal you.
One last thought. The most powerful tool that the church has in overcoming your addictions is that of fasting and prayer. Fasting feeds you spiritually, it also help you to practice denying your body its desires. Fasting with prayer brings the spirit. Fasting and then giving the money away or to the church, allows you to bring purpose to your fasting and do service for someone else.
I have worked with a lot of people with addictions, in all stages of spiritual growth, and everytime I ask them if they are fasting regularly for 24 hours, the answer is almost always no.
Focus on the positive and not the negative when overcoming addiction. Don't focus on how you can "not do a bad thing". Focus on what you can do that is good, that will help you to overcome your bad habits. Focus on gaining the spirit, and the problems will just fad away.
This is my testimony.
Don't feel afraid to write if you need to talk or need advice
Dane Adams


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posted at 01:43:10 on January 18, 2010 by Anonymous
it's true    
"I agree. One of the things mentioned in the addiction recovery book is that they have found people have more success overcoming addiction when they focus on gospel principles and doctrine, not necessarily the problem itself."
posted at 18:12:59 on January 18, 2010 by gettinthere
LDS 12 Step vs AA or NA    
"I have been to a lot of 12 step groups including AA and NA, and there are 3 main things I love that the LDS 12 step groups adds that you don't find in AA or NA
1 - There is hope, and you can be cured from whatever addiction you suffer from.
2 - Focus on the positive and the good things that you are doing
3 - Let the Holy Ghost in, because that is what will change and purify you from the inside out. Letting in the spirit will change your weaknesses into strengths, and will consecrate your problem for your good and benefit.

I have come full circle in my recovery. When I started I thought that there was nothing the gospel had to offer me with my problem. Now I realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has all the answers, and everything to offer me."
posted at 14:37:19 on January 19, 2010 by daneadams

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"My spiritual prescription includes six choices which I shall list alphabetically, A through F:
  • Choose to Be Alive
  • Choose to Believe
  • Choose to Change
  • Choose to Be Different
  • Choose to Exercise
  • Choose to Be Free "

    — Russell M. Nelson

    General Conference, October 1988