Sharing Hope of a Recovering Co-dependant
11/9/2010 8:01:18 AM
Sunday in Relief Society, I was able to bear my testimony of the power of the Atonement, my recovery, and ARP. I felt the spirit guide my words as I told of how, when my husband died, we were separated at the time because he was a drug addict. When I said those words, many sisters in the room gasped. Then, as I bore testimony of the Savior's atonement, his healing power and compassion, and the ARP support group, their gasps turned into tears. Afterwards, many thanked me for sharing. I wonder how many sisters are in pain, but too afraid to talk about the problems they are facing. Why is it we hide that pain from the members of our ward family? Probably because addictions are socially unaccepted. I hid my pain for years, but now I can testify of the process I went through and tie it all back to my Savior and his miraculous healing power and grace.
As many of us recover, let's not be afraid to share our journey. It may be a life-line for a sister who suffers in silence and isolation.


I've wondered that same thing    
"It drives me nuts that it's considered taboo to talk about addictions. I almost went on Dr. Phil, but the taping happened while I was in rehab. I also volunteered to be in a documentary, but it didn't happen. I'm not afraid to tell people I'm a sex addict. I think it is especially important for women to see that women can be sex addicts. I hate that it is more OK to be an alcoholic or even a drug addict. I have a harder time being vague and not sharing then I would sharing. I wish it was more acceptable.

Good for you for sharing your experiences."
posted at 11:32:26 on November 9, 2010 by dstanley

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006