Sisters- Healing Through Christ
By angelmom
11/9/2011 8:04:00 AM
The Church is very close to releasing the new manual for loved ones.

I have the PDF Version of the new "Healing Through Christ" 12 Step Manual. It is in final review and almost released. I would like to send a copy to you via email. I have set up a private email if you would like to contact me to have a copy emailed to you. My address is Because I certainly understand that privacy is very important to most of us on this site, you can easily set up a anonymous email at This free service allows you to have an email account while keeping you personal information inaccessible. This is something I wish I had last year :)

Also in the past I experimented with a reach out phone group (also using anon features), so that sisters did not have to feel the shame, isolation and suffering in silence which usually comes with learning of your husband's addiction. I am considering doing it again. If you are interested in making a connecting with the sisters on this site, please email at the above address.

Addicts this invitation is open to your wives as well. Please have them email me for more information. Please no addicts posing as wives. Been there done that, and I have a pretty good nose for posers. Honesty please :)



Its really good    
"My wife and I have been participating in the pilot program and on our second round with it.
I highly recommend it too for addicts to look at."
posted at 08:14:04 on November 9, 2011 by ruggaexpat
I am interested    
"Angel I am interested in both of those things I will be e-mailing you soon! I am so excited about the phone group because I am not always able to go to the psag group. I would love to connect with the sisters from this group. Thanks Angel MOMOF5"
posted at 09:20:43 on November 9, 2011 by momof5
Email expired -- want a copy    
"I'd like to get a copy of the book by Angel's email address has expired. Can anyone help?"
posted at 15:23:25 on March 22, 2012 by Anonymous
"Me too! I emailed Angel and the address is no longer working. :( Any help would be greatly appreciated."
posted at 09:43:35 on June 6, 2012 by Anonymous
Healing Through Christ- No Longer Used by the Church    
"This program is no longer being used by the church for family support. It was on loan to the Church by a private party.

Originally it was a beautiful program specifically designed for family members of addicted loved ones (kind of like ala non). Last December it appears that the committee over the approval process decided to cut much of the manual down and removed many of the important and healing sections from it's pages. What was left it a shell of what the original authors intended.

Last week during our meeting, the missionaries abruptly announced that the Church will no longer be using the Healing Through Christ manual and will return to using the Addiction Recovery manual in it's place, basically tossing family support aside and treating loved ones like addicts.

This is very sad news for many of us who are in need of support and I do not fully understand what the reasons are behind this decision.

I am in touch with those who are close friends with the original authors of the "Healing" manual and will update you if it should become available online or via hard copy.

Since February, I have been attending a community based s-anon group and have continued to find great peace and healing with women of different faiths who are struggling with the same issues. Although they speak of a "Higher Power", I still take my savior, Jesus Christ with me wherever I go...At the end of the day, the program was never meant to be exclusive to a single religious denomination, it was designed for anyone seeking healing from the effects of a loved one's addictions.

This is a sad time for family members of addicted loved ones, but I have faith in a God who always gets his work done and I am sure a solution will come at some point. I was told by a dear friend in the addiction recovery program that the original version of ARP once used by the church was not what it is today. It has a lot of problems, but with much faith and prayer, they are now using a model that is approved by Salt Lake and many can testify it has brought them sobriety and healing.

I will stay in touch as I learn more.

posted at 00:33:15 on June 7, 2012 by angelmom
sad too    
"we have been using the healing through christ book too. It will be quite an adjustment to go back to the A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing. I still think it is a great book, very inspired. I guess Al Anon didn't like the church's implementation. My therapist brings out a good point. Wives sometimes (not always) ARE addicts, too. Just addicted to their husband's recover/addiction/behavior, i.e. codependancy. But in any case, the current book is for addicts and loved ones, and it works too. God moves in mysterious ways. We still have the healing through Christ, and it is no longer "official", but we have it still, and can use it in our own personal lives. That is good. Thank you for all you do angelmom. You are a great leader and humble disciple of the Savior."
posted at 11:18:03 on June 7, 2012 by Anonymous
Healing Through Christ workbook    
"The Healing Through Christ workbook, as used between 2007 and 2011, went through more than 50 revisions ---- the final draft version was in June 2011.

Because the LDSFS ARP program is no longer using that workbook, the authors of the Healing Through Christ workbook have decided to make the workbook available online. They have expanded the June 2011 version to include even more information that is very helpful.

The new revised workbook is currently going through its final edit and will be available soon.

As soon as the workbook is available, those who are interested will be able to download the workbook for fee from the website: "
posted at 23:37:52 on September 18, 2012 by Anonymous
"Thanks for the awesome information. :) I look forward to seeing the workbook."
posted at 09:26:53 on September 19, 2012 by g1rlie
Healing Through Christ workbook    
"Today, Nov. 19th, I went online to and they have the Healing Through Christ workbook available for download.

It looks like it is bigger than the last version."
posted at 21:46:26 on November 19, 2012 by Anonymous
"I cannot tell you how excited it is to see that this book has finally become available to the public. It is not published by the church, but I assure you that it is a gift from God to assist sisters in healing from the effects of addiction in their lives. This book was written for the loved ones of addiction and was completed through much opposition. Although I am not a contributor to this book, I am closely tied to some of the authors and I literally witnessed miracles amidst opposition to see this book come to light the way the Lord intended.

Hopefully we will soon see meetings popping up all over which will do nothing but good in the lives of those who come seeking true healing from the effects of addiction.

Congratulations to my dear friends who worked many long days and nights to bring it all together!!! It has been an inspiration to watch the spirit move you to completion. You must be overjoyed and exhausted.

I am going to sleep tonight with a little extra prayer of Thanksgiving :)."
posted at 23:50:22 on November 19, 2012 by angelmom
Church book...    
"When will the church be releasing the new spouse/family support book? I heard rumors that it would be out in December."
posted at 09:01:05 on November 20, 2012 by chefdalet
Nothing that I know of    
"Healing Through Christ was on loan to the church and the final version was going to be released last December, but unfortunately Satan found his way into the process and many precious truths were being taken from this special manual. It was through much fasting, prayer, and temple attendance that the authors decided to pull the permission and publish it privately for the time being.

As far as I know the church is using the addiction recovery manual, which in my opinion may be great for addicts, but is not so helpful for family/spouse support. Being the spouse or family member of an addict is a different experience than the being an addict.

One of the difficult things about calling Missionaries who are not recovering family members to be "over" the program is that the people in charge may have not have been to the place all recovering family members must go. Once the family member is in recovery, her or she can then reach back and nurture and guide those who are just beginning the awful, but beautiful process through healing. The best Missionaries in the Family support were those who were recovering, or had family members who were addicted.

In the tradition of the original 12 steps, we have no leaders, we are all humble servants who help and inspire one another and to offer love and accountability. Affliction experienced by living in a home of addiction knows no bounds. not race, not religion, and not financial status. We all pull together and help anyone who desires to walk the path of true healing.

People became involved in the process who were not family members of loved ones and took it upon themselves to rewrite "Healing through Christ" in a way that they felt was proper. It didn't work and the good news is that the Lord always gets his stuff done!!!I have every bit of faith that the now published "Healing Through Christ" manual will bring many family members into a place of healing and that eventually the church will be ready to accept it as is.

What is so awesome is that it is available and I believe that at some point, in the Lords timing, there will be meetings where spouses and family members will find help and healing.

I hope I have not offended anyone by what I have said. I watched much of this process unfold firsthand and I know that what is now released is God's work.

The church is still true, the gospel is still true, but natural man is an enemy to God and in this case that natural man thing got tangled up in the spouse support end of recovery. The same thing happened in the beginning of the ARP program, and it took a while to come up with what is not the LDSAR addiction recovery program. It all works out in the end and I have all confidence that at some point when humility sets in and lessons are learned, the church will adopt "Healing Through Christ" again."
posted at 11:02:37 on November 20, 2012 by angelmom
Get through the 12 steps so you can be cured and stop coming...    
"I heard this once at a ARP meeting.. sounds like the same thing you are going through."
posted at 12:33:12 on November 20, 2012 by Anonymous
"I am excited to know this is now available :) Thanks for the info :)"
posted at 12:49:33 on November 20, 2012 by g1rlie
LDS ARP Family Support    
"LDS Family Services should be releasing their new family support manual a week from today, on Friday Dec. 14th. The new family support manual was written by a committee of several people."
posted at 17:30:01 on December 7, 2012 by Anonymous
This is great news...    
"My wife runs a Spouse / Family Support group here in Oklahoma and she has been struugling trying to use the ARP book for her group."
posted at 13:34:49 on December 8, 2012 by chefdalet
The new family support committee    
"If this committee is the same committee that attempted to edit the HTC manual, I expect the new FS manual to resemble the ARP manual.

I hope the new manual is geared toward co-dependent family members and not people who are addicted."
posted at 07:20:24 on December 9, 2012 by Anonymous

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