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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"Each one who resolves to climb that steep road to recovery must gird up for the fight of a lifetime. But a lifetime is a prize well worth the price. This challenge uniquely involves the will, and the will can prevail. Healing doesn’t come after the first dose of any medicine. So the prescription must be followed firmly, bearing in mind that it often takes as long to recover as it did to become ill. But if made consistently and persistently, correct choices can cure. "

— Russell M. Nelson

General Conference, October 1988