LDS Church featuring the stories of members who have overcome addictions

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is bringing an important issue to the forefront: addiction.

September is National Addiction Recovery Month, and in response the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of videos that focus on church members who have struggled with and overcome addiction.

The video series is called "12 Steps to Change." It will include 12 videos, each of them about four minutes in length, featuring a person or persons who struggled and overcame some sort of addiction, including drugs, alcohol, food, pornography and gambling.

The goal is to increase awareness that there is help available through the LDS Church's addiction recovery program.

"Much similar to an AA meeting only we are using scripture like, to help with our healing," said Wendy Stilson of St. Mary's Center for Recovery.

The LDS Church acknowledges that it's tough for people to admit they have an addiction and they hope these real life stories inspire others that they too can turn their life around.

People who work in the field of addiction and recovery say these videos can be very influential.

"By the church coming out with these videos it's going to give people permission to say, ' I am struggling and I see that others are struggling too,' and this isn't out of the ordinary, this is something that so many people are struggling with here in Utah," Stilson said.

Stilson said St. Mary's had 134 patients stay at their center for an extended period of time last year, and 40 of them were active LDS Church members.

"I think by the church doing these videos it's going to help them to be able to feel that they can come forward to their bishops or anybody else and reach out for help," Stilson said.

Stilson said the area she is most concerned about when it comes to addiction in Utah is moms on meth.

"I'll speak from a women's perspective, is we feel like we have to be perfect in everything: the clubs, and the sports, and the music and the schools and get our kids everywhere--and a lot of moms have become addicted to meth and called closet meth users because it gives them the energy to do what they need to do," Stilson said.

Mormon Channel posted a trailer for the series of videos on YouTube, see below for that video.

12 comments

  • Revoir

    It would seem using LDS recovery programs should be taken with a grain of salt.

    I encourage people to get help, but accepting help from an organization that has a fan base that seems to have an astounding issue with the use of anti depressants and suicide on a gigantic scale, well, this might not be the best Avenue to embark down.

    I didn’t see any plan to get there customer base off ‘happy pills’, it’s ironic because SSRI’s completely block the spiritual center of your brain and doom you to be stuck in a spiritual limbo, thus causing you to never question the stellar leadership that caused you to arrive in the SSRI boat.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Jesus came to help the sick and not the healthy Revoir. Providing help for those who seek it seems like a worthy goal. Why don’t you tell us what your real problem with the LDS Church is?

      • Karen Jenk

        The LDS recovery program should not be taken at all. Sometimes people need a little more than prayer or to read fictitious scripture. The LDS cult continues to change and whitewash unsavory things from its past. Don’t take my word for it. Noooo. Do what the leader$ tell you to do and research. Try this-Do a Google search for the following: Mormon men on the moon or Brigham Young view on blacks or mormon virgin birth There are quite a lot of things from it’s past that the cult would like to erase. It is important to not let the truth behind this money making cult be lost.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        KAREN JENK – It must irritate you to no end to seen the LDS Church donate to feed the poor and hungry. They can be so cruel that way.

    • deldandelion

      Having been through the addiction recovery program, I can say it absolutely works. I am a totally different person. I have found a measure of peace by working their program that I was unable to find with anything else. I still have to work at it, but the pain is gone.

      I have never been a fan of antidepressants. I hate taking pills, so I’ve always refused. I consider myself an intelligent, independant person, who also happens to be a member of the church. I question everything until I have an answer. I am telling you this now. This program works. If you have never been to a meeting, maybe you should go check it out to see for yourself. That will be the only way you will truly know.

  • Karen Jenk

    Do a Google search for the following: Mormon men on the moon or Brigham Young view on blacks or mormon virgin birth
    That is what people are told to do. Investigate the cult. Their very own scriptures tell a story much different than what the cult portrays its self today. The Truth is out there……

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Ever been to Welfare Square and seen the volunteers who make bread and package cheese, to give to the poor and hungry? What have you done to contribute to those in need?

      • Karen Jenk

        Just because I write something you don’t like does not mean I have hate. I would just like people to have the opportunity to learn about both sides of the cult of a man who married underage girls and who married women who were already married to other men. No hate at all. Just getting some food for thought out there.

  • Karen Jenk

    Another bob—I doubt you will look this bible verse up because it is not in the BOM… unless joseph $mith plagiarized it along with many other chapters. Matthew 6:4. Of course they do good deeds and they love to have great publicity about how humble and good they are. If I belonged to an organization based on lies I would want to redirect attention from the truth as well

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Instead of worrying about others the question is what are you doing personally Karen Jenk to help others in need? Apparently you chose to ignore the volunteer work done by members of the LDS Church. The word hypocrite comes to mind.

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