Addiction

February 01, 2021 01:00 PM MST
It’s one o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, and I’m tired. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for far too long, trying to write the introduction for this article, hoping for inspiration to strike. I glance at the time, turn off my music (sorry, Hall and Oates; you guys still rock though), and think about what I want to have for dinner tonight. And then I get the urge.
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January 22, 2021 08:09 PM MST
It started out with some poker home games, and on occasion, visiting a casino to play. Then one night his friend handed him a pill so he could stay awake and alert to gable all night long. He later found out the pill was meth, and Josh was hooked immediately.
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August 07, 2020 01:42 PM MDT
Editor's Note: The views, information, or opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author. Readers should consider each unique situation. This content is not meant to be a substitute for individual, professional advice.
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By  LDS Living
January 31, 2020 12:00 PM MST
Over the years, the Church has released numerous inspirational videos on a myriad of topics, ranging from overcoming addiction to living with mental illness and most everything in between. These inspired messages are meant to uplift and help individuals persevere through the many challenges and hardships of life.
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May 17, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
Thanks to Meridan Magazine for making us aware of this podcast episode.
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March 19, 2019 04:00 AM MDT
From the outside looking in, Crishelle Simons says she grew up in the ideal Latter-day Saint family.
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February 18, 2019 01:39 PM MST
The night my brother overdosed on heroin is one I’ll never forget. I can still recall every detail: the thud of his body hitting the floor, my parents’ yells, the terror, the confusion, and the hopelessness that sank in when I realized we were back to square one with his seemingly never-ending battle with addiction.
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By  LDS Living
February 14, 2019 04:48 PM MST
"What I was left with was absolute fear and terror—a loneliness on a level I didn't know existed. I didn't even feel like a human being anymore," Kelly shares of her heartbreaking story of addiction—an addiction that eventually drove her to become a prostitute.
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January 24, 2019 06:11 PM MST
Editor's note: It is important to note there is an important distinction between pornography addiction and pornography use, even habitual pornography use. The following applies to those who experience pornography addiction, though the principles and ideas discussed can be enlightening for a variety of addictions, circumstances, or situations.
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November 17, 2018 02:05 PM MST
The following story was originally published on Jason F. Wright's blog in 2015and has been republished with permission.
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By  Kari Monet
November 05, 2018 10:09 PM MST
To truly understand Tara and Jared Madsen’s story, you have to start in the present. Skip past the first five years of their marriage, when she felt lonely, confused, and disconnected from her husband. Get past the excruciating discovery of Jared’s pornography addiction and the infidelity to which it led. Skim the subsequent five years of recovery work they slogged through to get to this place. Because this place is a really good place.
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By  LDS Living
November 05, 2018 02:57 PM MST
Twenty-two-year-old BYU-I student Josh Peters was 11-years-old the first time he viewed pornography—and that experience led to seven years of pornography use, shame, broken relationships, addiction, and secrecy. But Peters also found healing, recovery, and a renewed faith in Heavenly Father and the Savior's Atonement. Thinking about his journey of recovery, Peters told Nate Eaton from East Idaho News, "It's helped me understand myself and understand my faith in God."
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August 28, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
It’s a Sunday morning, and I’ve just finished breakfast. I decide to go for a walk while listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on my MP3 player. Afterward, I shower and dress in clothes I ironed the day before. Anxious not to be late for church, I gather my scriptures and lesson materials because today is my turn to teach Sunday School. I feel prepared, but I run through a mental checklist to make sure I have everything I need. Ready at last, I set out for the chapel, greet some friends before the service begins, find my usual seat, and pick up a hymnbook.
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By  LDS Living
May 24, 2018 05:18 PM MDT
"My husband called me on the phone and he said, 'Our son has died.' I didn't immediately start to cry. I just kept saying, 'I don't know what to do,'" a new Church video begins.
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By  LDS Living
February 10, 2018 04:04 PM MST
"How did I go from wearing a missionary uniform to a BYU lacrosse uniform to a county jail uniform?" Tyler asked himself. "How did one pill after surgery turn into full-blown heroin addiction?"
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By  LDS Living
January 26, 2018 01:25 PM MST
"I didn't think it was possible to ever get clean. But I remembered in the scriptures the Lord had descended below all things. And certainly, if anything could save me it would be the Atonement," Moroni says in a new Mormon Channel video.
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By  Kari Monet
January 19, 2018 10:15 PM MST
Ironically, the very methods we use to encourage purity in our children sometimes drive them into pornography addiction instead of helping them navigate inevitable exposure and missteps.
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By  LDS Living
November 16, 2017 03:16 PM MST
After wondering what was the use of living, a Mormon NFL player took 180 pain pills. When he woke up later in the hospital realizing he was still alive, he said a desperate prayer to his Heavenly Father. "I started to feel the love of Heavenly Father and the joy that I had never felt before," Stanley says in a new Mormon Channel video. "From then on, my relationship with Heavenly Father was constant. I knew that I needed Him. The only way for me to find peace was in a power greater than myself."
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September 13, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Stefani Seeley still remembers vividly the day her boys asked her a question about life after death that she, a Mormon, could not answer concretely.
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August 31, 2017 02:15 PM MDT
“I don't think that cop will ever know what he did for me,” Whitney says. “He saved my life that night.”
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August 28, 2017 09:15 AM MDT
Latter-day Saints are known for clean living. We proudly declare that we don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or even use coffee or tea. The Word of Wisdom has become a defining characteristic of modern Mormonism.
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August 21, 2017 08:17 PM MDT
When someone you know is struggling with a pornography addiction, it can be difficult to know what you can do to help them. Here are six things you can do to show you love them and support them through their recovery process.
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May 03, 2017 08:10 PM MDT
For a powerful podcast on this topic, click the link below.
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April 22, 2017 12:51 PM MDT
*Note: There are many ways and programs to heal from addiction; this is just what worked for us, and we honor all paths to healing and ask for the same respect for our path.
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April 05, 2017 12:00 PM MDT
The word “addict” or “addiction” conjures up images for almost everyone. A person would have to search far to find someone that had lived life unaffected by addiction either directly or indirectly. Most people know an addict. Many of us are, or have been, addicts. Those of us that have been there never thought we would be. Most of us are still bewildered over how it happened and enormously frustrated in our attempts to remedy our situations. No one ever sets out to be an addict. Some happen upon it accidentally, others mistakenly through immature or poor decisions early on. However it happened, it is certain that the havoc wrought by addiction was not and is not the intent of the person ensnared by this deadly malady.
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March 06, 2017 09:27 AM MST
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November 03, 2016 01:00 PM MDT
By age 22, Todd Sylvester felt like he hit rock bottom. In the grasp of an eight-year drug addiction, he lost his college basketball scholarship and everything else he had ever earned. He decided to take his own life. However, this was only the beginning of Todd's incredible story, as shown in the viral Mormon Message, "The Hope of God's Light."
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September 14, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
From eating disorders to substance abuse to pornography, addictions are something nearly every Latter-day Saint has experienced either personally or through someone they love.
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July 07, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
“My advice to you guys is, when your buddy says, ‘Hey, let’s go smoke a joint,’ . . . yeah, it seems real cool at the time; I’ve been there," Max Hall shares. "But please don’t get caught up in that stuff. I can personally tell you it will ruin your life. Maybe not everybody, but if you have an addictive personality like me, it will. Just don’t do it because you just don’t know.”
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June 04, 2016 02:15 PM MDT
There is no magical solution, no quick fix to overcoming addiction. Each person must examine the root of their addiction and find a way to overcome it in their personal lives. Here are a few tools that can help you better understand yourself and your addiction so that you can learn how to break it.
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By  Christine
May 31, 2016 01:35 PM MDT
The following post comes from hopeandhealinglds.com and has been republished with permission. This article is one of a series of posts addressing education on and recovery from pornography addiction and betrayal trauma. For more on this series, including the husband's perspective in this story, click here.
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May 10, 2016 03:42 PM MDT
Whether or not you are currently struggling with a sexual addiction, these insights from recovering pornography addicts will help you know dangers to avoid for yourself and your family.
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May 07, 2016 01:00 PM MDT
If we find out that someone we are dating has an issue with pornography, should we continue to date them or should we run?
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May 02, 2016 06:42 PM MDT
Read this powerful personal account of a wife and what she learned while helping her husband fight a pornography addiction.
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April 25, 2016 03:59 PM MDT
Stealing, pain, screaming, heartbreak. How do you come to forgive those who hurt you the deepest, those who were meant to love and protect you?
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April 08, 2016 04:35 PM MDT
The Mormon Channel recently released this compelling and brutally honest video of a mother so trapped in addiction, she loses the custody of her children. Though heartbroken, this woman finally finds the source of hope and forgiveness, helping her to realize the words "Be Still My Soul."
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April 06, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
Though written by a believer not of our faith, this post addresses something nearly all Mormons struggle with—an addiction many of us let control or shape our lives from time to time. So what is emotional porn and how can we avoid it? I love this quote:
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April 06, 2016 12:59 PM MDT
What a beautiful testimony from someone who has come to know the power of the Atonement and the Book of Mormon so intimately: "In recovery, I eventually had a living experience with this reality that changed my mindset and my heart forever. As I kept studying the Gospel in the light of these twelve true principles, I was restored to the sanity of knowing–truly knowing–that I am a beloved child of Heavenly Parents who want me, and who are, even now, in the process of training me, preparing me to inherit all that They have and–even more exciting to me–to become all that They are."
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March 11, 2016 05:57 PM MST
Read one Latter-day Saint's incredible conversion story, as well as her reconversion to the truths that have helped her through mental illness, addiction, and even the loss of loved ones.
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March 07, 2016 02:48 PM MST
Latter-day Saints have often been taught about the dangers of pornography. However, sometimes in talking about pornography we can tend to mix up the sin with the sinner. Here are three ways that Mormons can sometimes hurt rather than help those struggling with pornography.
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February 20, 2016 04:10 PM MST
An obsession with social media and video games isolated one LDS teen, forcing him to look to other sources for a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Here's his touching story:
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February 18, 2016 06:30 PM MST
Winning the battle with pornography isn’t easy. This post isn’t the answer to all the questions about overcoming pornography addiction, but I hope to at least share things that have helped me and my friends, who have battled with pornography, to WIN that battle.
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February 13, 2016 06:09 PM MST
Recently, LDS Youth posted this moving video to their YouTubepage, one that mingles counsel from Elder Robert D. Hales with the heartbreaking story of a returned missionary who learned about the depths of addiction as well as the infinite depths of the atonement.
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January 18, 2016 06:08 PM MST
Over the past year, the Church has been putting considerable focus on helping those who have slipped into the darkness of addiction find the light of the Savior's love and atonement.
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December 29, 2015 10:26 PM MST
My first encounter with pornography was when I was about 9 years old. I was visiting my best friend who lived on a dude ranch. She always had more information than I did about the mysterious things of the world, and she told me that she knew that one of the employees on the ranch had a stack of magazines with pictures of naked ladies in it.
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November 14, 2015 05:00 PM MST
MR says: Everyone who knows of someone struggling with addiction should read this. What a heartbreaking and miraculous story of recovery through the light and hope our Savior brings into our lives. I love this quote from the story:
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October 29, 2015 07:18 PM MDT
Ashley Sargeant battles bipolar, anxiety, and depression—and she fearlessly shares her struggles and her triumphs over mental illness. In fact, she has created a new campaign, #IAMSTIGMAFREE to spread her message of hope and healing.
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October 20, 2015 05:28 PM MDT
MR says: What an inspiring story of overcoming an addiction of something we are also dependent on: food. For more information on overcoming food addiction through the gospel, click here.
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October 14, 2015 07:03 PM MDT
MR says: Even without being an addiction, viewing pornography can damage our souls and cloud our minds. But Elder Dallin H. Oaks shares ways we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from every type of pornography use.
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September 11, 2015 10:21 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first eleven videos here.
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September 10, 2015 10:10 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first ten videos here.
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September 09, 2015 10:57 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first nine videos here.
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September 08, 2015 10:41 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first eight videos here.
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September 08, 2015 09:57 AM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first seven videos here.
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September 06, 2015 10:21 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first six videos here.
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September 05, 2015 10:23 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first five videos here.
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September 04, 2015 10:03 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first four videos here.
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September 03, 2015 10:20 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first video here, the second one here, or the third video here.
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September 03, 2015 08:49 PM MDT
MR says: What does the Huffington Post have to say about the Church's new addiction recovery video campaign, "12 Steps to Change?" Here's a little look into what those outside of the Church think about these videos.
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September 02, 2015 10:06 PM MDT
In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, the Mormon Channel is releasing a series of powerful and raw videos, which focus on the struggles and triumphs of those overcoming various addictions. Watch the first video here and the second one here.
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