Peace, Be Still — a Series on Addiction Recovery
Years ago in a small town in Israel, as evening approached Jesus instructed his small band of disciples to board a boat, and cross to the other side of the lake. As the disciples navigated the boat, Jesus fell asleep on the stern. Suddenly a violent storm arose, so severe that the waves began to swell over the boat. Filled with fear, the disciples ran to their leader, crying, “Carest thou not that we perish?” Their trusted Master awoke, and with His power commanded the sea to be still.
For the last year at The Small Seed we’ve talked about addressing what could be one of the biggest and most furious storms of our time.
Addiction in one form or another impacts each of us. Over the course of the next two weeks we will be focusing on addiction recovery by awakening Christ in our lives: through articles, the LDS Addiction Recovery Program (ARP), and stories shared by our Small Seed community. As you read we invite you to prayerfully ask how you can apply this to your life, and think of who you know who you could share it with too.
In our world today, the tempest is raging. The spread of addiction is astounding, and the cost is debilitating.
1 out of every 6 Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 battle a substance abuse disorder. Drug use and addiction costs our society around $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production costs. Heroin addiction among young adults between 18-25 has doubled in the last 10 years. About 12% of total websites are pornographic.
Addiction brings with it: shame, depression, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive tendencies, guilt, anger, sexually transmitted diseases or diseases as a result of drug use, isolation, broken family relationships, legal troubles, loss of career, financial devastation, loss of trust, fear, frustration.
To those of you currently bound in the chains of addiction, or feel you are sinking because of the addiction of someone you love, we first want to say our hearts ache with you. We promise you that though you may feel alone, the Savior is right there, in your boat, ready to help you.
There is help. There is hope. During this series we will be primarily focusing on the faith-based 12 step program called the Addiction Recovery Program. Each day over on our Instagram we will be focusing on one of the 12 steps. Additionally, at the end of this article we have included a list of resources that we recommend.
The purpose of this series is to teach you how to awaken and invite the Savior to come to your aid. We know that true healing only comes through the grace of Jesus Christ. Like the woman who had suffered 12 years with a disease, who had tried everything in her power to be healed, it is when we reach out with all we have to Jesus Christ that he will heal us.
Russell M. Nelson has said,
Many of us have cried out from the depths of our hearts a variation of this woman’s words: ‘If I could spiritually stretch enough to draw the Savior’s power into my life, I would know how to handle my heart-wrenching situation. I would know what to do. And I would have the power to do it.’ When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.
That is a promise for each of us.
Jesus Christ can calm your storm.
When we feel we’re drowning in the stormy waters of the sea, Jesus Christ invites us to partake of His living water. He has promised us that, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”, and that “to the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
When we spend our lives coming to know Jesus Christ, and asking him to save the sinking boats in our lives, we may eventually become like Peter, called to walk on the very waters that caused us such fear and heartbreak before.
We invite you to join us as we share this series on addiction the next two weeks. We pray that the materials and stories will empower you to awaken Christ in your life. In this way you can find the peace that He only can bring.
Additional Resources for Addiction Recovery
Video Resources from the LDS Addiction Recovery Program —
Jenna’s Story – Spouse with Pornography and Sex Addiction
Bill’s Story – Spouse with Prescription Drug Addiction
TC’s Story – Spouse with Pornography and Sex Addiction
Arlene’s Story – Son with Drug and Stealing Addiction
Catholic resources on addiction recovery —
Jewish resources on addiction recovery —
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Buddhist resources on addiction recovery —