Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation – John’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

Starting with addiction to pharmaceuticals, John spiraled down with worse and worse drugs until he his family had left him, he was alone, and he was put in jail. Recalling his arrest:  "I remember the lights coming on, and I remember almost a relief coming over me, that maybe somehow in a weird way, maybe I'm done.... I began to be lifted from this addiction." "Step 9 says, make direct amends wherever possible. And I knew that I needed to be there so that anybody in my family could tell m...
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Step 8: Forgiveness – Larry’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

"Make a written list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make restitution to them." After a terrible fight, Larry didn't see his father for 13 years.  When he finally decided to forgive his father, out of the blue his father called him, and their reunion at a restaurant was sweet and tender. "When he started telling me his life story, I felt so much love and compassion for him. And then as I began to share my challenges with him, he began to cry, and he reached over and ...
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Step 7: Humility – Holly’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I knew exactly where I needed to go. My brother has been such a good role model for me throughout my life. I could feel something different in his home. I felt this love. And the way his family communicated, I knew that's what I wanted. "Step 7 is where I asked Heavenly Father to remove my shortcomings. Something very, very powerful and spiritual and sacred happened. I felt my Father in Heaven's arms around me, and I felt His love, and I knew that everything was going to be okay. "'Go...
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Step 6: Change of Heart – Aram’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I couldn't remember truly asking God to remove my character defects.  I just thought to myself, if he were standing in front of me now, what would I want him to say.  I'd want him to just take it and say, 'Thanks, I've got this.' Instead, at that moment, I heard a question: 'Will you let me take this?' I realized that I had done all this work to be relieved of this misery, and that question completely changed the trajectory of my recovery and my life." So Aram experienced a change of hea...
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The Refiner’s Fire

Two sons, her daughter, her husband.  All had cancer.  Three died. "The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God."  This woman's faith grew through these terrible trials, and she provides hope and compassion to others.   The Refiner's Fire
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Step 5: Confession – Jessica’s Story about Food Addiction Recovery

250 pounds, 4 feet - 10 inches tall, this woman had been addicted to food all her adult life.  But she had other problems.  The loss of her family, and things she had to confess and get off her soul.  With the help of the Savior, she was able to get herself to where she is today.  Physically, she's lost weight until she's almost unrecognizable from the person she was before - and spiritually, she's at peace. Jessica's Story
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