What is Addiction?

What Is Addiction Recovery?

Find hope and learn more about addiction recovery options.2:08
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What should you do if you or a loved one needs help overcoming an addiction? It takes a lot of courage to admit when you need help, but recovery is possible and definitely worth it. The road to recovery is about discovering healthy ways to feel lasting happiness. With the support of family, friends, church leaders, and professionals, there is hope for the future.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, find help at addictionrecovery.lds.org.

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    What should you do if you or a loved one needs help overcoming an addiction? It takes a lot of courage to admit when you need help. But recovery is possible and definitely worth it. Addictions almost always get worse over time, so the earlier you start to get help, the better.

    Addiction is about using a substance or behavior so that you don't feel pain. The road to recovery is about learning healthy ways to feel good. The first step is to pray for help. God hears and answers your prayers and will help you and guide you to recovery.

    Believe that recovery is possible. Listen to stories of people who have overcome their addictions, and know that you can quit, too.

    Don't keep it to yourself. Tell a friend, family member, or church leader about your problem. Ask them for advice.

    Participate in a 12-step support group, where you can find help from a mentor who knows exactly what you're going through. Daily support and personal accountability will be vital to your recovery.

    You can also seek professional help from a counselor or another addiction program. Even with your best efforts, cravings may still continue because it takes time for your mind and body to change. Don't give up.

    Experiencing a relapse is almost always part of the process. And even though it should not be used as an excuse, it doesn't erase your hard work. If you are still having problems relapsing, then you may need more help than you are getting.

    You can't do this alone and shouldn't have to. Surround yourself with people who care about you and want to help you become healthier. Above all, remember that recovery is possible through Jesus Christ. Come unto Him, and He will heal you.

    If you or someone you love has a problem, get help. Want to learn more about addiction? Find help at addictionrecovery.lds.org.