What is Addiction?

Why Is It so Hard to Quit?

Why addictions are so hard to quit.2:01

Addiction changes the way your brain works and affects your ability to control impulses. That is one of the reasons quitting can seem so impossible. It is okay to make mistakes on the road to addiction recovery, as long as you commit to picking yourself up and moving forward each time. Through the power of Jesus Christ, you can learn to control your cravings.

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


    A relapse happens to most people on the road to addiction recovery. It's when they return to taking a substance or engaging in a behavior they are trying to stop. This can be extremely frustrating for people who really want to change, as well as for those who love them.

    The thing is, addictions change the way our brains work, and they affect our ability to control impulses. Intense cravings can feel overwhelming and uncontrollable. They can be triggered by people, places, situations, and thoughts, or by emotions such as boredom, stress, hunger, anger, loneliness, tiredness, or shame.

    When relapse happens, some think that all is lost and they are back at square one. Others think that it's OK as long as they're doing their best to try. Having a relapse is never an excuse to justify your choices, but it also doesn't erase all the hard work you've put into recovery. You can pick yourself up and move forward.

    If you do relapse, use it as an opportunity to learn about your addiction. What triggered it? What did you learn about yourself? What areas of your recovery do you need to strengthen? These answers will help you make a plan to prevent another relapse.

    One of the hardest but most rewarding parts of recovery is learning how to deal with these cravings. You can learn how to control them. Jesus Christ will help you.

    Right now you can talk to someone who cares about you, attend a 12-step meeting, get a support person, and seek treatment. Recovery is possible. There is hope.

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