We'll Do It Together
I battled with drug addiction for over 25 years. I started using drugs and alcohol when I was 13 years old. My choice of drug was methamphetamine. Throughout my addiction, I voluntarily admitted myself to three 30-day inpatient treatment centers and tried attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, counseling, and therapy. My husband struggled with similar addictions, and several years ago we found ourselves in the worst moments of our addictions. I had a career that was ruined by my drug use and we felt our marriage was destroyed.
After losing my job, my husband and I decided to move in with my mother-in-law. She had been a member of the Church for many years and introduced us to lessons with the missionaries. The comfort received through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church’s teachings of the importance of family struck me deeply. We both felt that repentance was needed in our lives and that we needed to change our ways
In 2008, my husband and I were baptized on the same day. After baptism, we both found new jobs and were active in the Church. During this time, however, we felt there weren’t any members who we could identify with and understand our struggles with addiction. Unfortunately, we relapsed once again and lost our new jobs. Soon my mother-in-law asked us to move out. We had nowhere to go, so a friend offered us some office space where we slept on a mattress on the floor.
In 2010, a friend invited us on a trip to see the Colorado River. It was as if the Holy Ghost led us there. Secluded with no worldly noise, we spent time staring up at the millions of stars and praying. Underneath that clear desert sky, I knelt down on my knees and asked God to help us. Our Heavenly Father knew we needed a place where we could not be distracted. We felt we needed to move to the area, and so we followed the prompting and soon started attending the nearest ward. Through our struggles, we discovered our bishop had battled alcoholism in his own life and he introduced us to the Addiction Recovery Program. Our prayers were heard and we knew we had been led by the Spirit. We finally found a place where we felt comfortable and understood.
Since then my husband and I have moved again, but we still attend ARP meetings frequently. We regularly travel the 120 mile round-trip to meetings to continue learning how to apply gospel principles through the 12 steps. The distance is not a problem when we think of the happiness we both find. What an amazing program that provides Christ-centered addiction recovery! Working the 12 steps with a broken heart and a contrite spirit is not always easy, but with daily prayers to Heavenly Father and reading the scriptures, our lives have changed. Through ARP we have quit our addictions and now we are temple worthy.
I will never forget the moment my husband and I met with our stake president for our first temple recommend interview. My husband and I looked at each other, and with our eyes full of tears, we both said at the same time, “We made it, babe.” We have known each other since high school. We battled our drug addiction together, got clean and sober together, quit smoking together, were baptized and went through the temple on the same days as each other, and then we were sealed together. We are now both seeking a college education.
Our own branch has also recently been blessed with the ARP program, and we were set apart to be the leaders. My heart and soul will always be grateful for the Church’s ARP program and how it helped save our lives, souls, and marriage.