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What Is an Addiction Recovery Support Group?

If you are struggling with addiction or a problematic behavior, you may feel trapped and fear that you will never be free. You can discover support and hope by attending a recovery support group meeting.

Recovery support groups sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can help anyone struggling with an addiction or compulsive behavior. Support group meetings use an adapted version of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that teaches addiction recovery principles from a gospel perspective. These principles can be found in the Addiction Recovery Program guide.

The goal of recovery support groups is to help individuals live in recovery and find peace and healing through Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Understand that though a support group can be a great help for you, you may also need professional help or a treatment group. Support group meetings are not run by professional counselors and are not considered treatment groups.

Those struggling with addiction or compulsive behaviors can attend a recovery support group to receive support, help, and fellowship from others in similar circumstances as well as from volunteer Church-service missionaries and facilitators. You can attend meetings in person or over the phone. (Find a meeting here or read “What Can I Expect from a Recovery Support Group?” to learn more.) The meetings are free, participants remain anonymous, and all information shared will remain confidential.

No matter how lost or hopeless you feel, you are a child of loving Heavenly Parents. Change and recovery are possible through Jesus Christ and His Atonement. As you reach out to Him, you can find recovery, peace, and hope.