This guide is intended to be a workbook and reference for those attending addiction recovery support groups sponsored by LDS Family Services. It is based on gospel principles of recovery and healing. It can also be used by people seeking to improve their lives and especially by those willing to work one-on-one with a bishop or a professional counselor.
*Due to the spiral binding on this book, we are unable to ship to any correctional facility.
The entire focus of the addiction recovery program is the atonement and surely that applies to every one of us. We may not believe we have "addictions" but we do have issues that keep us from becoming the person we want to be and the person that God knows we can be. ARP meeting schedules can be accessed on the internet (arp.lds.org). Everyone is welcome, first names only, complete confidentiality at all times. This manual is used as the workbook. Accept this invitation to attend a meeting in your area and find out for yourself how this program is for everyone who desires to be a better person tomorrow than they are today.
As one who doesn't have an addiction but has spent a lot of time with this manual and the church's 12 step program I love this manual. It was designed for addiction recovery based on the AA 12 step program, so if it's getting less stars based on those two things well...those things were intentional. I think this manual makes something that sometimes seem difficult or ambiguous to apply to life, Christ's atonement, and makes it more accessible. If you don't have an addiction just think of a weakness you have and sub it out in place of addiction. If you read and work the steps it will make a difference in your life.
It's unfortunate that this book cannot be sent to an incarcerated member of the church -- someone who could most benefit from this information -- because it has a spiral binding. It would show more sensitivity if this book were offered in an alternative binding.
The principles in this book are all good, true, and helpful for those suffering under the weight of addictions.
The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because this manual, while, good, in my opinion should be expanded to make a book that applies to an array of serious problems, ranging from weaknesses to addictions, that people need God's help with.
The book as it is has the feel of a rough draft and has a very narrow focus, only directed toward those with severe addictions who attend 12 Steps recovery meetings. Also, the book in my opinion relies too much on AA principles and jargon, and the point of view of the recovering addicts consistently sounds like they are all drug and alcohol addicts.
If you have a drug or alcohol addiction and want to attend meetings this would be very beneficial to you. Those with other addictions will be helped not quite as much.
Those not able to attend meetings or who don't have serious addictions can benefit from this manual but it may be difficult to apply the principles to your specific problems.
Overall very good and highly useful information, but I think it could be even better.