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02 Nov Messages of Inspiration from General Conference (Part 2)

This post is a continuation from our last one about the recent LDS General Conference. As church members around the world tuned in to hear messages of hope and inspiration last month, we were happy to also hear encouraging spiritual guidance and comfort for those of us struggling with addiction at any phase. Below are two messages which we found to be especially helpful and important in view of addiction recovery, overcoming trials, and making powerful life changes. Full transcripts of all the talks can be found on lds.org.

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20 Oct Messages of Inspiration from General Conference (Part 1)

Every 6 months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds its semiannual General Conference. During this weekend, everyone is invited to hear words of comfort, courage, and inspiration from leaders.

We’ve learned that when we come to conference with questions and concerns in our hearts, they’re answered through the inspiration of the Holy spirit. Last month, we enjoyed many messages that have special application to recovery and healing from addiction. Just a few of these lessons include: self-worth, forgiveness, the atonement of Christ, repentance, strength through adversity, and trust in God’s plan.

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15 May Alcohol Abuse Rates Rise After Retirement

Statistically, most people know someone in their immediate lives who is or has struggled with alcohol abuse. Alcohol is, after all, the most abused substance on the planet, far and away. Currently, around one in twelve of all adults in the United States are classified as problem drinkers. However, one aspect of the prevalent alcohol abuse picture in the United States that doesn’t get talked about enough is the spike in alcohol abuse rates that happens around the retirement age. In particular, why do retirees struggle with alcohol so much more than other U.S. adults?

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01 May Income Inequality Affects Recovery

Addiction is a behavioral disease that has affected every demographic in the United States, as well as throughout the world, regardless of class, color, or creed. However, it would be highly disingenuous to suggest that there aren’t socioeconomic factors that play a part in the landscape of addiction that we are witnessing today, especially if we, as a society, want to take meaningful steps to combat addiction and save lives. In particular, class economics have a big part to play in addiction, by the numbers. Here are some important things to remember about the connection between income inequality and addiction...

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15 Apr Alcoholism Rates of Women Continue to Climb

Alcoholism is a problem that has continued to grow in America. First of all, alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, by far, due to its social prevalence and its legality. Indeed, nearly 9% of adults in the United States report having drinking patterns that could be described as problematic. Amidst these facts, another alarming trend has begun to get noticed and studied: the particular rising rates of alcoholism in women. Essentially, more women today are drinking a lot more than most women did in the decades before. Here is some information about how alcoholism rates among women continue to climb...

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01 Apr Why Moralizing Addiction Doesn’t Work

Addiction has proven itself to be one of the most major social problems of our time. The rates of addiction have continued to climb, since the turn of the century, and the opioid epidemic is a sure sign that there are many aspects of addiction that have to be addressed. The good news is that the awareness for addiction has continued to climb, as well. This means that more steps are being taken to help solve the problem. However, we have to be careful to control the narrative in which addiction is viewed. In particular, the view that addiction is a moral evil is something that we must take great pains to prevent. Here is why moralizing addiction doesn’t work...

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01 Mar Increase in Heroin Emergencies of Young People in California

The awareness of the drug issue that is faced by the population of the United States, and indeed, the entire planet, is something that has grown in the past couple of years. This is a good first step, since awareness is needed to take further action. However, just as the rate of awareness has risen, so too have the rates of people affected by substance abuse.

Addiction is a horrific behavioral disease that affects every part of the population, regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, or any other sociological factor (although some of these populations might be adversely affected more than others). Recently, there has been a dangerous increase in the amount of heroin emergencies experienced by millennials in California...

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