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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 Mar Starting Opioid Education Earlier

The opioid epidemic has continued to spread over the past decade, as the amount of prescription painkillers being sold has continued to climb. Not only has the abuse of these prescription opioids caused a very severe problem in and of themselves, but these substances often work as a pipeline that pushes people towards harder street drugs, such as heroin, in order to get a stronger high for less money.

However, if you want to fight against this epidemic, the first step is knowing exactly what it is and how you can help: education. It’s for this reason that a couple states have already opted to start opioid education earlier in public schools...

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01 Feb Getting a Loved One into Recovery

There are few things that are more difficult than watching a loved one become entangled in the throes of addiction. The destructive cycle that substance abuse perpetuates can ruin a person’s life, and it often feels like there is nothing we, as their loved ones, can do about it. However, the most important thing that we can do is try to get this person to accept that they have a problem, and to try to get help. This is trickier than it sounds, but it is immensely important for their health and wellbeing. Here are some tips on getting a loved one into recovery...
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01 Nov Recognizing the Signs of an Overdose

Drugs and other illicit substances can have a lot of scary effects, especially when someone is addicted. However, perhaps the most scary thing that can happen is an overdose.

Why Do Overdoses Happen?

Overdoses happen because the nature of addiction is that you have to take more and more to get the same effect. Addiction means that you act a certain way regardless of risk, so your perception of danger will probably be skewed. It’s important that we remove the stigma that we often have connected to overdoses. They can happen to anyone struggling with addiction, even when they’re trying their best to make positive changes in their life.

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01 Aug Naloxone Enables Us To Help Our Loved Ones

ClimbingHave you seen the ads for Naloxone popping up all over billboards along the Wasatch range? Utah Naloxone is an organization that seeks to prevent deaths from overdoses by making a powerful first aid resource available to everyone.

Utah Overdoses By The Numbers

Between 2012 and 2014, Utah had the fourth highest fatality rate from drug overdoses. Utah has the highest rate of death in veterans from opioid abuse. Every week, 6 people in Utah die from opioid use. Overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in Utah--even more common than vehicle accidents.
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