Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Resource

I was recently contacted by a young woman named Jami. She is a 29 year old LDS woman who became addicted to prescription drugs. She is dealing with her addiction and attending the LDS church's 12 step program classes to help her rise above the power of her addiction. 

Addiction is an isolating trial. It carries so much shame and denial. Those who suffer with addictions are often quickly judged and defined by their addictions. But this in itself is a tragedy because it is through support that addictions can be overcome and managed. 

Jami sees this and she recently started a blog to provide a place for others suffering from addictions or with loved ones suffering from addictions to go. I have had a few people email me who suffer from addictions or suffer with a loved one who is an addict. I thought this blog would be a good resource for any of us in such circumstances.

So I invite you to visit her blog and in the anonymity of your own home find a friend in Jami. Perhaps she can help others to heal through her blog as she works through her own addiction.

And to Jami -- I applaud your courage in taking this bold step and following the direction your heart has led you. May the Lord bless you in this life long journey.

Here below is Jami's self introduction to her blog:

President Boyd K. Packer said “addiction has the capacity to disconnect the human will and nullify moral agency. It can rob one of the power to decide."  Nobody wants to become an addict.  Nobody wants to lose complete control of their will and their lives.  Unfortunately, it happens.  Addiction is running rampant in the world today, and nobody is exempt from this disease.  I am a 29 year old, LDS woman who became addicted to Pain pills.  I have struggled with this addiction for years, feeling there was no way out, and feeling unworthy of my Heavenly Father’s help.  As I struggle daily with this disease I have sought the support of my loved ones, other addicts, and most importantly, my Heavenly Father.  Because addiction is an isolating disease, addicts feel very alone.  I have started this blog ( to help those who struggle with addiction.  If we all look at ourselves and our lives, I believe we are all affected in one way or another by addiction.  Whether we struggle ourselves, or we see a loved one struggling, we are all affected.  This blog is an open book.  It is a place for people to ask questions, give advice, and feel the support of others.  It is to help both addicts and their loved ones.  It is to share experience, strength and hope, as this disease can be thwarted.  We can recover, only with the Lord’s help, one day at a time.  Please feel free to come to the site, leave comments, ask questions, or just learn.  We are not in this alone!  Thank you for your support!  Jami

5 comments: said...

In my mom's ward they have been talking about how members of the church can use a program similar to the 12 step program of AA to help them overcome their sins/shortcomings. in essence, we are addicted to our sins and bad habits and some of them are extremely hard to overcome. so, all of us could benefit from learning to overcome addictions in our lives.

Heather & Greg said...

A couple weeks ago in my mom's ward at mutual they had a retired police officer come and speak to them and he was saying prescription addiction is the one of the biggest problems in the church. People think it is okay cause their doctors prescribed it and before they know it they are addicted. Just know Jami you are not alone, and there are plenty of us out here cheering you on to overcome this! :)

Anonymous said...

Celebrate Recovery Programs are awesome in helping with recovery! CR is a Christ Centered Recovery ministry for individuals seeking healing with hurts habit and hag ups. CR was started at Rick Warrens church (Purpose Driven Life) by a man named John Baker. If you look at the National CR page you can locate CR meetings happening in your area.

Alisha said...

I think it is very brave of this woman to start this blog of support. I love the LDS religion...but there are so many members who think addiction is a sign of weakness...they really just don't understand it's devastating impact. I am glad you posted this. I have a feeling...while there aren't many comments...there will be a lot of visits :)

Jami said...

I can't thank you enough Stephanie for posting about my blog. I have received so many comments and e-mails, but as Alisha said in her comment, many will view the blog silently. That is ok. As long as people are following to get support or just to learn of the disease. I thank you! Love, Jami