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Friday, August 8, 2008

Success Stories from the Addiction Recovery Program


I asked Elder Mark Geherin, who recently completed two years of service as Addiction Recovery Program coordinator in our region, to compile a report of those who have benefitted from participating in the program in the Pittsburgh PA and Pittsburgh PA North Stakes since the program first began here two years ago. Following is his report:


Here is the list people and their progress that happened in conjunction with the Addiction Recovery Program. These include people I've personally dealt with in the Oakland and McKeesport meetings. Others are from various wards throughout the Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh North Stakes:
  • brother, smoking and drinking issues, baptized, confirmed and progressed to Aaronic Priesthood. He also had his son baptized and confirmed. currently not attending church
  • brother, drinking and pornography issues, progressed to Melchizedek Priesthood, endowed, and church service missionary. currently active in church
  • brother, smoking issues, baptized, confirmed and progressed to Aaronic Priesthood. currently active in church
  • brother, smoking and drug issues, baptized, confirmed, progressed to Aaronic Prieshood. currently not attending church
  • brother, pornography issues, progressed to high priest. currently active in church
  • brother, anger issues, baptized, confirmed progressed to Melchizedek Priesthood, received patriarchal blessing. preparing for endowment and sealing. currently active in church
  • brother, smoking issues, currently serving a full-time mission. currently active in church
  • brother, smoking and pornography issues, had temple recommend restored, sealed in DC temple. currently active in church
  • sister, drinking issue, received temple recommend and progressed to be sealed in DC temple. currently active in church
  • sister, smoking issue, visited DC temple and her son is preparing to leave on his mission. currently active in church
  • sister, smoking issue, baptized and confirmed. successfully abstinent. currently active in church
  • sister, drug issue, baptized, confirmed patriarchal blessing endowed and church service missionary. currently active in church
  • sister, depression issue, baptized confirmed, patriarchal blessing. preparing for endowment and sealing in the DC temple. currently active in church
  • sister, smoking issue, baptized and confirmed, visited DC temple. currently active
  • sister, drug issue, baptized and confirmed, currently active in church
  • sister, smoking issue, baptized and confirmed, currently active in church
  • brother, sex issue, progressed to high priest, currently active in church
  • brother, drinking and sex issue, reactivated and baptized and confirmed his son. currently active in church
  • sister, drug issue, baptized and confirmed, currently not attending church
  • sister, sex issue, currently working toward reinstatement.
  • brother, pornography/sex issues. had his temple recommend reinstated. currently active in church
  • sister, smoking and anxiety issues, baptized and confirmed
I hereby do testify that all these people and their stories are real and true, based on my current knowledge. Their examples do testify of Heavenly Father glorifying himself through our trials, that Jesus Christ lives and is aware of all his children, especially those gone astray. I do also testify that the Addiction Recovery Program is led by the Holy Ghost and the happenings in conjunction prove that the Addiction Recovery Program is one of the most effective tools the Church has to reach and retain some of God's most burdened children. I write these words in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Mark Geherin

3 comments:

  1. Yes i too agree with you many people are effecting from addiction of drugs and their family members are worrying a lot.In order to recover the drug addiction it is difficult,but if we say them slowly and clearly by spoon feeding they can understand the problem.First we should prevent from addiction.

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    aylen
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  2. people often addict to drugs of young age.durgs effects a person and make them weak in health and also in their thoughts.all must work against this and advise the people who addicted to drugs.
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    henryjack

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  3. Hi,
    Ya i agree aylen and henry the members of the family need to check the adults when they enter adult age,there may chances to prone to drugs edictions....when they are in the starting stage they need to tak eto rehab centers..
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    rosy

    Drug Rehab

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