November 1, 2008
Dear Priesthood and Relief Society Leaders:
The Church has implemented an Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) sponsored by LDS Family Services. ARP is designed to help those who might be struggling with an addiction, or associated with someone who does. ARP adapts the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous into a framework of the doctrines, principles and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Detroit office of LDS Family Services has led the implementation of this wonderful program within Michigan and western Pennsylvania. Over the last three years, it has commissioned over 30 ARP support groups. These groups are helping people change their lives and overcome their addictions through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
One feature of this great program is The Arbor, a newsletter that provides a forum for people to share stories of their recovery. It also includes other news and information.
Please take a few moments and read the touching stories in the November issue. Please also share this with your ward or branch councils, and others in your unit who might benefit from hearing more about this wonderful program.
May the Lord continue to bless you in your service.
ARP Program Coordinator
LDS Family Services – Michigan Agency