That's not the reason for this post though.
I was approached by a member of my bishopric recently and he asked me for information on the addiction recovery program. I realize how very blessed I am that when we were dealing with DH's addiction we were in a ward with a bishop who knew about the program and who 'got it'. Newer bishops especially just frequently aren't trained in it. Even when I met with my bishop currently to air out some 'step 4' stuff, he needed me to explain to him what step 4 was. Any of you in the ARP world know what that means. So how can we remedy this? There needs to be more education. You and I can start in our little circles and create a ripple effect. Help me in mine. Send me your 'Dear Bishop' letters. I know the bishopric members are so busy and overwhelmed. They don't have time to read the "He Restoreth My Soul" and countless other books that will really help them understand addiction. They don't have time to regularly attend ARP meetings to get a feel for what they are like and how they change people's lives. So how can we make a concise explanation for them in a way to make it possible for others to become more aware of the tools and resources available to them?
The best way that I know to explain the 12 step program provided by the church, especially the Healing Through Christ manual that we used as part of our PASG group, is that it is a step by step practical application of Gospel principles. It is making the Atonement personal and creating a relationship with Christ that you didn't even realize you were missing out on. It is making the Atonement a healing balm, not just a relief from sin.