Hello.  My name is John and I am an addict.  I would like to welcome you to a place where we can talk about addiction in a faithful LDS context.  I am not a counselling professional, nor am I an ecclesiastical leader.  I am an addict, who is struggling to become one with his higher power (in my case, Christ).

You do not have to be LDS to post or comment here, nor do you have to be an addict.  Due to the subject matter, I welcome anonymous posting/commenting and commit to maintaining the confidentiality of anyone who cares to comment/post.  That said, I am particularly concerned for those who are affected by spam comments and so I will do my best to police the place as often as possible.

In commenting, it would be helpful if you refrain from offering advice unless it is specifically asked for.  I envision this as a place where people can come for support in their struggles.  You don’t have to refrain from telling others hard truths, but you must be polite.  Personal attacks and trolling will not be tolerated.  I maintain the right to delete anything that I feel crosses the line.  As for the line, it is subjective and dependent on my mood at the moment, so please don’t be mean.

I am providing this place because, although I believe that the church does an excellent job of teaching repentance in an abstract, theological sense, it doesn’t always do it in a practical manner.  This is a site for sinners.  It’s purpose is to help them recover from their sins, to show the light at the end of the tunnel, to offer encouragement for success and consolation for failure.  I believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is infinite in its application and that, therefore, we all can be redeemed.  But that is dependent on our repentance.  To that end, I want this site to be a user’s manual on repentance (with your input/feedback, of course).

As I said before, I am currently in recovery.  I have been attending meetings for a couple of years now and (at the moment I write this) have about 15 hours of sobriety.  So, yes, I am doing this for me.  The more people I get involved in my recovery, the better it will go (so they say).  So, I am looking to involve all interested parties.  That said, I believe that I have made some progress over the past couple of years and I think it might be helpful to share that with you.  So, I’ll be talking like I know a lot here, even when I don’t (please don’t let it offend you).  I promise to be polite and, when snarky, to apologize soon thereafter as the guilt will kick in quickly.

I am eternally grateful for an understanding, patient, demanding, and resourceful Heavenly Father and for his Son, Jesus Christ.  I believe.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


12 Responses to “About”

  1. Thank you for starting this blog. I think it will do some good, and I wish you well.

  2. John Anon Says:

    Thanks, Steve. If you would like to contribute, please contact me at anon.johnc at gmail dot com.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Hello, my name is Jason and I volunteer for SA Lifeline Foundation, a not for profit company located in Lehi, UT. You can find us online at salifeline.org. We work everyday to spread the word about Pornography / Sexual Addiction. We have found great success and joy in helping others overcome their addiction. In the process of setting up the foundation we became acquainted with Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD. Don is a top neurosurgeon from San Antonio, Texas. He has written a book entitled “He Restoreth my Soul”. It is an amazing book that details the problem, and provides hope for recovery. The angle Don takes is unique because of his medical background. To date we have sold 17,000 books most of which have gone to Bishops, Stake Presidents, and ARP Missionaries. The book is currently available at all LDS retailers.

      The reason I am contacting you, is because we need your help. We are currently reaching out to blogs and websites like yours asking that you provide some kind of information to your readers about the book, and / or our foundation. If it would help I can put you in touch with our founders Steven and Rhyll Croshaw. They can explain more about their efforts, and the efforts of the foundation. Steven and Rhyll were recently featured on the “Out in the light” documentary that was shown immediately following the last conference session. Please let me know if you have any interest in helping us continue to reach out to those that struggle with Pornography / Sexual addiction.

  3. annegb Says:

    Why did you skip the first step, John?

    I’m a double winner, with my focus on Al-Anon. I’m also an active Mormon. I will be checking in here often. I agree with Stephen, it’s important work.

    An interesting fact from my town (in Utah) : The AA meetings are often filled to SRO, but the f2f Al-Anon meetings are sparsely attended. The A’s are fairly open and eager for recovery, but they have no relatives or friends. LOL

  4. John Anon Says:

    Thanks for your comment, annegb. You are always welcome here.

    “Why did you skip the first step, John?”

    I am not certain what you mean. That said, I have to keep reminding myself of the first step over and over again or else I wander off. Of course, spending a lot of time on blogs is practically an admission that one’s life has become unmanagable so…

    I like your anecdote. It seems to me that most people (in and out of the church, actually) are all for prostitutes and publicans getting redeemed, but heaven help the poor soul who invites them to dinner.

  5. annegb Says:

    I missed those recent post things. I never noticed your posts on the first step. I don’t know how, that happens.

    I think you’ll be a good resource for people.

  6. Nancy Says:

    I need help finding an LDS Al-Anon meeting place and time in or around Scottsdale AZ. Can you help?

  7. lori stager Says:

    i need help finding aa meetings in draper,utah or riverton,utah ASAP

  8. Sharon Says:

    I’m hoping to learn how I can be most helpful to my son, who is struggling with several obvious addictions. I’m someone who struggles with several inobvious ones (so most people don’t look down on me, lecture me, or appear to feel sorry for me, but I know that I’m no better than any other) and I’m certain that an lds based alanon meeting may be very helpful! how can I find one, locally? I googled it and was shown this blog site as an option… this is the first time I’ve even tried to contribute to a blog and I’m fairly (technologically) illiterate, so chances are I’ll push “send” and accidentally delete all this…I did read about the book “He Restoreth My Soul” and I’m going to look for it, tomorrow, but I’d like to find some way to be more successful at helping my son, as well…

  9. Kezia Keith Says:

    I have been clean over 1 year, but met a man on the UTA bus who is interested in LDS recovery meetings. I used to go to meetings at the Seminary building in Lehi Tues. night. This man and his wife live in Eagle Mtn. I am trying to help them find a meeting fairly close for them to attend.

  10. Jason Says:

    Hello, I wanted to share another amazing story of recovery that we have posted on our website. This young man tells of his battle with Pornography / Sexual addiction. He has with the help of 12-Step, Qualified counseling, and an educated ecclesiastical leader found recovery.


  11. regina Says:

    I have an alcoholic husband. Was crushed when I found out because I thought we were an active LDS family. How can I best help him?

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