LDS Addiction Recovery Support During COVID-19

LDS Addiction Recovery Support During COVID-19

(updated May 1, 2021)

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Covid-19 precautions will be in place–for now, masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing are still required.

“Satan doesn’t win when he can get us to cross the line, but when he convinces us that there is no way back.”
–Brad Wilcox
THE CONTINUOUS ATONEMENT

“Social Distancing” and Addiction Recovery

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been dealing with COVID-19 for well over a year now. About this time last year, none of us had even heard of COVID-19. At that time, we had no way to predict the profound changes to our society and personal lives that this pandemic would cause.

As a recovering alcoholic, I can tell you from my own experience… stay-at-home mandates, temporary business closures, and “social distancing” suggestions are almost enough to drive a guy to drink! Definitely not the ideal situation for those of us who suffer from addiction.

For many addicts (including me), self-isolation is how our addiction manifests itself. As with many LDS addicts, I was a “closet drunk”. I’d white-knuckle my way through the day and then I’d go home, hide in my “man-cave”, and drink heavily. In my case, being alone is a huge trigger. “Social distancing” is not a good choice for me, and it probably isn’t for you either. While physical distancing is absolutely essential with COVID-19, it is even more essential to maintain a social closeness with the people and things who support our recovery.

In January 2021, I officially reached the point where I have been sober for 3 years. I am currently relatively confident in my ability to maintain my sobriety. However, I’ve definitely had my moments lately (see my recent post “God’s Fingerprints“). Living in the age of Coronavirus has reminded me of the importance of understanding Step 1–By myself, I am powerless to overcome my addiction, which makes my life unmanageable. (Click here to learn more about the 12 steps of Addiction Recovery)

Christ loves the lost sheep and yearns to celebrate the return of the prodigal son or daughter.

LDS Addiction Recovery Meeting

There are few places on this earth where you can feel God’s love for his children any stronger than at these meetings. I’ve made some dear friends here. I feel compassion for them and understand like never before what Christ-like love is. My concern about their well-being motivates me to do all I can to help them in their recovery efforts, which in turn strengthens MY recovery.

I am excited to announce that the Ogden LDS Addiction Recovery Mission is reopening its meetings to in-person interactions. For now, COVID precautions (frequent sanitizing, social distancing, and use of masks/facial coverings) are still in place. Now we can once again feel the strength of being in the same room with each other, sharing our failures, and celebrating our victories with our peers!


Video Conferencing to continue in a limited number of groups

>> For those who prefer anonymity or are still concerned about exposure to Covid–there ARE still phone-in/Zoom meetings available <<

Here’s how to access them:

From your computer web-browser

To participate in ARP meetings from your computer (webcam or microphone required), find the link below for the meeting you wish to attend and click the link. Or you can go to https//:zoom.us (click here) and click on the “Join A Meeting” link at the top of the page. Then enter the 11-digit meeting ID number (see listing below) for the group you’d like to join. If prompted for a password or security code, enter the “passcode” for your desired meeting (also listed below). In most cases, the meeting host will allow you to enter the meeting without entering the passcode… If you get the screen that says, “The host will let you in shortly…” wait and be patient. You’ll be admitted within a few minutes.

From your smart-phone or tablet

To participate via your smart-phone or tablet, go to your app store and install the “ZOOM” app. Open the app, follow the directions for registering for your free account, and click the “Join Meeting” button. Enter the 11-digit meeting ID number and enter the meeting passcode if prompted. If you get the screen that says, “The host will let you in shortly…” wait and be patient. You’ll be admitted within a few minutes.

Telephone call-in

If you prefer to do a voice-only telephone call-in (or if your computer does not support webcam video conferencing), dial 1-669-900-6833. When prompted enter the 11-digit meeting access code for the group/meeting you want (see listing below) and press the # key twice.

Remember to use your first name only when calling in.


Ogden-Area Addiction Recovery Program In-person and Phone/Video Meeting Information:


Tuesday Evening

General Addiction
3755 Porter Ave – Ogden, Utah, UNITED STATES
(Still NOT in-person–Zoom Only Meeting)

Tuesday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

Video Conferencing (Zoom):
To join Zoom Meeting, follow this link:
https://churchofjesuschrist.zoom.us/j/92409441561?pwd=MTkvMU11UEhTclhLb21ycDE0M2lqdz09
Meeting ID: 924 0944 1561
Passcode: 106400

Phone Call-in:
1-669-900-6833
Access code– 924 0944 1561
Phone meeting. Please announce your first name only upon entry.


Wednesday Afternoon

General Addiction, 15th & Washington – General Addiction
Ogden, Utah, UNITED STATES
NOTE: There are 2 Wednesday meetings–afternoon and evening–at 15th & Washington:

Wednesday 12:00 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

Wednesday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English


Wednesday Evening

General Addiction, Ogden YSA 1st Stake – General Addiction
4600 Taylor Ave. (south-east of the Dee Events Center) Ogden, Utah, UNITED STATES

Wednesday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

General Addiction, Rocky Mountain Junior High – General Addiction
4500 West 4800 South, Hooper Utah, UNITED STATES

Wednesday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

General Addiction, 15th & Washington – General Addiction
Ogden, Utah, UNITED STATES
NOTE: There are 2 Wednesday meetings–afternoon and evening–at 15th & Washington:

Wednesday 12:00 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

Thursday Evening

General Addiction, Weber High Seminary – General Addiction
Pleasant View Utah 84414-1496, UNITED STATES

Thursday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English


General Addiction, Bonneville High Seminary – General Addiction
Washington Terrace, Utah, UNITED STATES

Thursday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English


Sunday Evening

General Addiction, Weber High Seminary – General Addiction
Pleasant View Utah 84414-1496, UNITED STATES

Sunday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English

General Addiction, Ogden High Seminary – General Addiction
Ogden Utah 84403-0402, UNITED STATES

Sunday 7:30 pm MDT
–Those who Struggle with Addiction
–Men and Women
–English


There are literally hundreds of ARP meetings every week (nearly 300 weekly call-in/teleconference meetings currently listed just in the United States and Canada). Some are for general addiction recovery, others are more specific to particular addiction issues. In addition to the “co-ed” meetings, there are men-only and women-only meetings. You will find separate family-support meetings for those with addicted loved ones. There are also meetings available every day of the week, and at different times of the day.


If the Ogden-area meetings listed on this page are not a good match for your particular needs or schedule, please go to the “Find a Meeting” page for church-wide listings. Click on the “phone meetings” radio button, enter your location (city or zip code), and explore the options.

“The Atonement of Jesus Christ does not just provide a way to clean up messes; it provides the purpose and desire to avoid making more messes. The Atonement doesn’t allow us to ignore our appetites or pretend they don’t matter, but to educate and elevate them.”
–Brad Wilcox
THE CONTINUOUS ATONEMENT

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Husband. Father. Grandfather. Uncle. Son. Pro Musician. Artist. Pro Driver. Mormon. And...recovering alcoholic. Now as a professional Addiction Peer Support Specialist, I share my story at ChangeOfHeart.LIFE, facilitate 12-step meetings for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, and work for Davis Behavioral Health at their Addiction Treatment Receiving Center.


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