Addiction Recovery

He Came To Himself

Lesson 6

I have intermingled my notes and favorite quotes from this talk.

“Though choices may have taken you far from the Savior and His Church, the Master Healer stands at the road that leads home, welcoming you.”

“Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s [atoning sacrifice] shines.”

I do not pretend that coming back is an easy thing to do. I can testify of that. It may, in fact, be the toughest choice you will ever make.

But I bear witness that the moment you decide to return and walk in the way of our Savior and Redeemer, His power will enter your life and transform it.”

I have noticed addicts that succeed work the 12 steps, especially the first 4. Much like the prodigal son, they come to themselves. They finally admit their life is unmanageable, that they need God and they need to change. 

“But the hunger, loneliness, and remorse simply wouldn’t go away—until “he came to himself.”11

He knew what he needed to do.”

If you know what you need to do, and yet fail, take heart. You are not alone.

“And so will we, your family in Christ. After all, we know what it’s like to be a prodigal. We all rely daily on the same atoning power of Christ. We know this path, and we will walk with you.”

Expect the path to include hardship.

“No, our path will not be free from grief, sorrow, or sadness.”

I love how he spoke of all the reasons the prodigal had not to change, and yet things didn't get better until he set aside his reasons not to change. Let go of those reasons, and like him, take the journey home.

Some of the prodigals character flaws:

  • Self sufficiency (Never needing anyone else) Especially not God or his family

  • Pride / Can’t be wrong

  • Image Management - “Confess to his village that he had squandered his inheritance? Face the neighbors who surely had warned him that he was disgracing his family and breaking his parents’ hearts? Return to his old friends after boasting of how he was breaking free?”

Can you relate to these character flaws? I know I can relate.

“It wasn’t just an empty stomach that troubled him. It was an empty soul. He had been so sure that giving in to his worldly desires would make him happy, that moral laws were obstacles to that happiness. Now he knew better. And oh, what a price he had to pay for that knowledge!”

For me, I have found that I used multiple things to escape from my feelings and fill that empty hole inside me with anything other than God. And I never found happiness in these escapes.

When we admit our faults we can and only then progress past our flaws controlling us.

“I have sinned against both heaven and you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. All I ask is that you take me in as a hired servant.”

The depths of his willingness to change was made evident in his words.  He was humble, teachable, stripped of pride, he was offering up his whole self. The scriptures talk of this state as offering up a broken heart and a contrite spirit. 

A first step and taking it is the way in 12 step that we show our willingness to change.

Action Items

  • Consider working the steps to identify your flaws so you can progress.
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