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Step 4: Truth – Austin’s Story about Addiction Recovery

Step 4: Truth – Austin’s Story about Addiction Recovery

I never thought that
my actions would ever find their way to hurting
my family or the people that I loved. And now I was faced with
the very real prospect of that and more. I, at the time, was
robbing drug dealers because I thought, “They’re
never going to call the cops.” We started getting phone
calls from everybody that knew us with a lot
of fear in their voice. And we didn’t know why. There were people with
machine guns and Uzis and shotguns breaking into
everybody that we knew’s house and waking them up
in bed, demanding to know where we were. These people were armed, and
they were very dangerous. And they had a lot of
money to throw around and offered it for
any information as to where I was headed and
where my family was located. And I was running. The man who had put the
hit out on our heads, he had been in a car
accident and died himself. And we were informed that
we were safe to come home. I started drinking real heavily. I was ashamed of who I was. I was ashamed of what
I knew I was capable of and what I had done all my life. I thought an addict was
someone with no willpower that needed something, that needed to
depend on somebody or something in order to be OK. And that wasn’t me. I was the one-man army. I started trying on my
own, very hard, to quit. And after months of
that, I almost completely gave up because
I couldn’t do it. So I went to the bishop,
and he gave me the ARP, the addiction recovery
program manual. I learned a great deal. But again, I thought I
could do it on my own. Then he mentioned that there
were group meetings where people like me met together and
shared each other’s struggles. It’s very hard to describe the
empathy, the love, the honesty, the humility that you feel
when you walk into that group. They’ve all been there
to one degree or another. So I got through the first three
steps fairly well on my own. I got to step 4. I had no problem sitting
there and listing every fault that I had, but I didn’t
know what to do with that. But going through it
again with the sponsor was quite different
because they emphasize not just your weaknesses,
but also your strengths. And that was hard, because I
didn’t want to see the good. I accepted and I knew the bad. The fourth step helped me to see
the good that was always there. There was a lot of good. It was just hidden and
buried underneath substances and habits and years of
guilt, years of shame. I learned that I needed my God. I learned that I needed my
brothers and sisters around me. And every time I think that it
can’t get any better, it does. It keeps getting better. [MUSIC PLAYING]

30 thoughts on “Step 4: Truth – Austin’s Story about Addiction Recovery

  • AUSTIN… Are you kidding me?!? I had no idea. Your story is intense I am so glad the cartel never found you or hurt you. You and your wonderful wife have served and help change the lives of so many people in the program.
    With God you are one of the strongest soldiers in his army. Thank you for always fighting, suiting up and showing up.

  • Every descriptive word he shared about how it feels to walk into a group meeting is 100% true. It is the most loving and understanding atmosphere I know on planet Earth! 🙂

  • That seems like some plot out of a movie…Incredible! Jesus is Our Redeemer and He alone changes us to be His children.
    I agree with spank—I Love the gospel! I also agree that the recovery classes are like nothing else I've ever experienced. It's like the room gets warmer and brighter when the group begins. So much love and healing!

  • guys in recovery always say the robbed drug dealers, to sound tuff when the truth is they robbed old ladies and took money from women's pursues. I did and I'm ashamed but I'm not gonna lie about it and say I was this big tuff guy that robbed drug dealers.

  • Ashamed, I chose to drink
    Always, I was on the run
    And I just didn't think
    That it would hurt anyone
    I tried to quit on my own
    Then I sought the Bishop's hand
    I found I wasn't alone
    Now my life's something grand

  • I applaud this step to inventory our own truth.  Fearless! The power of the Why can be helpful to examine our positives. Ask yourself in the mirror and record your impressions:

    Why do I make people happy?
    Why do I have so many friends? 
    Why do my parents love me?
    Why am I greatly talented?
    Why am I original?
    Why do I believe in myself?
    Why am I beautiful?
    Why am I successful at work? 
    Why do I achieve so many goals? 
    Why does God love me?
    Why am I blessed?…

    List your favorite Whys…and discover your new story.

  • Sharon, thank you for sharing your story. I was on meth for five years. Today, I am two years, and two months sober, which means this video was posted one month before I got sober on September 21st, 2015. I am grateful for your message in this on step 3. Turning our will and our life over to the care of God was the only way we were able to finally and truly be free from the bondage of self. We learn to better do thy will with the steps, and I still am amazed that we have gotten this far in sobriety. One day at a time.

  • "people like me" met together– Get real, we (all people) are all the same we are all capable of addiction!! I really with people [in authority] would just stop using terms 'people like you—people like that I love the way my Bishop says it–"we all have problems just different ones

  • Who is the director of this wonderful video. Please anybody give me his or her name I am filmmaker and cameraman.

  • Love how these are real, raw and powerful!! We need more things like this in the church! Thank you so much for sharing these things!

  • very authentic movies: good job mormon channel. also, let’s hope the drug dealers never find him via this video ?

  • Only Jesus Christ can break bondages off of people, Satan is a defeeted Foe. The price was paid for at the cross, take it to the foot of Calvary and leave it there.

  • I have gone through step 4 a few times. One thing that I noticed that I have been forgetting to do is to go over the good things that I do as well. I am so encompassed by the guilt, that I forget about the good. God help me.

  • if anybody needs help with there step 4/5, or want to take a step 4/5, feel free to reach out at [email protected] Very liberating. My first time doing so, I was shaking from how afraid and ashamed I was. It was tough to verbalize my darkest secrets. But when you verbally share your dirt, somehow and someway, by letting it go out of your mouth, it helps to let it go out of your heart.

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