What is LDS Family Services?
LDS Family Services is an organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that provides help when emotional or social challenges arise. It provides help to those who are facing challenges or issues that many face in their daily lives, assistance to those facing an unplanned pregnancy or those who wish to adopt, and help for individuals who are facing addiction and those who have been affected by their addiction.
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Counseling and Resources
LDS Family services provides information about counseling services and a library full of articles dealing with social, emotional, and spiritual challenges, such as depression, marital problems, parent-child issues, and pornography.
A full list of topics can be found here.
Counseling ServicesLDS Family Services has 57 offices throughout the United States and 12 international offices in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Chile, and Brazil available to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. The professional counseling staff hold a master's degree in the behavioral sciences at a minimum.
More information is available here.
Birth Parents with Unplanned Pregnancy
LDS Family Services has created a website to assist birth parents with an unplanned pregnancy. This website provides information and options to assist birth parents in making their decision. Support is available from counselors and other birth parents who have had to make similar decisions.
Website available at: www.itsaboutlove.org
Addiction Recovery Program
If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, there is hope. Addiction recovery groups sponsored by LDS Family Services are available to help you and your loved ones overcome addictive behavior and more fully enjoy the blessings of Church participation.
Nature of AddictionsSome consider addictions simply as bad habits that can be conquered by willpower alone, but many people become so dependent on a behavior or a substance that they no longer see how to abstain from it. They lose perspective and a sense of other priorities in their lives.
As President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints taught: “Addiction has the capacity to disconnect the human will and nullify moral agency. It can rob one of the power to decide.”—"Revelation in a Changing World," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14
Types of Addictions
- Drugs (both prescription and illegal)
- Coffee and tea
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- Disorders associated with eating
Addiction Recovery Group MeetingsAll who suspect they may be addicted and have the smallest desire to break free are invited to join in addiction recovery support group meetings. Participation is free and confidential. Look up addiction recovery support groups or contact a local LDS Family Services agency for meeting times and locations.
Program Study Guides AvailableEven if you can’t attend one of these meetings, you may benefit from the program study guide. In the guide, the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been adapted into a framework of the doctrines, principles, and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing is available for download on the website, and is also available in audio format and in several other languages.