It is estimated that “almost 21 million
Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment.”
What is Addiction?
When many people hear the word “addiction”, they immediately think of a person who has a drug problem. And while that is true, that is only one of many ways that people fight addiction every day.
An article entitled “Are These Seven Things Really as Addictive as Drugs
” states the following, “When you think about addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn’t limited to these substances. Humans can become addicted to anything that has the potential to relieve stress or discomfort—especially if the gratification is immediate.”
The hard truth is that anyone can succumb to addiction, including Christians. Whether it’s an addiction to pain killers after surgery, a porn addiction, or a food addiction….it’s a complex topic that is not widely tackled in faith communities.
I Need Help
If only 10% of 21 million seek help, where do the other 19 million go to find hope, help, and peace in the midst of their battle? Apparently, if the stats are correct, they go nowhere. They hide in the dark recesses of their minds or their homes, remaining hidden in shame and silence about the battle raging inside.
What an amazing opportunity for the church—OUR CHURCH—to be a light in the dark when it comes to these challenges. We know there is a Rescuer who is available 24/7 to help anyone who asks. He wants to enter into those dark places, and He calls us to minister with Him to those who are hurting. Many family members and friends want to help, but don’t know where to start. We want to equip and educate our community and congregation on how to access help, find resources and support, and know how to care for those who are facing hard and complicated situations.
Starting in October, Bethel Church will begin hosting a quarterly faith-based training called “Equipped to Care.
” These trainings are centered around difficult topics related to mental health issues, so we are better equipped to enter into those dark places, bringing hope and help to those who are hurting.
Popular Christian music artist Lauren Daigle released a new single, Rescue
in July. In a recent television interview, Daigle told the story behind the lyrics she wrote, saying: “I wrote Rescue with a loved one in mind, so that makes this one of the most personal songs I’ve ever been a part of. I remember getting this vision about a girl who was caught in a really desperate situation. She was running to all these vices in order to find just an element of hope. And then in came Jesus. And instead of judging her for some of the actions she had chosen that were really painful and difficult, He sat with her in the midst of it all, and He didn’t try to fix her, He just was with her.”
Equipped to Care
Your church wants to “be with you” if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction. Jesus cares for you and He’s here to help. Bethel’s first “Equipped to Care” will be held on October 12th from 3-6pm on the topic of “Addiction.”
At this event, we will hear from keynote speaker Heather Kolb, a Neuroscience Professional who has decades of faith-based experience as an author, speaker, and adjunct professor in the field of neuroscience and addiction. The training costs $10 and childcare is available for an additional fee. Email email@example.com for questions.
If you want to talk to a counselor or a pastor, contact us here
and someone will reach out.