The Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery is not an easy road but there are people, organizations and churches waiting to help. The Founders of Recovery Roads Ministries John and Bridget Lippard have been in long term recovery for 37+ years, their road to recovery was faith-based so for them this was the answer. According to Benjamin Burks, Director of RU Recovery Ministries that over 400 studies have been conducted on the role of faith in addiction recovery and these studies have found a success rate of 40%-60% in most faith-based programs. This is significantly higher than the success rate of programs that do not incorporate faith or spirituality into their programs.*
* http://www.worldreligionnews.com/faith-in-recovery/faith-recovery-pt-12-faith-based-addiction-recovery-quick-facts-infographic https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2943841/
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
70,237 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017
That is 192 Individuals a Day!!!
On October 26, 2017 President Trump declared a National Public Health Emergency due to the Opioid Crisis and the National Public Health Emergency is still in effect today.
Seeking Help for the Road to Recovery
If you are seeking help….please call
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. The referral service is free of charge. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.
What Families can do to help Loved Ones in Active Addiction
Your Not Alone!!
Parents with a child addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can find hope in a support program called Parents of Addicted Loved-ones (PAL). PAL meetings are open to anyone of any faith or background as our primary goal is to provide hope through education and support for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. https://palgroup.org/
When friends and family show that they care, it can help people stick with treatment, even when it’s very hard. If you’re an adult, there are many things you can do to help someone in treatment.*
- Find them treatment services and information.
- Offer rides to treatment and support groups.
- Remind them to take any medicine their doctor gives them.
- Help them find a place to live, if they need one.
- Help them get a job, if they need one.
- Find things to do that will take their mind off drugs.
- Help them avoid places and people that might tempt them to take drugs again.
- Talk with them about their feelings and drug cravings.
- Be understanding if they relapse, and help them get back into treatment quickly.
What Churches can do to help Those who are Seeking the Road to Recovery
This is a Harvest Field!!!
Matthew 9:35-38 (MSG)
35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, His heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to His disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse* states that “addiction is an illness, just as heart disease and cancer are illnesses. An addiction is not a weakness. It does not mean someone is a bad person. People from all backgrounds can get an addiction. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor. It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter if you went to college or not. An addiction can happen to anyone and at any age.”
And just like any disease or illness there is hope for healing, through Jesus Christ.
An addiction is a brain disorder.
- Drugs can change how the brain works.
- The brain changes can last for a long time.
- The changes can cause problems with a person’s behavior. People with a drug addiction might be moody, have memory loss, or even have trouble thinking and making decisions.
How can the Church help?
Why Recovery Road Ministries?
Recovery Road Ministries was founded to bridge the gap between those seeking recovery for themselves and/or families who are dealing with addiction and the resources available to them, that they are NOT alone in this struggle that there are people, organizations and churches waiting to help.