Addiction

Pastors urge diligence, awareness as drug overdose deaths hit record

"Through a 12-month period ending in April, the CDC said, nearly 98,000 drug overdose deaths had been reported...Two primary factors drive that increase: a rise in the availability of fentanyl and isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic." - BPNews 

Related: There’s No Good Plan to Stop 100,000 Opioid Deaths a Year

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What the Church Can Do About the Alcohol-Related Death Epidemic

"While the church has more to offer an addict, even many Christians turn to 12-step programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous). Why? According to Dunnington, one reason is that churches aren’t calling people to confess their sins or admit they are sinners" - TGC

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The Good Addiction

One of the things that always amuses me about being a pastor’s wife is that people think they have to be careful around me. As if I have a delicate condition that can’t handle the realities of the world. In order to protect me, they shuffle, they fumble, they apologize and then use euphemisms to describe situations that I could paint in living color. What they don’t understand is that, behind this genteel exterior, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the brokenness, heard the sobs, and felt the ache of a creation waiting for redemption. In this kind of work, you lose your innocence pretty quickly.

Those who haven’t probably aren’t doing their jobs.

The other amusing thing is how quickly my conversations with my pastor-husband turn from the prosaic to the profound. One moment we’re discussing the rotation of children’s workers, and the next we’re talking about how to apply the realities of theosis to counseling.

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