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When Substances Control

Do you have a friend or loved one struggling with drugs or alcohol? Are you struggling? You’re definitely not the only one. Millions of people around the world have a problem with substance dependency. The good news? It’s possible to overcome drug and alcohol addictions and to begin living a fulfilling, healthy life. The resources below can get you started in the right direction.

Four Stages of Drug Addiction: Recognizing the Signs

What are the progressive stages of drug addiction, especially as it plays out in the life of a teenager? My oldest son has been exhibiting some strange behavior lately, and I'm worried that he may be getting involved with some form of drug abuse. Can you provide me with any helpful hints and clues?

Substance Abuse Recovery Program | Teen Challenge USA

Teen Challenge USA is a faith-based facility that helps individuals of all ages overcome life-controlling problems and addictions. View our site for more.

Lighthouse Network: Free drug abuse counseling helpline

The Lighthouse Network, provides a 24/7 helpline and online life-growth resources for those struggling with addiction or psychological issues. Through this service, we help them find peace, joy, and freedom.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.

If You Love an Alcoholic

Do you know an alcoholic? Studies show that nearly everyone in the United States has a friend or family member who struggles with alcohol addiction. About 10 percent of Americans are alcoholics and each of those 20 million people directly affects the lives of at least six others. So how can you help the person you love who is struggling with alcoholism?

Walter Hoving Home

Walter Hoving Home is a non-profit organization serving women ages 18 and over who have been involved in drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other life-controlling problems. The 6 or 12 month program is geared to rebuilding broken lives in an atmosphere of warmth, trust, support and love.

Offering Hope to Families Experiencing Drug Addiction (Part 1 of 2)

Mac Owen and his wife, Mary, discuss their turbulent past marked by his hard core drug addiction, and how they came to experience God's grace and healing, which has not only restored their lives but has led to a recovery ministry for addicts and their family members. (Part 1 of 2)

10 ways to help an addicted friend

Substance abuse takes many forms. Whether a person is struggling with prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco, the toll on the user and those around him or her is clear and often devastating.

Are you an addict?

It might have started with a doctor’s prescription, as a way to relax on the weekend, or as an attempt to escape life’s pain. But no matter how it started, now you can’t stop. Your first steps toward healing are admitting you have a problem and accepting that only God can bring you through the other side

Trapped - Mercy for Addictions

Mercy for Addictions An addiction is a life-controlling issue that only leads to death and destruction. Drugs, alcohol, and other substances may provide a temporary escape, but will leave you dependent on something that will never fulfill you.

Understanding Substance Abuse

Drug abuse affects almost every family in some way. There are often underlying reasons tied to why someone uses and abuses drugs. You are not alone. There is hope and help in overcoming substance abuse and addiction. Check out our free eBook for information and help to overcome substance abuse for you or how to help someone you know.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

The National Association for Christian Recovery

The NACR's primary purpose is to help the Christian community become a safer and more helpful place for people struggling with the most difficult of life's problems. We know how painful it is to feel like we are the only one who is struggling. We know how exhausting it is to pretend that things are OK. We aren't going to do that anymore. Join us as we sink our roots more deeply every day into the soil of God's love.

Troubled With - How Do I Tell My Parents?

In 16 years of directing a college counseling center, I saw hundreds of students struggling with depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and most anything else you can imagine. They all had something in common—none of them wanted to tell an adult.

Two Underused Strategies for Addiction

Each day there are more people enslaved by a broader array of substances and activities. To sexual obsessions, add illegal drugs, then the prescription narcotics, then gaming, and there are more to come. As the church, we want to draw out fresh insights from Scripture, and move toward the enslaved. Here are some strategies to help.

What Do Addicts Need from You?

If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.

Marijuana to the Glory of God?

As America legalizes the use of marijuana, the question becomes inescapable: Is it permissible for a Christian to use pot for recreational purposes?

How to Spot—and Help—an Addict in Church

Biblical counselor Mark Shaw explains how pastors and church leaders can identify and help those in the congregation with drugs or alcohol addictions.

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