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10 June 2015

Training churches to respond to drug and alcohol addiction

Training churches to respond to drug and alcohol addiction

Abusing substances can lead to family breakdown and child neglect, homelessness, crime, debt, and long-term unemployment, said the Centre For Social Justice (CSJ) in their September 2013 publication NO QUICK FIX - Exposing the depth of Britain's drug and alcohol problem.

From its impact on children through to consequences for those in later life, addiction destroys lives, wrecks families and blights communities.

Tackling these problems is essential to achieving social justice and improving the lives of the most disadvantaged.'

Life for the World'smission is to enhance addiction treatment and recovery through quality addictions training and project support, particularly in partnership with local Churches and Christian community projects.

With 48 years of experience in the field of addiction, the Trust continues to journey and adapt in terms of its own understanding of recovery from addiction, and the role of the local Church in an addict's rehabilitation.

This initially started in residential rehabilitation, and has subsequently moved into training and equipping at a local church level. With this in mind, that organisation has developed and launched three new Living-Recovery training packages:

  • Structured Day Recovery Franchise - giving churches and Christian projects the necessary tools, support and training to establish a structured day recovery programme in their own localities.
  • Volunteer Work with Vulnerable People - equipping volunteers in church settings or Christian projects, where they are likely to encounter people with addictive behaviour.
  • Family Support Group Training Package - equipping churches to establish support groups for the families and friends of addicts.

As the newest training package, Life for the World are excited by the potential of the Family Support Package to enable Christians to meet the needs of family members, who are often the hidden victims of addiction.

The CSJ report highlights: "Addiction is not just a problem affecting individuals, but is driving families apart. The ramifications of addiction within the family often involves: erratic behaviour;concern about the addict's health, both physical and mental;worry over the financial impact that the addiction is having on the family;the limiting of social life for the family;and, implications of ultimate family breakdown.

"The emotions often associated with addiction within the family can include anxiety, worry, depression, helplessness, anger and guilt.'

Millions of people are impacted in the UK:

  • It's estimated that 1.5 million adults are affected by the drug addiction of a relative. Many more are impacted by the alcohol abuse of a relative.
  • One in seven under-ones (110,000) lives with a substance abusing parent.
  • More than one in five of all children (2.6 million) live with a parent who drinks hazardously.
  • The problem is urgent, children of problematic drug users are seven times more likely to grow up with drug and alcohol problems themselves.

Life for the World believe that churches are uniquely placed to reach out to people in their communities who are struggling in this area. For this reason, the organisation is taking to the road in 2015, to put on six Living-Recovery Roadshows across the UK, to highlight the wide range of different training and support packages we can offer.

The evenings are free, and open to anyone who is interested. The evenings will include:

  •  a chance to hear about the work of Living-Recovery.
  •  an opportunity to meet our team and network with one another over coffee and cake.
  •  a chance to hear about new developments in the addiction field.

Details of the first two events in June are 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Finish around 9.30pm.

Venue: St Thomas' Church Philadelphia, 6 Gilpin Street, Sheffield, S6 3BL.
Date:  Wednesday 17th June 2015.
Kerith, Bracknell
Venue: The Kerith Centre, Church Rd, Kerith, Bracknell, RG12 1EH.
Date:  Wednesday 24th June 2015.

For more information, or to book a place, please e-mail info@eauk.org or call 0113 2571740.