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As the 70 of us gathered at St George’s Church in Leeds for the annual UK conference of the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC), courage and unity filled the building. ISAAC represents Christian organisations working with those who suffer from substance abuse or addiction. There were also organisations there that focus on prevention, from Yeldall Manor and Jubilee Plus to Hope UK and Christians Against Poverty.

There was a sense of awe in the room, both by the amount of work still to do in this area and by what these various organisations manage to achieve. Perhaps the most powerful part of the...

We also heard about the power of community to break the chains of addiction, such as the work of Betel which plants churches for people seeking to be free of addiction. They live together, work...

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