This course is designed to help family members and churches combat an epidemic. Dr. Lloyd Sederer, chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, calls substance addiction “America’s most neglected disease.” CASA, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse states that 40 million Americans age 12 and over are addicted to alcohol or drugs (including nicotine) — and that only 1 in 10 adults receive treatment for their addictions.
In this course, Jonathan Benz a certified substance abuse counselor and a pastor, author, and public speaker, discusses ways to recognize the signs of addiction — and what to do once you realize that a loved on is struggling with addiction. He emphasizes that shame has no place in recovery — either for the addicted person or for his or her family. Instead of blaming themselves, he argues, families should think about how best to move forward, using the resources available in their churches and communities to help their loved one escape the painful grip of addiction.
This course is ideal for churches that want to reach out to addicted members within their communities and for people struggling with substance addiction and their families.