We are currently going through a huge epidemic with substance use in America. I wrote an article recently for Key Ministry on updated statistics with regards to mental health and substance in America and one stat that was super concerning was that 89.8% of people with a substance use diagnosis (i.e. it is causing them mild to severe impairment in their life) is not engaged in any kind of treatment. That includes hospitalization, rehab, outpatient, ER services, self-help groups, or having a primary care physician.

The question is, are we looking at addiction wrong?

The insight below actually started out as an idea but is currently being significantly researched. We need to make sure this works for all people groups before immediately applying it as an evidence-based treatment, but people are hopeful this may be an effective way.

And where does the Church stand in all of this? We are a huge community that if we can change our culture to decide to help people in addiction, we could help change the entire face of the planet. 18 million people are not in treatment and suffering because of addiction, let’s see how we as the Church can help.

Published by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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