At the end the narrator says: "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection."
We agree with this statement but would take it a step further in regards to a Best Practice for Healthcare: "The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is reconciliation with God as evidenced by a loving relationship with Him and with others." ~GGA
There is a significant gap between a person's rehabilitation and the faith community. So, how do we build a bridge?
A 2015 study published in the National Institute of Health demonstrated that spirituality and positive community support significantly reduced the number of relapses.
Everyone is hurting from something in life. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, as many as 90% of those addicted do not seek professional help.
The church must reach them where they are.
God comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we've received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
Our trials and suffering are not meant to be kept to ourselves, but used to walk alongside others as they become reconciled to God.
As you know, the drug epidemic in our nation has resulted in too many lives lost and many homes broken by it's crippling effects. Addiction is wide spread and non-biased as we see all races, genders, social economic standing and denominations impacted.
Our community faith leaders believe now is the time to lock arms and work together on a collective impact model that will help deliver people from substance abuse and this effort begins with the #LoveEpidemic.
The vision for The #LoveEpidemic Collaborative was birthed by a group of stakeholders within the faith community who began to dream about what it could look like for everyone of faith to come together to fight the addiction epidemic in our city.
Representatives: Marisa Maxey, Stacy Yeager, Pastor Greg Delaney
Greater Good Ambassadors mission is to unite God’s good works to improve the quality of healthcare delivery for the greater good of all people.
Representative: Danius Williams
Ignite Our City was built to transform our city and the hearts of people to know Christ. Their mission is to help people, help people.
Representative: Pastor Lorie Rees
Vineyard Columbus is a community of disciples who experience God, love one another, and partner with Christ to heal the world. Together with the Vineyard Community Center, Vineyard Columbus places a high priority on partnering with other community organizations to meet the felt needs in our community as one of the primary ways we live out this mission within the City of Columbus.
Representative: Chad Kelly
Freedom Recovery strives to help those that are burdened, overwhelmed and enslaved by addiction to be freed from its bondage through counseling, education, accountability and by the grace of God.
Nov. 9th, 2017 Kickoff Conference- Please follow this link to the LoveEpidemic Event Recap Guide which provides the results to the instant poll attendees participated in and also some great memories from the event!
If you are interested in following along with what we're doing, please click on the following link for more information. #LoveEpidemic-Franklin County Next Steps Gathering Recap. Thank you for coming!
This meeting will be laying the foundation of dividing the county into quadrants and resource searching. If you have a desire to get involved, we definitely need you at the table! Please register here: #LoveEpidemic Planning II
Ignite Our City is a vital resource in the #LoveEpidemic and is the hub for connecting the passion of the giver and need of the receiver. If you are feeling called to make an impact within your community through serving or would like to connect your organization with volunteers, please click here for more information.
Although not comprehensive, here are a list of opportunities the faith community can take into consideration when equipping their congregations.
The #LoveEpidemic Faith Community Collaborative embodies the belief that we are created in mind, body, and spirit and all aspects should be treated, not separately, but holistically and equally. We also believe that there are many equal partners and that not one person is to get credit individually, but God, Himself. However, He has given us each a piece of the puzzle, regardless of our beliefs, to heal our communities.