The ever-increasing drug epidemic is taking the world by storm. Drug overdose has become one of the leading causes of death in America. Unfortunately, it has become a sad reality that has a significant impact on not only the addict but on friends and family members as well.
In many areas, local officials have begun to reach out to various religious organizations for help. It is their hope that these organizations can reach out to those most in need and help to turn their lives around. Involving churches takes a cultural approach that just may be able to appeal to and reach some that may not otherwise have a breakthrough.
Churches have the ability to pool their resources with their congregations, other churches, and the community to help reach out to those locally who may be struggling with drug addiction. It is highly possible that many addicts would respond to the outreach for help if it comes from people locally that they feel they can trust and rely on.
Religious organizations can also put together local community events to bring parents and children together in a positive atmosphere to provide them with meals and other essential items they may need. Consistency is indeed vital when reaching out to those in need. It will help to build a trusting relationship.
A church is not only an organization doing good to spread their beliefs or religion, but they are also a vast network of people. This can prove to be successful in helping people find jobs, homes, transportation, education, and so much more.
A big part of addressing the problem needs to start with youth. Many of these young people come from broken or troubled homes. They have a hard time believing in hope and that there really are good people out there. Making an effort to show them that there indeed are kind and genuine people is what needs to be done.
Many churches put together programs for the youth to get them involved in their organization. This is a great way to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. It gives them something to look forward to, something to believe in while spreading God’s word. One such organization making a huge impact is the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God USA with a growing presence around the country and an intensive outreach program that should be a model for others to follow.
It is important for the churches to remain vigilant. There are times when they will be faced with opposition in many situations when reaching out.
The war on drugs is far from over and something that is continuously growing. Each small step is a step in the right direction to take back our society and do good for all people. It may seem that the fight is hopeless at times, but in reality, it has the potential to be very successful.
Perhaps you are reading this and are in need of help with addiction yourself. If this is the case, I encourage you to reach out to your local church. They have the means and the resources to get you the help that you need to take control of your life and your future.