To experience social pleasure. What may begin as curiosity can quickly accelerate into addiction, especially if certain other factors are present. Most of us think this will never happen to us or someone we love, but what do we see in Scripture? One day Job had it all — health, wealth and a robust family.
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Why us? Why now? Shame and stigma Much attention has been given to the opioid crisis in our country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse , more than people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids every single day. Moreover, the rate of opioid overdose is increasing every year in our own state. There is often shame and stigma associated with drug addiction. People are ashamed to admit that they are an addict or a family member is an addict.
While some addictions begin through experimentation, others begin with a prescription from a doctor.
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Parker never used or experimented with drugs in high school. But at age 19, he suffered a traumatic event that left him with post traumatic stress disorder PTSD , which was treated with a medication.
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Parker also began to experiment with pills and alcohol to deal with anxiety related to PTSD. He fought a battle many did not see and a fight many did not understand. Parker lost his battle but his war is won.
Major life blows teach us things about others, about ourselves and about God. Back to the Book of Job. Even after his great suffering and loss, Job worshipped God. But, after the truth became evident, the Stephensons were greatly supported by their pastor and small group. So how did Parker want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as someone who put God and his family first, someone who worked to live, not lived to work.
I have been so close to death, I could see the other side. My grandfather has shown me through his actions that death is not something to be feared but when my time comes, I want to be remembered for the right reasons.
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I want to live a life worth living. I have been given the opportunity of redemption and, through God, I have been redeemed. I am aware of the Stephenson family through a mutual friend. This article is a huge blessing, very well done. I wanted to share that for the last 8 years I have led a ministry — called One Step — that provides the type of faith-based assistance for addicts and their families that is so needed in our community.
We have been deeply blessed by the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people God has led our way. One Step operates as a non-profit. We do however meet here at the church weekly, Thursday evenings from — pm. One Step meetings are open to anyone who cares to come.
Although we provide counsel to folks dealing with a variety of traumatic issues, our largest demographic consists of folks seeking to overcome addictions. Addicts and their families often attend together. Thank you for your kind comments. View Comments 15 Add Comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
Better Check The Numbers. November 25, The Illinois Treasurer is boasting about success of Illinois' new retirement program. His numbers actually show it's a failure. View Comments 13 Add Comment. Leaving Illinois for Alabama November 25, Alabama is attracting many Illinoisans because parts of the state are booming in jobs, investment and population. More than 29, Illinoisans have moved to Alabama since , according to U. Across the country communities are finding new and innovative solutions to the ongoing drug epidemic.
Allocating funding for treatment and support can transform lives. Some insurance plans cover addiction treatment, but not all. And the coverage is limited. Additional federal and local resources could help bridge the gap and allow more people to access treatment.