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September: A Busy Recovery Month for GOAL Locally & Globally

While members of the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance(LCRA) prepare for Recovery Day on Sunday, August 28th in Lancaster, PA with pre-baseball game recovery walk, exhibits and speeches, the members of the Uganda Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Initiative (UADARI) are preparing for a Town Hall meeting and recovery walk on Saturday, September 10 in Kampala.

After several workshops to train in Recovery Houses, Recovery coaches and Advocacy, led by David Whiter with staff from the Uganda Christian University counseling department and support from the Church of Uganda, Ugandans now are on the forefront of providing hope and support for those affected by alcohol and other drug misuse, a leading factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, Tom and Ellen Zamaria from Woodbridge, VA, are preparing, with the guidance of Terry Webb, to join the recovery group in Uganda and to bring their experienced service to help sustain and expand recovery support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, during 2016 Recovery Month.

On September 30th, LCRA will sponsor, with GOAL’s assistance and funding from the Lancaster County D&A Commission, a workshop in Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) led by Lonnetta Albright and Dr. David Whiters. Five Recovery Coach training scholarships will be offered.

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  1. Healing from the Family Disease of Addiction

    October 8 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm

    Healing from the Family Disease of Addiction A 12 HOUR TRAINING SPREAD OVER 3-DAYS DESIGNED TO EQUIP PASTORS, CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBERS, AND COUNSELORS: • EXAMINE CODEPENDENT FAMILY ISSUES AND ROLES • ABUSE, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS AND IMPACT • PREPARING FAMILY STORIES FOR HEALING • CARING ABOUT VS CARE TAKING • FAMILY MEMBER SUPPORT GROUPS • […]

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See GOAL in action

See GOAL in action in Uganda. This video depicts our team working in the field to teach about opiate addiction.

The Problem

The Disease of Addiction knows no national boundaries. Alcohol is the most prevalent substance of abuse. Heroin and pain pill misuse and addiction take second place. Uganda has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol. 79% of households in Africa consume alcohol, most of it brewed or distilled illegally, five to seven times per week. 57% of women bear the responsibility for drinking spouses.

In Kenya, according to a 2011 NACADA study, ADA (Alcohol and Drug Addiction) causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and TB. 17.2% of respondents in a recent alcohol and drug abuse and HIV infection study in Nairobi (7/2012) reported that they drink alcohol and had been forced or forced someone to have sex while drunk. 15.7% of those didn’t use condoms in non-consensual sex because they did not remember.

The Solution

There are now Alcoholics Anonymous Groups in African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana. GOAL has been responsible for establishing or aiding in the formation of these groups. There are also 15 Narcotics Anonymous groups and over 61 meetings now registered in Egypt.

GOAL’s missionary addiction treatment and prevention specialists collaborate with the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC) to provide training and resources in Africa, Eastern Europe and other countries as well as in the USA.

The Action

  • GOAL collects and provides books and literature around the world to assist in addiction training and raising awareness.

  • GOAL trains and empowers community leaders, churches, and institutions with knowledge of the disease of addiction and on the 12-step program that alleviates this crippling disease.

  • GOAL holds conferences on addiction and its relationship to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

  • GOAL looks for more on-the-ground partnerships to confront the plaque of alcoholism and its concurrent disorders; HIV/AIDS, diabetes, liver diseases, hepatitis, chronic poverty, the break-up of family and societal life, unemployment, unwanted pregnancies, single parents, and abandoned children.

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