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Is Our Congregation Ready?
Does what works with communities apply to congregations?
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA’s) Community Readiness for Drug Abuse Prevention: Issues, Tips and Tools says that “Community readiness is the extent to which a community is adequately prepared to implement a drug abuse prevention program. A community must have the support and commitment of its members and the needed resources to implement an effective prevention effort. Because community readiness is a process, factors associated with it can be objectively assessed and systematically enhanced.”
It is also necessary to build readiness and capacity to establish an effective, sustainable congregational team to provide prevention and recovery support activities. Building a team effort takes time and training. Starting a new ministry or service in a congregation takes thoughtful planning and preparation.
How children grieve and how the child’s experience differs from the adult’s grieving process.
Special challenges for families who have lost someone due to overdose, such as shame, isolation and anger.
Coping with the loss of a child, while caring for a grieving grandchild.
Personal stories of coping and finding meaning in the tragedy.
Resources and support available to help.
The workshop will offer hope for those suffering from the family disease of addiction
1. Explore how addiction affects family members
2. Determine what role one has in an intergenerational family
3. Discuss family dynamic where wife/daughter is showing symptoms of addiction
4. Intervention Strategies
5. Family member support group model
TARGET AUDIENCE: All family members concerned about a loved one
GOAL PROJECT WORKSHOPS ARE FREE
1. Effects of substances on the Brain & Physical Body
2. Behavioral, Psychological, Social and Spiritual Characteristics of Substance Abuse
3.Family Member Behavior and Characteristics that Provide Clues
4. Treatment Options & Resources
TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL THOSE WHO SEEK INFORMATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER SOMEONE IS SUFFERING FROM THE MISUSE OF SUBSTANCES. COMMUNITY MEMBERS, CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, SENIOR CENTERSFind out more »
The evening will focus on heart wounds and areas of pain that fuel addiction rather than focusing on the actions of the one caught in the snare of addiction. It will highlight the role of the individual, congregation and community in a continuum of care for overcoming the negative impacts of addiction.
1. Inform and equip individuals, caregivers and congregations to walk with persons caught in the snare of addiction.
2. To encourage community and seek involvement in response to awareness of the need
3. To propose several avenues of congregational involvement with families and all persons impacted by addiction..
4. Recognize the need for a continuum of care with a role for the congregation and community.