A Home Mission assisting faith-based organizations to be a resource for addiction/recovery in their communities.
Our mission and vision
We realize that we are all imperfect, broken and in need of love, guidance and God’s grace so we can soar into the lives that He has created for us. For some of us and those we love—that brokenness has become being trapped by an addiction of any kind: substances, porn, gambling, food, etc. Faithing Addiction exists to offer a connection in our communities based in faith and spiritual values and principles:
- To support those who are in need and struggling with addiction, as well as their families, friends and loved ones.
- To offer resources, guidance and spiritual connection on their journey of recovery as well as the same for families and loved ones, strengthening their foundation of a new life.
- To offer education, prevention and awareness for the faith-based organization, as well as the community, focusing on reaching our youth.
- To assist those in recovery to soar to new heights of self-worth, purpose, spiritual growth and service to God and others as well as 0ngoing life skills development and guidance.
Faithing Addiction will help any faith-based organization initiate, strengthen or expand a recovery/addictions ministry. We will offer inspirational and educational presentations to engage your faith-based congregation and local community and bring awareness and sense of purpose to the cause. We will continue with ongoing support through written materials, webinars, recovery coach/peer support training, films, workshops and many other tools and resources. We seek to serve our faith-based communites in building these ministries, so they can be a source of hope; so they can bring awareness, understanding and compassion and healing to their congregations and communities. Addiction is a growing epidemic; the battle is overwhelming with traditional resources all very limited.
“There are two battles in recovery: breaking free…and staying free. Neither addiction or recovery are individual efforts. The church is God’s support group.”
Addiction is a disease, and affects the spirit as much as the physical self. It’s a spiritual problem. Spiritual problems need spiritual solutions. Faith based communities want to help, but often aren’t sure how…or what to do to fully use their resources and provide the best solutions for their communities. Faithing Addiction partners with these faith-based organizations and will help find in implement the solutions needed.
- 5 million Americans over the age of 12 battle with addiction of some kind.
- 12% of surveyed clergy reported having any education or training on addictions or recovery pathways in seminary or initial training. (over 80% had NO exposure to addiction/recovery training
- 94% of clergy consider addiction to be an important issue
- 38% of clergy find that alcohol/substance abuse is present in over half the family problems they deal with in their congretation—that they are aware of
- 64,000 reported overdose deaths in 2016, up 21% from 2015. More deaths than occurred in Vietnam. 30% of these deaths were persons under the age of 35%
- 54% of 12th graders are already using alcohol. 32% are smoking; 14% are already using marijuana.
How can faith based organizations help?
As the addiction epidemic grows, funding is cut, resources dwindle and there are less treatment beds available as well as a shortage of addiction professionals available to staff those facilities, it is up to the peer support organziations, grass roots organizations and faith-based communities to step in and help. Churches and other faith-based groups are called to be sources of hope, healing and show compassion and love. Faith-based communities are made up of an abundance of caring people with a multitude of gifts, talents and skill sets.
Addiction doesn’t have to win or claim more lives. Outreach, compassion, care and community can prevail.
Chains fall. Lives healed. Hope found.
You can help spread the hope.
Faith organizations are highly esteemed in their communities and are in the perfect position to be a caring, consistent and comprehensive resource to help change and prevent the affects of addiction: through faith and the spiritual principles and practices we embrace and practice in our congregations. Faithing Addiction is not only a outreach ministry adopted and adaptable for individual churches, we are also a home mission seeking to assist at risk churches and those communities be a resource for recovery and become stregthened and flourish in the process. We are a ministry planting movement.
Faithing Addiction is a grass roots, home mission seeking to serve and reach as many faith-based communities as possible. We need your support to continue to reach these communities in need. We are a 501c3 organization.
Your support or love offering of any amount is gratefully appreciated.