THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
God made us to live in community. For believers, community is the local church. The mission of Hope For Addiction is to help those who struggle with addiction to rebuild their lives (using practical tools and discipleship) and learn how to live as a new creation in Christ. The goal is integration into the local church. As part of our mission, we are educating the local church on the issue of addiction and how to care for and include people with addictions into their community.
America has been fighting the war on drugs for over a century. Below is a fascinating video explaining a research study done by Psychologist, Bruce Alexander in the 1970's. He created a "Rat Park," a sort of "heaven for rats" to show the need for community in the life of an addict. Like us, he wants people to think about addiction differently.
Addiction isolates and destroys. Community encourages and equips.
Click here to watch the 5 minute video
The need for community is a critical piece in the journey to sobriety. A growing sentiment in the recovery field is the recognition of the need for a “spiritual” component. The local church represents both. If we are going to make a lasting impact in the lives of people with addiction, we must educate the church and bridge this gap.
People are dying in the hopelessness of addiction and the church has the answer!
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42