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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Every Thursday night, 400 to 500 people from all walks of life gather to share their stories at Recovery at Cokesbury, an amazing ministry in Knoxville, Tenn., based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  All people -- regardless of their sobriety, familiarity with the 12 Steps, or experience with Christianity -- are invited for a...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

While the Hollywood award season may wow us with extraordinary glamour, the real surprise among this year’s top films may be in the ordinary dysfunction found in the film August: Osage County. Some viewers may find their own family secrets played out by the fictional Weston family, led by Violet, the matriarch plagued by...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So many questions may emerge when discussing August: Osage County. Here are some possibilities.

·       How do the various characters react to the prayer at the holiday dinner?

Monday, December 23, 2013

A deep sense of shame often shrouds the life of an addict. Yet given the freedom to share those feelings in a safe, receptive environment with others, can lead to healing and wholeness for people struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anyone battling an alcohol and drug addiction will tell you that when you’re in recovery you must take one day at a time. There will be good days and deeply challenging days when you’ll need a quiet place to sit, meditate, listen, and heal.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The holidays can present a host of challenges for individuals battling with alcoholism and other addictions. Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hazelden, offers a commentary on DrugFree.org on tips in combating challenging situations and dealing with holiday stress.

To read the commentary, click...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Youth in Zambia are welcoming the fight against substance abuse. In September and October, SPSARV of Zambia held workshops where 175 passionate young people learned about the effects of substance abuse and asked questions to clarify any misconceptions about alcohol and drugs.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We're thrilled that Scott Parrish, a United Methodist clergy and blogger from Augusta, Ga., featured SPSARV on his blog, "Kudzu Life". Scott leads the Outreach and Mission Ministries at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church and is...

Monday, December 9, 2013

I’m an avid soccer fan and regularly attend soccer matches at a newly constructed modern stadium in Ndola, the third largest city in Zambia, a landlocked country in Central Africa. Each time I attend a soccer match, I’ve been shocked to see so many young people abusing drugs. Some were even publicly smoking “Dagga”, also...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Too many United Methodists are affected by alcohol and drug addictions, but are suffering in silence – often alone – in our church pews. More than a third of United Methodists have struggled with their own or a loved one’s substance abuse.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Summer is an amazing time for children to experience outdoor adventure and learn new activities like arts and crafts, drama, cooking, hiking and sports. It’s no different for children attending a summer camp organized by Grace United Methodist Church in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Rev. Grian Hollies-Maxwell

Drug addiction is real and is still on the rise. The community where my congregation Solomon Community Temple United Methodist Church is located in urban Milwaukee has experienced generations of crack addicts. Many crack addicts eventually land in prison. Through our prison and outreach ministries, my church is in ministry with them to break...

Monday, October 14, 2013

The second annual National “Above the Influence” Day will be observed on October 17 to celebrate youth who have steered away from alcohol and other drugs, as well as recognize the power of prevention efforts in local communities. The special observance...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

SPSARV is helping United Methodist churches to learn how to help our members who are afflicted with a substance abuse problem or who have a loved one with a problem.

Perhaps the best way to start is to learn all you can about Alcoholics Anonymous.

While there are many ways for substance abusers to become sober, perhaps the best...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In its new direction, SPSARV emphasizes that our United Methodist congregations are uniquely situated to be nurturing, supportive environments for individuals and family members who are impacted by substance abuse and addiction. 

More than a third of United Methodists have struggled with their own or a loved one’s substance...

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