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Friday, February 14, 2014
children in the playground
I am overly sensitive. I take things too personally. People have told me this.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kristin Kumpf shares ways to engage deeply with people passionate about recovery and overcoming addictions.

“So many youth are turning to drugs and alcohol,” Kristin says. “Let’s create a proactive and preventive environment.” 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Let us look forward to spring and summer together. Share the news that the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) would like to be with you at your annual conference.

There are people and families suffering from a loved one’s addiction in our congregations. One in five children is wounded...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Many are called to put their faith into action through service. The individual volunteer program of the General Board of Global Ministries provides opportunities for individuals and couples to serve in mission from two months to two years in a variety of ways and settings around the world.

Volunteers are needed for areas such as children...

Monday, February 3, 2014

My husband said that he felt sick to his stomach when he heard the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death due to an apparent drug overdose. As a fellow character actor, my husband admired Hoffman’s work – his ability to embody a unique character and express deep emotion.

Friday, January 31, 2014

We’d be surprised if you, a typical United Methodist reading this magazine, told us that you do ...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yesterday afternoon one of my teen daughters and I were in a yelling match, cooped up in the apartment as we were, due to too many snow days in New York City. But I was able to regain my foothold on sanity after I listened to Mark Beebe’s message from Recovery at Cokesbury. He talked...

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.  

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