What’s New

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...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs...'

Matthew 5:1-3 (The Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's never too early to start planning events for the annual National Drug Facts Week!

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), observed from Jan. 27 to  Feb. 2, 2014, is a great way for churches to connect teens with experts in the drug abuse field on a wide range of topics such as the science behind drug use, prescription drug abuse,...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jewell Meringer, Ed.S., SAFE Ministry Team Leader at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, FL and Executive Director of the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency, offers inspiration and steps for congregations to take in starting a recovery ministry.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Partnership at DrugFree.org will host the second annual National “Above the Influence” (ATI) Day on October 17, 2013.  Taking place during National Substance Abuse...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

During SPSARV’s African Task Force (ATF) training in Monrovia, Liberia, members explored addiction’s impact on the family and ways the church can offer support to families with a loved one battling substance abuse.

Pauline Lumungandji, an ATF representative from the Democratic Republic of Congo Central Conference, shared...

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