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We face a profound problem in this country and in many countries around the world, the plague of drug addiction. Lives are being destroyed. Many lives are being lost. And so many people are affected by this issue in some way, through their own struggle, or through that of a family member, friend, or co-worker. Few are untouched by this. The question is, “How can people find true healing of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs involved in their addiction?” The author proposes leading addicted people to faith in Jesus Christ.
[i]Jesus and the Addict: Twelve Bible Studies for People Getting Free from Drugs[/i] is designed to help leaders in Christian faith-based recovery to guide those who come to their communities toward continuous freedom from drugs. The book contains twelve studies with biblical guidance on varying issues with which people in recovery struggle such as overcoming fear, learning to have hope, overcoming resentment, and dealing with forgiveness. Jesus Christ is the answer in all these things. Deepened relationship with Him and the transforming effect of His power and love bring redemption and new life. The book is intended for pastors, mentors, sponsors, and teachers – anyone working in jail, prison, transitional communities, or in churches to help recovering addicts.
The studies are designed to be shared in large group settings, a speaker providing the teaching talk. Following that teaching time, the large group can then break out into small groups for discussion of the teaching. However, this material is workable within a single small group as well as a large one – the small group hearing the talk less formally and then discussing it.
Each of the twelve lessons contains a verse or key verses from the Bible about a particular topic. Those Bible verses form the basis of the lesson. There is then a section with discussion about the background and state of mind of people seeking recovery for the speaker to consider about those who will be in the listening audience. The author’s experience has largely been with people who are lower income or poor, but addiction affects all classes of society, and both urban and rural populations. The concepts discussed in the background and state of mind section are adaptable to varying recovery audiences.
A prayer for the speaker is included next.
Following the prayer, there is a sample talk section where some key points are given. This talk can be modified to fit the speaker’s own experiences and their audience. And each chapter concludes with sample questions that can be used to stimulate conversation within your recovery group.
The book also contains teaching and theology about the nature of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. An explanation of the cross event, resurrection, and the meaning of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers is explained such that people in recovery can understand God as being full of grace and as a source of great empowerment. The presentation of the present-day healing ministry of Christ gives hope to the addict that they can permanently be freed from drugs and feel the lifting of guilt and shame. They can also take their place as a useful and contributing part of the kingdom of God and in society.
Dr. Pam Morrison, the author, is an ordained pastor from the Free Methodist Church. She has led or helped to lead six churches. She has volunteered with Prison Fellowship and has ministered with addicts in several settings. Her belief is that medical and secular means have been and are used to help addicts, but the greatest help anyone can receive to achieve permanent freedom is to find faith in Jesus Christ. So much more help is needed for addicts and families of addicts. We are short on places and those who will walk steadfastly with people seeking recovery. This is a ministry urgently needed in this hour.
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About the Author
After serving six churches, Dr. Pam Morrison now ministers with recovering addicts. One site of her ministry is the Healing House Christian recovery community in Kansas City, Missouri. She also ministers to addicts at Hope City through Heartland Healing Rooms of Kansas City. Additionally, she ministers in Cuba as a helping partner with the Methodist Church there. Dr. Morrison is married with two children and five grandchildren. To schedule Dr. Morrison to speak, contact her through her website, found in this profile.