Course Summary:

Substance abuse has numerous detrimental effects not only for an individual, but also for his or her family. It can lead to substance dependence, and later, substance addiction. In a church setting, it can create a disturbing ripple throughout a congregation. This 25-minute course is designed to help you learn about substance abuse, how to recognize the potential warning signs of abuse, and how you can help address the issue in a church environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the types of substances that people most commonly abuse
  • Learn some statistics regarding substance abuse in the United States
  • Identify and know more about the effects of substance abuse in the lives of those who abuse them, whether those substances are legal, prescription, or illegal
  • Know more about your role and responsibility to educate, recognize, and take action to help those who abuse substances seek recovery, healing, and restoration

Key Topics Include:

  • What is Substance Abuse?
  • What is at Stake?
  • Substance Abuse at Home
  • Why Substance Abuse Should Matter to Churches
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Legal vs. Illegal Substances
  • Types of Substances: Depressants, Stimulants, Hallucinogens
  • What Can a Church Do to Help?
  • Warning Signs of Substance Abuse
  • Clergy who Abuse Substances
  • Some Do’s and Don’ts
  • Do You Have a Substance Abuse Problem?