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April Is Substance Abuse Prevention Month

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Did you know that 22 million people in the United States are fighting addiction? Many don’t get the help they need due to the stigma surrounding addiction or not having access to the resources they need. Substance abuse prevention is something all of us need to be aware of as we help those in need.

At Fellowship Missions we’re working to change that within our own community and beyond. We’ve seen firsthand how addiction and substance abuse can destroy lives.

We’re committed to being a hub for substance abuse prevention our community as we connect those struggling with substance abuse to the treatment resources they need.

Removing The Stigma Of Substance Abuse

By creating awareness and educating our community about the realities of substance abuse and addiction, we can help remove roadblocks in front of those who need help. 

No one should have to fight addiction and substance abuse alone.Our goal is to make sure our community has the services everyone needs to find restoration on their recovery journey. 

At Fellowship Missions, we connect those in recovery with a Recovery Mentor and support groups. 

Recovery Mentors help those in recovery set goals, connect to a sober community, and are a stable source of support when cravings or thoughts of relapse happen.

You can learn more about what it means to be a Recovery Mentor and how to volunteer here.

Substance Abuse Prevention: Know The Signs And Symptoms

Often, the first step toward getting help for yourself or a loved one is by recognizing the signs of substance abuse.

Substance abuse and addiction can affect anyone. Many people begin abusing a substance before they develop a serious addiction. If you or someone you love is showing signs of potential substance abuse, call the Fellowship Missions hotline to get help: 1-800-337-3219.

  • Dramatic changes in personality, habits, priorities, and mood
  • Inability to meet responsibilities at home or at work
  • Reckless behavior while under the influence of a substance
  • Continued use of the substance, despite knowing it can cause health problems and could be dangerous

Get more information about spotting the signs of substance abuse and addiction in our Addiction Education section of the Addiction Recovery Hub.

Additional Resources To Help

Indiana has resources to help those fighting substance abuse, and their family members. You can find an extensive list of resources in the Fellowship Missions Addiction Recovery Hub, but we wanted to highlight a few here as well.

Overdose Lifeline

https://overdoselifeline.org/

This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities who are affected by substance abuse disorder. They provide training, courses, and support groups.

The Mom Of An Addict

https://www.themomofanaddict.org

This is a great resource for those who are supporting a family member or loved one struggling with addiction or substance abuse. They provide support groups and education dedicated to helping the families of those in active addiction, incarcerated due to substances, have lost a family member to the disease of substance abuse, or have a loved one in recovery.

Indiana Addiction Hotline

https://www.in.gov/fssa/dmha/addiction-services/indiana-addiction-hotline/

You can access the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) hotline 24/7 and talk to counselors trained to connect you to addiction treatment services in Indiana. It also has bilingual capabilities.

Looking For Help?

If you or a loved one are facing homelessness, food insecurity, substance abuse, or addiction, we’re here to help.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:14-17, NLT