5th Annual Chili cook-off
Friday, September 28th, 2012 11:30am – 1:00pm
 
Recovery Month 2012
Join The Voices of Recovery
IT’S Worth It!

Special Guest: Former Major League Baseball Player Otis Nixon                                                                                                                                                                                          
·      Free Chili Lunch for Everyone
·      Door Prizes & Music
·      Located on the Dalton Green by the Courthouse

Partners

Al-Anon

Innervention

Carter Hope Center

Narcotics Anonymous

Celebrate Recovery OBC

Northwest Day Report Center

Conasauga Drug Court

Penfield Christian Homes North

CDC Alumni

Providence Rescue Ministries

Georgia Hope

Whitfield Intensive Out Patient

Helping the Hurting

Women’s Outreach Rome

 

 

“I’m not hurting anyone but myself”, is an argument that can often be heard echoing in the halls of recovery centers all across the nation, but as any professional who has been involved in recovery in any aspect will agree, this of course is not true, and is in fact a sign of denial.  Any addiction, including those to prescription drugs has unintended victims outside of the user him or herself. 

In an article that appeared in http://www.silive.com, reporter Jillian Jorgensen of the Staten Island Advance explores one of these victims. Babies of addicts have the unfortunate and disheartening pre-birth condition of being born addicted to drugs due to no fault of their own. 

It is indeed a travesty that is worsening as addiction continues to rise not just among men, but also women. 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The scourge of prescription painkiller abuse on Staten Island and across the county is leading to an increase in babies being born addicted to the drugs — and suffering the consequences of withdrawal.

“This is a disgrace. It's wrong, and we need to put an end to it now,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said at a press conference today. “Babies are the innocent victims of a national prescription drug abuse epidemic.” Image of Chuck Schumer was taken from wikipedia.org.

It's important for women who are pregnant to lead healthier lives, especially during the duration of the pregnancy.  It is indeed vital that she avoid anything that might be harmful to herself, because anything harmful to her is also harmful to the baby.  This includes things such as alcohol, cigarettes, and especially drugs. As Jorgensen's report points out, it's not just the abuse of illegal drugs that poses a threat, but also the legal prescription drugs, or rx drugs.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study last month that found approximately 3.4 of every 1,000 infants born in the U.S. in 2009 suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — caused by an addiction to painkillers or other opiates their mothers took while pregnant.
“That means that one infant per hour is born addicted to drugs like these,” Schumer said. “One infant per hour.”
And on Staten Island, the figures are growing rapidly. 
While births have stayed steady — about 3,000 babies a year — at Staten Island University Hospital, the frequency of the disease there has jumped a whopping 500 percent since 2010, said Dr. Philip Roth, director of neonatology and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the hospital.
In 2010, 1.3 of every 1,000 babies born at the hospital had the syndrome; in 2011, it was 3.0. This year, the hospital is on track for eight cases per 1,000 births. In the past, most of the cases were babies born to mothers on methadone maintenance, but now half of them are born to mothers on prescription opiates, Roth said.

Our center has undeniably seen a consistent rise in the amount of people addicted to prescription drugs, especially opiates.  While the causes of this epidemic are quite numerous, one important aspect of the rise seems to be the cultural acceptance of using medication to solve every and all ailments a person has, or perceives himself / herself to have.

Schumer held the press conference today to call for a nationwide plan to address the problem. He proposed a three-point plan — first, he is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to do a better job informing patients of the danger of prescription drug use during pregnancy, and to provide clear labels on the drugs. He is also pushing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to educate doctors so they can better identify the symptoms of prescription drug abuse in pregnant mothers. Lastly, he's asking the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do more research to prevent future mothers from becoming addicted to the drugs.

While it would seem common knowledge that prescription drugs pose a threat to babies still in the womb, we have seen and heard from reports, that many of these mothers are not informed of the dangers that RX drugs pose to their babies.  In this regard we are completely in support of Schumer's ideas of creating a more informed public.  Unfortunately, when these is a born, they are more inclined to continue the pattern that was set by their mothers.

“It's as if you're seeing someone who has been addicted to some kind of narcotic go through with withdrawal,” he said. “It's a very serious condition.”

In addition to taking a serious toll on babies and families, it also takes a toll on the entire healthcare system. Bailey said some estimates place the cost of the syndrome at $50,000 per hospital stay for each baby with the illness.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome can cause irritability, tremors, hypertonicity, vomiting, and diarrhea. Drug exposure in utero has also been shown to reduce birth weight and head circumference in infants.  To read the rest of this article by Jillian Jorgensen, please click here! 

The next time you hear a person involved in active addiction attempt to rationalize their addiction by saying that they aren't hurting anyone but themselves, please know in your heart that they are in denial, and attempt to lovingly explain to them how there are always unintended victims in the selfish pursuits of addiction.  If you or a woman you know is in need of drug or alcohol treatment for women only, please visit www.providencewomensrecovery.com. 

 

{ 0 comments }

Christian Pornography Addiction

June 15, 2012

 

Christian Pornography Addiction Article: Addiction can take many forms, all of which are destructive. Pornography is the often not spoken of addiction that keeps men and women trapped in habitual sin, which in turn is an open door for negativity to manifest. While the world will contend that because watching pornography doesn't “hurt” anyone, the truth of the matter is that it does. It hurts those who engage it as well as those who are involved with the addict. Just like any addiction, and any sin for that matter, porn addiction seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Below is an extremely informative article about pornography addiction that every man and women should read, regardless if they are a Christian of not. 

The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage, Part One

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 

The intersection of pornography and marriage is one of the most problematic issues among many couples today–including Christian couples. The pervasive plague of pornography represents one of the greatest moral challenges faced by the Christian church in the postmodern age. With eroticism woven into the very heart of the culture, celebrated in its entertainment, and advertised as a commodity, it is virtually impossible to escape the pervasive influence of pornography in our culture and in our lives.

At the same time, the problem of human sinfulness is fundamentally unchanged from the time of the Fall until the present. There is no theological basis for assuming that human beings are more lustful, more defenseless before sexual temptation, or more susceptible to the corruption of sexual desire than was the case in any previous generation.

Two distinctions mark the present age from previous eras. First, pornography has been so mainstreamed through advertising, commercial images, entertainment, and everyday life, that what would have been illegal just a few decades ago is now taken as common dress, common entertainment, and unremarkable sensuality. Second, explicit eroticism–complete with pornographic images, narrative, and symbolism–is now celebrated as a cultural good in some sectors of the society. Pornography, now reported to be the seventh-largest business in America, claims its own icons and public figures. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, is considered by many Americans to be a model of entrepreneurial success, sexual pleasure, and a liberated lifestyle. The use of Hugh Hefner as a spokesman by a family-based hamburger chain in California indicates something of how pornography itself has been mainstreamed in the culture.

Growing out of those two developments is a third reality–namely, that increased exposure to erotic stimulation creates the need for ever-increased stimulation in order to demand notice, arouse sexual interest, and retain attention. In an odd twist, hyper-exposure to pornography leads to a lower net return on investment–which is to say that the more pornography one sees the more explicit the images must be in order to excite interest. As the postmodernist would explain, in order to “transgress,” pornographers must continue to press the envelope.

One further qualification must be added to this picture. Pornography is mainly, though not exclusively, a male phenomenon. That is to say, the users and consumers of pornography are overwhelmingly male–boys and men. In the name of women’s liberation, some pornography directed towards a female market has emerged in recent years. Nevertheless, this is decidedly a “niche” market in the larger pornographic economy. The fact remains that many men pay a great deal of money and spend a great deal of time looking at and looking for pornographic images in order to arouse themselves sexually.

Why is pornography such a big business? The answer to that question lies in two fundamental realities. First, the most fundamental answer to the question must be rooted in a biblical understanding of human beings as sinners. We must take into full account the fact that sin has corrupted every good thing in creation, and the effects of sin extend to every dimension of life. The sex drive, which should point toward covenant fidelity in marriage and all the goods associated with that most basic institution, has instead been corrupted to devastating effects. Rather than directed toward fidelity, covenantal commitment, procreation, and the wonder of a one-flesh relationship, the sex drive has been degraded into a passion that robs God of His glory, celebrating the sensual at the expense of the spiritual, and setting what God had intended for good on a path that leads to destruction in the name of personal fulfillment. The most important answer we can give to pornography’s rise in popularity is rooted in the Christian doctrine of sin. As sinners, we corrupt what God has perfectly designed for the good of His creatures and we have turned sex into a carnival of orgiastic pleasures. Not only have we severed sex from marriage, but as a society, we now look at marriage as an imposition, chastity as an embarrassment, and sexual restraint as a psychological hang-up. The doctrine of sin explains why we have exchanged the glory of God for Sigmund Freud’s concept of polymorphous perversity.

More at The Seduction of Pornography and the Integrity of Christian Marriage, Part One

 

 

 

Hooked: A Christian Response to Porn Addiction (1-Hour Training Video) – http://t.co/we8EmYhG
— ihateporn2 (IHATEPORN) (@ihateporn2) Thu Jun 14 2012

There has only ever been one good addiciton. In 1 Corinthians 16:15 it says I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,).  Outside of this, addiction of any kind is a very dark and scary place to be. Not being in control is hard to accept, and something many people will not accept. The truth of the matter though is that until a person is ready to admit that they are indeed addicted, and that they have no control over their addiciton, then they will continue to struggle. If you know someone thats struggling with addiction, then please visit our mens addiciton page. Please check out the full article at the links above.

Read the full article →

To Our New Certified Addiction Counselors…

January 26, 2012

Congratulations!!!
Providence Ministries would like to congratulate all of our new certified addiction counselors for successfully passing the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors CAC I and CAC II exams! This included Brian Croft, Dana Keith, Chaplain Wesley Noland, and Reverend Roy Johnson. We appreciate all of the hard work that you put in to accomplish this task, and for helping make Providence Ministries team of certified addiction counselors that much stronger. Keep it UP!

Read the full article →