Do you know anyone that has problem with controlling their pain?   Are you or someone you know taking prescription pain medications?

The abuse of and addiction to opioids (Fentanyl, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Morphine) is a serious global problem that affects the spiritual and physical health of our society including our church bodies.

No matter how hard you pray or how closely you adhere to the teachings of the Lord, life is rarely easy.  A split second is all it takes to turn everything upside down.   Whether you begin taking a prescription medication as a way to mitigate pain after surgery or started sampling opioid’s to deal with the stress of life, a few uses is all it takes.  A highly addiction pain killer that is prescribed contributes to 20 million Americans with a substance abuse disorder.

What signs will you see in a person? What behaviors indicate that you may have an addiction?
Noticeable elation Need for increase in dose
Nodding off during the day Feeling down or depressed without medication
Changing moods Missing work, family or church activities
Altered judgment Inability to sleep without medication
Clammy skin Having financial problems
Social Isolation Spending time in trying to figure out how to get medication from doctors

It isn’t easy to admit to an addiction or to seek help outside of worship and prayer.  It isn’t an easy problem to solve.  Sometimes we need to access a Christian helpline @ 844-329-6895 for more long term care by a trained counselor.

What can we do as Friends to become more aware and help others with identifying opioid abuse in our neighborhoods and church families?

These verses come to mind: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.   We, as church families need to be aware of those that are hurting or going through difficult times.   Are we continually praying for one another?  Do we know each other outside of church?  Are we watching out for each other and correcting each other in love?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all thing through Him who gives me strength.  Are we remembering and truly believing in Christ’s healing power?

Written by Charlene Martin of Bangor-Liberty Friends Church