Combating addiction one life at a time

One life at a time ... that is how we will combat the epidemic that we’ve been hearing about for months now. Becoming informed is an important component in this battle. Last year, CrossPointe Community in Westlake hosted a very helpful forum on the topic of heroin addiction. Several similar events have been hosted in our community, including one at the Bay Village Branch Library on Feb. 20.

As a pastor, I am personally grateful for the work of Y-Haven in Cleveland which has provided us with a number of young men who are in recovery. Two of these young men began a Christ-centered 12-step group a year ago, which I wrote about in the Observer last year.

I am writing today because both young men continue in recovery. One of them is studying for pastoral ministry at Spring Arbor University. The other has taken a detour but recently has shared with me that “Jesus is for real” and he knows just how much God loves him unconditionally.

CrossPointe is full of people in recovery and the message is clear: “God so loved the world” and He still does. It’s a message of relationship and not religion. It’s all about the heart!

We continue to host the Families Anonymous support group at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, led by a father in recovery whose son has been in addiction. Amazing change has occurred in the lives of parents, grandparents and siblings even in the face of overdose and death. This group is a “family” providing meaningful heartfelt care and support, and all community members who have a loved one with drug, alcohol or behavioral problems.

This is one of the components for impacting the heroin epidemic. Parents deal with the “insanity” of addiction and as they pursue wellness the addict is no longer enabled and has to face the reality of “hitting bottom” alone.

We are grateful to be in the battle and applaud all the agencies, government entities and rehabs like ORCA House and Y-Haven who are making a significant impact.

CrossPointe Community Church is located at 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake.

Nelson Blount

I pastor CrossPointe Community.

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