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RESPONDING TO THE PLAGUE OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS
by Dr. Jeffery Forrey - Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 03:54 PM
 

RESPONDING TO THE PLAGUE OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS

BC 528/ BC 728 Webinar Series

8/8; 8/15; 8/22; 8/29

According to a December 2010 post on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website:

  • Illicit drug use in the United States has risen to its highest level in 8 years, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Last year, 8.7 percent of Americans aged 12 and older—an estimated 21.8 million people—said they used illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey, which represents a 9 percent increase over the 2008 rate.
  • The rise was driven largely by an increase in the use of marijuana, which rose to 6.6 percent in 2009 after holding steady at around 6 percent since 2002. The increase was particularly high among youth aged 12 to 17 and young adults aged 18 to 25. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug; about three-quarters of those who report illicit drug use cite marijuana abuse.
  • "These results are a wake-up call to the Nation," said Ms. Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), at a press conference held September 16 to announce the findings. "Our strategies of the past appear to have stalled with 'Generation Next.' Parents and caregivers, teachers, coaches, and faith and community leaders must find credible new ways to communicate with our youth about the dangers of substance abuse."1

Furthermore, in recent surveys conducted in the USA, the percentage of the population involved in pathological gambling has hovered around 1%, or approximately 311,000 people. However, problem gambling is more prevalent at about 2.3% of the population (about 715,000 people).2 These surveys have targeted adults; the prevalence of problem gambling among teens is a growing concern as well.

As the church of Jesus Christ reaches out to Americans with the gospel, they will be reaching out to alcoholics, drug abusers, and gamblers. How will we help them? What principles from the Scriptures should be used for this type of vital ministry? Those are the types of questions we will address in this course. The course will involve webinars, YouTube presentations, and online discussion formats. We will discuss how the secular mental health community proposes addictive behaviors be treated, and we will see how the Scriptures offer more powerful ways of understanding and tackling these pernicious problems.

I invite you to join me on this 4 week adventure. Contact your advisor to sign up for BC 528 or BC 728 before 8/8/12. To enroll, please contact your Academic Advisor by calling 812-853-0611, or contact them by email at contact@trinitysem.edu. I look forward to talking to you and interacting with you.

Dr. Forrey



[1] See: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2010/12/drug-abuse-highest-level-in-nearly-decade (accessed 2/10/12).

[2] See, for example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2293303 (accessed 7/13/12).