Substance abuse can have a serious impact on a community’s ability to be strong and healthy. It is not just one issue, it is a combination of issues that add up and influence the way in which a community functions. At what age do students begin to smoke, drink alcohol, and use other drugs? How many adults are arrested for alcohol or drug violation? How easy is it for youths to get alcohol, prescription drugs, and tobacco products? It is important to look at the community as a whole in order to understand the impact of substance abuse.
Turning Point is a point in your life where you have decided to make the right turn and address the issues that have enslaved you with a life hindering addiction. It is a place where you can understand life controlling issues, how they develop, and the impact they have on individuals and their families. It is a place where you can just be you and realize how others are having some of the same problems you are having. It is a place where you can feel safe in sharing some of the most intimate and private things in you life. It is a place where you can be loved for who you are, and not be judged or condemned because of what you have become. It is a place where you can receive biblical truth about what is going on in your life, and how you can overcome it.
Luke 21:34-35 (KJV)
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Surfeiting is the kind of light-heartedness, silliness, frivolity, and giddiness that comes from partying and drinking. It is the loose, giddy, suggestive movements and talk that take place. Drunkenness is a work of the flesh and it often leads to other sins of the flesh: partying, loose behavior, immodest clothing, exposure of the body, sexual thoughts, immorality, wicked or evil and unjust behavior or violence and physical abuse, notions of grandeur, strength or power. Drunkards “shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Be not deceived.” “Drunkards” are people who take drink and drugs to affect their senses for lust and pleasure; who seek to be tipsy or intoxicated; who seek to loosen their moral restraints for the sake of bodily pleasure.
Home Burglary is very common in our community and for the most part to steal prescription drugs or money to buy the drugs. Many of our drug addicts confess that they must steal the drugs in order to stay high and not go into detox. They have confessed to stealing from parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors in order to keep the high. What so many people do not understand is how they could do this to their love ones and friends? The answer is they know the pain and aggravation of detox and they are not willing to go through that for any reason unless they feel its time for them to get help. Many people practice thievery to various degrees, accepting them as common and understood behavior. Granted, the degree of committing the thief is minor for most people; nevertheless, many still stand guilty before God, and Scripture says they “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
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