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ALCOHOL and DRUG abuse are usually two addictions that come to mind when addictions are discussed. Although we can take normal and healthy parts of life and abuse them as well, such as food, people’  SEXUAL ACTIVITY and our FAITH as means of avoiding or addressing the root cause of the problems, these issues may result in anger, pain and grief if we don’t work through these feelings. This puts us at risk of using SUBSTANCES, activities or people to avoid the real issues, and that is, “HOW WE CAN HELP TO OVERCOME ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE!”

Known as psychoactive substances; ALCOHOL (which is legal), and others which are illegal impact and alter our moods, our emotions, and interfere with our thought process and behavior.

When a person is under influence of any DRUGS, the mood to act may at some point produce negative effects on our children as well as society. Dependency is a matter that few will seek help on their own; without some type intervention may eventually find themselves at the “end of the rope” and do not know where to turn.  Here are some of the facts, click on this video clip and watch:

First and foremost there must be a realization or admission that there is a problem, and the desire for intervention. When we operate in life with clear thoughts or patterns we can easily lose hope, therefore the process begins with retraining how we think and disassociation of source.

Applying biblical principles offer means for strength, encouragement and an environment where you are seen as a person with a weakness and have come to the knowledge that with the positive environment and support systems you can become an over-comer in your life. Off-course the process is usually not one of simplicity but with will and determination all things are possible. We are all created beings in the image of God and he showers us with all of the love and understanding we need once we’re able to think in terms of grace and mercy which no man can give.

Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee (Isaiah 26:3-KJV). People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing. (26: 3-4-Mgs)

Guard your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

 I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHEN ME (Philippians 4:13). This means that you as a parent now know without a shadow of doubt that,  “SUBSTANCE ABUSE CAN HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.”  Your child is seen as a person with a weakness and have come to the knowledge that with the positive environment that you will help to create and the support systems, in which your child can become an over-comer in their life, and once again rise up to the many challenges of living out their individual lives as a fully functioning and productive citizen of the family and community once again.

We encourage all of you who will have the opportunity to read and study this lesson to know that we all are harmed when our love ones become addictive to ALCHOLIC and DRUGS, and it is the responsibility of all to become engaged and be empowered with the truth and knowledge of what it is, how it is harming the individual as well as the family and community at large.  When we do this, we then can begin to have an impact on the devil’s rule over the lives of the abusers and begin to take down his kingdom stone by stone.  God has given us the power over the Devil’s rule; now let us begin to use that power to transform our love one’ back into whole productive citizens.  We can do this in the name of Jesus and the devil will flee from us.  Then we all will have learn one very important lesson, “HOW WE CAN HELP TO OVERCOME ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE.” AMEN!

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  1. I really love your point of view. That is the best post (and maybe one of the greatest posts I’ve read).


      Thank you my friend for sharing with us your great point of view. We appreciate and value you and all of our readers comments.

  2. Thanks Pastor, these addictions are destroying our cities, and neighborhoods. I have lost many friends, and family members to alcohol and drugs. God is faithful! He will raise up opposition to these evils, grace in darkness, and life to those seeking freedom. Keep teaching and preaching!


      Thank you My Friend, this we will do. Some where along the way, we must find a break through. The problem is hard, but the solutions to the problem can be solved. We will be working daily to find and implement the solutions in order to save lives. We need everyone’s help. If you have any ideals that you would like to contribute, we welcome them. We have assigned Minister Shirley Rhodes as our new Minister of Drugs and Alcohol. She brings 20 years of work experience in this area and she will make a major contribution to the work we are seeking to accomplish in moving the discussion forward on this subject. My Friend, we appreciate you for taking the time to share with us you knowledge and wisdom on this important subject matter. May God bless you, your family and friends. May all of them find peace and comfort in the Lord’s care.

      • Thanks Pastor, my book was just released, “Under The Influence,” a daily guide for the follower of Christ that struggles with addictions, and as far as I tell, God will use it to help many who struggle. I pray your dear sister Rhodes. yourself, and all involved in this ministry will be strong in spirit, God will uphold you! Pass along my blog site to her, if you will. I post quite regularly on addictions, alcoholism, etc. She may get something out of it. She also can check out my other site, http://www.underhisinfluence.com and http://www.skeithbarnes.com to ck out the book too! Blessings to you Pastor!


          Congratulation on your new book. Please let me know where I can get a copy, I would love to read it. I will past this info onto Minister Rhodes and I am certain she will be in touch as well. Again thanks for your in-put. Best of luck, and as you move forward in placing it into the market place, keep your eye on Jesus and he will take you places you never dream you could go with it.

          • I appreciate your interest and efforts, most of these addicts and alcoholics are lost little children. My book can be obtained at http://www.skeithbarnes.com but will not be available in stores until the introduction date Aug.28. I have access now to be able to have inventory for signing events and speaking engagements. The book, incidentally, is a daily guide, or devotional to help the individual start and/or end their day in victorious living through relationship with God. Surrender to the Lord before the day begins…then we allow His guidance and His Word lighting up the path. God bless you Pastor, I will pray for your ministry!


              Thank you once again My Friend for taking the time to communicate with me on a matter of great importance to all of us. I will be ordering a copy of your new book and look forward to making full use of it here. I am certain it is going to be a great success, because it will become a very valuable tool in helping to stem the tidal wave in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. We all have a role to play in teaching the importance of God’s help in turning around the lives of those who have strayed away from His truth. I thank you for your prayers and we will be doing the same for you and the great works that you have taken on in this battle. May God’ peace and blessings be with you My Friend.

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