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Faith-based Organizations.
There is no standard or accepted definition of a faith-based organization, but the term generally denotes religious congregations, religion-based social service organizations (e.g., Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army), and other types of organizations that might have a religious affiliation or identity.

“If ever the sum were greater than the parts, it is in combining the power of God, religion and spirituality with the power of science and professional medicine to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction,” 

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA President and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

"A religion true to its natures must also be concerned about man's social conditions. Religion deals with both earth and heaven, both time and eternity. Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith  Action  Recovery 


---New Resource for those who feel rights are violated:
Watchdog Group to protect rights

Study shows non-religious services vs. religious show "like" outcomes.
study by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis is among the first attempts to compare the effectiveness of faith-based and secular organizations using objective data.


 


Concerns about Church and State Issues Surface
Opponents of Access to Recovery, including civil liberties groups and some medical professionals, have raised concerns that drug rehabilitation programs operated by religious organizations might be lacking in the quality of their care or effectiveness. Some also object that such programs may cross the constitutional line separating church and state.

Theresa Thompson, senior legislative analyst for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said she is concerned that people seeking treatment services may not receive all the information they need before choosing an approved service provider. She said that could result in clients being forced to experience religious indoctrination in order to get treatment.

"Beneficiaries should have the right to know that they have the right not to be discriminated against, that they have the right not to participate in religious exercises, they have the right to choose their provider, and get their voucher back," Thompson said.


Funding for Faith Based Treatment and Recovery Support Services
Louisiana Learn about Access To Recovery and Plans for Vouchers


Find a Church that provides Celebrate Recovery Programs:
Celebrate Recovery, Faith Based Recovery Programs in Louisiana

Reading on Faith & Funding
"In Good Faith"

SEPTEMBER 2004  More on Recovery Advocacy in Louisiana
Louisiana members of WeRecover and HopeNetworks , answer questions for National Recovery Month Web-Cast on Faith Based Recovery. 

Melanise Frederick, Assistant Director, Crossroad Outreach Ministry speaks as expert on panel for Faith and Recovery WebCast
Watch the WebCast on Faith and Recovery
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a panel of experts as they explore the critical part played by faith- and community-based systems and provide useful tips on how you and your organization can get involved in this important and timely Webcast.  The beneficial role that faith- and community-based organizations play in preventing and facilitating recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders has long been acknowledged.

Humble Hero's Opening Doors to meet need.
CrossRoads-Faith Community and Treatment support services

"We have come to believe that Faith Based Recovery programs provide a unique path for "Best Practices" when partnered with the treatment field, recovering community, and church leadership, as these provide a path for an individuals strong spiritual foundation,  which we know to be key to long term recovery" says Melanise, when asked about the innovative 12-step based "Cross Roads" program underway in New Orleans 9th ward, one the hardest hit areas in our state.  We will continue to update you
as this program unfolds!
There has been great criticism of the President's faith based initiative, and that appears to be in the lack of education or information related to the disease of addiction.  Programs that identify and meet the medical needs of those seeking recovery make good sense, and will find great success.  Treatment professionals and the medical community support those efforts that include "best practices" for clinical treatment (licensed treatment professionals)  within the faith community.  

The medical/treatment providers are quick to denounce the value of programs that totally disregard the the medical component, or concerns when offering "Faith Based" Treatment. 
In other words, if a program is a spiritual service (which is a support service) say so, but don't call it "treatment" the often complex medical side of addiction (De-Tox requires medical care for many) for a medical disease.  Faith, and support is critical for many with other chronic disease, but when diagnosed with heart disease, we see a heart specialist, with addiction, we see a treatment professional.

More on Louisiana Faith Based Treatment Programs from OAD

 

Spirituality and Religion: New Enlightenment for Addiction Recovery

A national study reports that tapping the power of religion and spirituality has enormous potential for lowering the risk of substance abuse among teens and adults and, when combined with professional treatment, for promoting recovery.

According to the study, adults and teens who consider religion to be very important and who attend religious services at least once a week are not as likely to smoke, drink or use illicit drugs. Individuals who, in addition to receiving treatment, attend spiritually-based support programs, such as the 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are more likely to maintain sobriety. Those in successful recovery often show greater levels of faith and spirituality than those who relapse.

Among the key findings of the study:

  • Adults who do not consider religious beliefs important are more than one and one-half times likely to use alcohol and cigarettes, and more than three times more likely to binge than adults who strongly believe that religion is important.
  • Adults who never attend religious services are almost twice as likely to drink alcohol and almost seven times likelier to binge drink than those who attend religious services at least weekly.
  • Teens who do not consider religious beliefs important are almost three times likelier to drink and binge drink than teens who strongly believe that religion is important.
  • Teens who never attend religious services are twice as likely to drink and more than three times likelier to binge drink than teens who attend religious services at least weekly.

However, as noted on page 5 of Spotlight on…Challenges to Alcohol Treatment, 58% of clergy polled in another study acknowledge that they avoid addressing alcoholism among the individuals and families they counsel. Below are some ways in which religion and spirituality can be used to help prevent substance abuse and addiction, and to improve recovery.

  • Train clergy to recognize signs of substance abuse and alcoholism and how to deal with them. Clergy should incorporate prevention and recovery messages into their ministry and become familiar with treatment services in their communities.
  • Train medical professionals to recognize the importance of spirituality and take advantage of spiritual and religious resources available in their local communities.
  • Conduct more research to better understand and enhance the effectiveness of faith-based prevention initiatives and treatment programs.
 
 
 
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
So many American's believe, and carry hope for their communities, and want to be part of the solution, it appears that may now be possible-no longer will community projects be discriminated against simply because they are rooted in spiritually driven work, which has been the foundation of hope for many people for years.  It is possible to support faith based programs, and to ensure issues related to "Church/State" are protected.  All programs that use federal dollars are subject to misuse, or inappropriate use, their are barriers that can be put in place, to prevent these problems, we should support efforts that protect all people from potential problems and promote an end to the disease of addiction and a new day supporting Recovery.

(Below is from the White House's "Faith Based" Initiative)

Millions of Americans are enslaved to drugs or alcohol. Hundreds of thousands live on the streets. And despite the many successes of welfare reform, too many families remain dependent and many of those who have left the rolls can barely make ends meet.

A great and prosperous nation can and must do better. Americans are a deeply compassionate people and will not tolerate indifference toward the poor. But they also want compassionate results, not just compassionate intentions.


More to consider on the communities across our country: (Very much touches Our Purpose)

  • As many as 15 million young people are at risk of not reaching productive adulthood -- falling prey to crime, drugs and other problems that make it difficult to obtain an education, successfully enter the workforce, or otherwise contribute to society;
  • More than 2 million children have a father or mother in prison or jail;
  • More than half a million children are in foster care, and more than one fifth of those children are awaiting adoption;
  • In 1997, more than one million babies were born to unwed mothers, many of whom are children themselves; and
  • More than one out of six American families with children live on an annual income of $17,000 or less.
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