Even though the church is a holy place, it does not understate the fact that there would be people struggling with addiction. And people often make the mistake of stigmatizing those who are addicted because they have little or no idea of how addiction works.
In reality, people do not exactly decide to be addicted. The addiction lifestyle of people span across diverse reasons.
For some people, it could be mental health problems like anxiety, depression and the likes. For others, it could be peer pressure, financial difficulties, family problems and the likes.
When people do not receive prompt help from the right quarters, there is a huge tendency for them to spiral into addiction. This is why it is crucial for the church to lend a helping hand, a listening ear and a watchful eyes to those who are struggling with addiction.
One of the proficient ways that the church handles addiction problems is by sensitization. It is imperative for the church to teach her members about the ills of addiction and how they can avoid it.
In the church, there are people from diverse professions and career paths. This implies that there are health professionals in the church who are well-knowledgeable on the concept of addiction.
The church can collaborate with these health professionals to organize a sensitization program. The program will be targeted at helping people understand what addiction means, the different types of addiction and ways to help themselves.
For those who are addicted already, the church takes it upon themselves to provide health care for them. If it means enrolling them for addiction treatment program, the church would be a major player to facilitate this.
If the church owns up to its true identity of providing care for people in all facets, there will be a reduced rate of addicted people in the church.
Addiction is a sinful habit which draws one away from God. The church must be sensitive to this and ensure that none of her members are lost in the web of addiction.