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Opioid Combo, Gray Death Causes Worry

May 11, 2017   

It’s being called “gray death” — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the street mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies...

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UNDERSTANDING DRUG ADDICTION: WHY IS IT SO POWERFUL?

May 11, 2017   

There’s a universal truth when it comes to addiction: it does not discriminate. Kris McFadden, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge, says addiction can grab hold and destroy the lives of anyone. A person’s upbringing, race, gender, age, financial status, marital status, career path — nearly...

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New teenage fad ‘dripping’ could be deadly

May 11, 2017   

E-cigarettes and vape pens have been hailed by many as an alternative to cigarettes. “These things are prettier than cigarettes”, said Mark Clifton, the owner of No Smoke Shop in St. Louis. “There’s definitely some style going on that’s probably a part of it.” Studies show teens have embraced the...

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What is Fentanyl?

May 05, 2017   

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4,200 deaths were caused by fentanyl in 2014, and overdoses from the drug drove a 73 percent increase in synthetic opioid deaths in the United States between 2014 and 2015. More recent figures for the U.S. are not yet...

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10 ways to help an addicted friend

May 03, 2017   

The Bible is clear in its counsel regarding substance abuse. The Apostle Paul declared, “I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Cor. 6:12). Substance abuse interferes with every aspect of our lives. It renders us incapable of giving ourselves fully in service to God and others. We must rid ourselves...

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Teen Challenge Opens its First Detox Center

May 02, 2017   

For the first time in the history of Teen Challenge International, USA, a ministry of AG U.S. Missions, one of its locations now has a medically supervised detox center, which is not only a welcomed addition to Teen Challenge nationally, but for the entire region in which it’s located. According...

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Learning to “Detach” from a Loved One on Drugs

May 02, 2017   

At first glance, detachment seems heartless. But ultimately it’s the most loving, healthy, and hopeful step we can take for our children. Here’s one way to look at it: As Christian parents, we understand that we can model Christianity for our children or loved ones but ultimately they must accept...

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Recovery from Addiction – Self-Control

Recovery from Addiction – Self-Control

May 24, 2017   

Self-Discipline and Recovery from Addiction Through years of experience, Teen Challenge USA has seen that when someone is in recovery from addiction, self-discipline can be a persistent stumbling block. The reasons will vary from person to person, but the struggle with temptation can be overwhelming, even after going through an...

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