THE REALITY OF CHEMICAL
Chemical dependancy is cruel, demanding, and untimately life threatening. It not only destroys the addict, it
tears apart families and puts children at much greater risk of becoming addicted, abused, betrayed, depressed, imprisoned. Society pays a heavy price for each
addict. It's estimated each addict commits hundreds of crimes to feed their addiction. This means THOUSANDS
of crime victims suffer loss and pain.
We believe true and lasting recovery is only possible when the whole person is transformed.
The AA/NA Models are based on our belief in and reliance on our Higher Power. Our clients are free to seek
their own personal Higher Power, and we encourage their spiritual journey through daily meditiation, study, and group sharing.
LINKS AND INFORMATION ABOUT ADDICTION
Joseph A. Califano, Jr, Chairman and President
of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University,
summarized the findings of a research study entitled, So Help Me God: Substance Abuse, Religion and Spirituality, as follows: "America has a unique and powerful tradition of religious commitment: 95 percent of our people believe
in God and 92 percent are affiliated with a specific religion. Our nation is richly endowed with an astonishing array of churches
and cathedrals, synagogues, Islamic centers and mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples. America is the most medically advanced
nation in the world. Cities across our country house the most sophisticated hospital and health care complexes and equipment.
Our physician training has given us the finest medical professionals and our pharmaceutical companies have no peer. Too often
clergy and physicians, religion and science, are ships passing in the night. When we separate the worlds of medicine and spirituality,
we deny a host of individuals help that may aid their recovery and ease their pain. This is especially true with respect to
substance abuse and addiction. The key finding of this two-year study is this: 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. A better understanding by the clergy of the disease of alcohol and drug abuse and
addiction among members of their congregations and a better appreciation by the medical profession, especially psychiatrists
and psychologists, of the power of God, religion and spirituality to help patients with this disease hold enormous potential
for prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction that can help millions of Americans and their families. "