Monthly Archives: May 2008

Overcoming Alcoholism and Reclaiming Your Life

By Dr. Chad Audi 

Alcoholism is a disease just like diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Medically, it’s known as “alcohol dependence syndrome.” It begins with binge drinking and alcohol abuse and often becomes life-threatening. Many of the people we service at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) have struggled for years with alcoholism. In most cases, their addiction to alcohol resulted in the loss of jobs, homes and family relationships. Our substance abuse treatment program includes detoxification from chemical alcohol and drug dependence and a wide range of other services such as counseling, therapy, relapse treatment, support groups, recreational activities, job training, and more. Remaining clean and sober involves physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual components.

“Ralph” literally fell onto DRMM’s doorstep while in a drunken stupor. He’d been drinking since he was a teenager. Ralph’s father, who introduced him to drinking, died at the age of 58 from alcohol-related causes. For years, Ralph was swept up in a life of homelessness and alcoholism. He credits the Detroit Rescue Mission with saving his life. “By now, I’d be six-feet under, pushing up daisies, because of the way I drank,” he says. “My doctor told me, ‘Ralph, you’ve got to quit drinking.’ And I said why? He says, ‘You’re starting to get a touch of cirrhosis of the liver.’ And that’s what my dad passed away from. And that’s one reason why I went to the Mission ─ to just get help to quit.” However, years of alcohol abuse caused irreparable damage to Ralph. Both of his legs were amputated due to numerous blood clots. But Ralph hasn’t lost his spirit and purpose in life. Get a glimpse of Ralph’s story at: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1288004/alcoholism/.

The first step to overcoming alcoholism is realizing that you need help. The second step is getting help. And the third step is surrendering your heart and soul to Christ so that He may heal your mind and spirit.

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The Innocent Victims of Homelessness

By Dr. Chad Audi

Imagine being a child, doing all of the things that children enjoy ─ going to school, making friends, playing in the schoolyard ─ but with one big difference: you have no place to call home. Sounds like an incredibly sad situation, doesn’t it? Well, that is the reality for thousands of children and youths across the country. In Detroit alone, there are an estimated 3,540 homeless students. Across the state of Michigan about 20,000 students are homeless, according to the state Department of Education. I have to believe there are even more children out there whose parents are ashamed to report to the school system that they are homeless.

Homeless children’s lives are constantly uprooted, moving from school to school and from shelter to shelter. It affects them emotionally, socially and academically. There are a variety of factors that can propel a family into homelessness. Poverty resulting from job loss, home foreclosures, medical issues or low wages are some of the main reasons. At the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), we provide help and hope for parents and children who have found themselves homeless. We give them shelter, food, clothing, job training, transitional and permanent housing, school supplies and much more. All of the things they need to get back on their feet.

But what happens to the children? They are innocent victims of circumstance. They didn’t contribute to the situation nor can they change the situation. Their youth must not be wasted away on negative images, thoughts and conditions. That’s why DRMM provides recreational activities, educational support, substance abuse prevention programs and summer camp opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth.

Make it your mission to help reduce homelessness in this country. Volunteer. Donate. Pray. Because no child should be without a home.

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