From Brokenness to Wholeness
September is a month set aside in the United States as the Recovery Awareness Month. The need to learn and better understand the journey of recovery is such an enormous one today, as this touches every one of us in some way. You and I know someone we love who may have in the past or may still be struggling with a compulsive unhealthy behavior that contributes to brokenness in his or her life. In fact, all of us living in this world have a sinful nature, and as a result we are broken in some way. Our tendencies to sin bring pain and hurt not only to us, but also to those we love and come in contact with daily and also affect our mental health. In October we have a Mental Illness Awareness week and the National Depression Screening Day. Thus we have an opportunity to unite our voices in talking about behavioral health issues helping do away with myths and stigma that these issues often carry.
The good news is that as we experience God’s unconditional love and compassion, we learn we don’t need to be in pain forever. We can come to Him for the power to be victorious against our sinful tendencies, worst addictions and resulting mental/emotional problems as He heals our brokenness and make us whole again. All of us are in this journey to recovery whatever our issues may be.
During the Mental Health week and Recovery awareness month (http://www.recoverymonth.gov), now in its 25th year in the United States, we have the opportunity to join in the effort of this national observance to educate citizens on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. We celebrate the daily recovery victories of each person as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Recovery Month and Mental Health week are meant to spread the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Take advantage of the many web, social media, and other resources available at SAMHSA’s National Helpline - 1-800-662 HELP (4357) and also on the resource link on our ARMin website (www.AdventistRecovery.org).
If you are not acquainted with Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) download the free brochure at the website above and consider starting this ministry in your church or community. We would like to encourage all of you who have been victorious in Christ in your journey of recovery! Many of you have regained your lives back through working each of the 12 steps and embracing God’s restoration in your lives. Praise God for your efforts in cooperating with Him.
Let us celebrate together what God has done and is continuing to do in our lives! But let us not be content with that. As our motto says we need to “Choose Life” but then it is critical to “Tell the World.” Get involved with ARMin, or schedule a mental health sabbath in your church. Resources are available on the Adventist Recovery Ministries website.
Take a moment today to say a prayer of thanksgiving and rededication to God for “showing to us the path of life” (Psalm 16:11).
Katia Reinert, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC
Director, Adventist Health Ministries – NAD
Focus on a Spirit Led RevivalJoin Seventh-day Adventists around the globe to pray for revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Join us in the “777” prayer, seeking “Revival and Transformation” as 7th-day Adventists praying 7 days a week at 7 o’clock (am or pm) daily, without ceasing until Jesus comes. For more information visit www.revivalandreformation.org
Reach NAD prayer calendar:
Atlantic and Columbia Union Union
- 7-13 (Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference)
- 14-20 (Ontario Conference)
- 21-27 (Quebec Conference)
- 28-Oct 4 (Maritime and Newfoundland/Labrador)
- 5-11 (Carolina Conference)
- 12-18 (Florida Conference)
- 19-25 (Georgia-Cumberland Conference)
- 26-Nov 1 (Gulf States Conference and Kentucky-Tennessee Conferences))
The Recovery Devotional Bible stands alongside the Twelve Steps as a unique tool for those in recovery from addictive, compulsive, or codependent behavior pattern.
REACH ACROSS AND FORWARD
Health Ministries Resources
- NAD Health Summit and Health Professionals Conference DVD The plenary presentations for the Health Professionals Conference, NAD Health Summit on Comprehensive Health Ministries and John Bradshaw’s evening presentations are all available on DVD at the NAD Health Ministries online store (www.NADHealthMinistries.org) or at AdventSource.
- Advertise your health program for free The NAD has developed a website with listings of health programs for the public. Anyone can advertise their health outreach program in any city or state in the NAD and use the free online registration system that allows you to know ahead of time who will attend and contact info. The site is www.ChooseFullLife.org . To advertise your event, simply send information with name and contact info for coordinator, location, time and description of event. If you wish to use our registration system so people can print an entrance ticket, please include how many seats you have available. Send it to NADHM@nad.adventist.org or click on ‘contact us’ at the website.
- Breathe Free-2 Launched The Breathe-Free-2 stop smoking program has been updated and is now available to be used by anyone interested. A webinar will be held on October 7 that will discuss the changes and updates. All the materials are available for download free of charge at the website www.breathefree2.com. Register at www.NADHealthMinistries.org under calendar of events.
- Facts with Hope videos The NAD Health Ministries has launched 1min videos with evidence-based counsel on healthy choices for a full abundant life. These wholistic Facts with Hope videos are available on Youtube.com , Facebook , and twitter. You can also see the latest ones at the website www.FactsWithHope.com or purchase the DVD with all the 12 videos at the online store. The website is designed to connect with the public and with young people in particular and it links to the www.ChooseFullLife.org site listed above where other health programs and spiritually related meetings are listed across the NAD.
- September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month The NAD Adventists InStep for Life and Let’s Move Day initiative has many resources that can be used to join in this effort. A pre-recorded webinar is available online at www.adventistsinstepforlife.org along with videos, bulletin inserts, brochures and more to be used. In addition, the www.letsmove.org website offer many other resources, including a series of webinars focusing on healthy cooking for kids sponsored by the Health and Human services department.
- September is Recovery Awareness month Several resources are available at www.recoverymonth.gov/. In addition, resources such as the unhooked series, the Journey to Wholeness guides and more are available at www.adventistrecovery.org.
- Mental Illness and Depression screening Access materials and resources at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/events/national-depression-screening-day.aspx or also at www.nami.org. Mental Health Sabbath resources are available at www.AdventistRecovery.org or email email@example.com.
- Health Calendar Emphasis - SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER
- Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/calend/index-eng.php
- USA: http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp#m8
- September 2014
- National Childhood obesity awareness month (US)
- Healthy aging month (US)
- National Recovery month (US)
- 10 – World suicide prevention day
- 18 - National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (US)
- 27 – Family health and fitness day (US)
- October 2014
- National Bullying Prevention Month (US)
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (US)
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (US)
- 15 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (US)
- Looking Forward (November 2014)
- American Diabetes Month
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month
- 22 International Survivors of Suicide Day
NAD HEALTH MINISTRIES
Oshkosh InStep4Life 3-Day Challenge
Over 4000 pathfinders participate of the 3-day challenge sponsored by Adventists InStep for Life in Oshkosh, WI, on August 13-15, 2014. Clubs trained for the events and 165 clubs from across NAD brought their pathfinders to compete in 3 challenges: a 5K run, a fitness boot-camp (push-ups, sit-ups, burpies) and a 1 mile run. Every participant contributed points to their clubs and in the end 30 clubs were recognized for their top performance, with the top 10 clubs getting a check for $500 on top of medals, trophies and freebies that all participants received. Pathfinders are continuing to report their miles of activity beyond Oshkosh, including Let’s Move Day. A special Let’s Move Day patch is being prepared to honor pathfinder’s participation.
Tom Mejeur, Michigan’s Conference Health Evangelism Coordinator, reported several major outreach events in the city of Grand Rapids – a major city in the Lake Union. First in May a large health fair and outreach was conducted with 35 organizers and 200 volunteers working on 4 different sites including the central city and three close suburbs sites. Over 400 people were attended to and invited to return for other health series such as “Fit and Free” and “Lifestyle Matters.”
As a follow up event, a Children’s Expo conducted by Grand Rapids Adventist Academy high school students for their younger elementary peers was held on April 24th, 2014.
Union Health Ministries Training
On August 27-29 the Southwestern Union held its first union wide NAD Health Ministries training during the Ministries convention in Burleson, TX. Over nearly 70 participants attended the seminars presented by the NAD Health Ministries team. The training was also presented in Spanish to dozens of interested attendees. The Union is looking forward to engaging leaders in major health outreach events such as the Let’s Move Day and Pathways to Health in SA. Many outreach events are planned for San Antonio, and church leaders are getting to impact their community with a message of health, hope and wholeness.
Knoxville SDA Church Cook Out
The third annual plant-based cookout took place on June 15, 2014, at the home of Stan and Kathy Wolcott on the campus of Little Creek Sanitarium. The cookout was an end of the season celebration for the health ministries’ department of the Knoxville First SDA Church, as they provide monthly plant-based dinners from September until May and take a break for the summer. Approximately 65 community members attended. Grilled corn, home-made burgers, rainbow coleslaw, and watermelon were on the menu. Recipes were provided to all participants. Many who attended also took home the free literature made available at the cookout. Several community members were invited and participated. “I had a great time. The food was really good and the company was fabulous,” said Karen, a visitor.
CHOOSE FULL LIFE
CHOOSE to say NO to ALCOHOL, DRUGS or any HARMFUL SUBSTANCE
Facts with Hope
FACT: A recent study of 295 high school students suggests that drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse. The participants who had their first drink at a very young age progressed more quickly to heavy drinking than those who started drinking or had their first binge drinking experience later.1
HOPE: Parents can play a key role in helping their children avoid this at risk behavior. If age of any use is the primary risk factor, our efforts should be to primarily focus on preventing initiation of ANY use. This study amounts to the evidence that it is best to say NO to alcohol.
FACT: According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 9.3 million underage drinkers across America are putting their health and futures at risk. A study showed that underage drinkers (ages 12 to 20) were more than twice as likely to wind up with a serious health outcome, such as hospitalization or death, if they also used drugs at the same time.2
HOPE: When parents and caregivers connect with their young child and talk about the risks of underage drinking they are less likely to engage in such behaviors. Consider initiating the conversation about alcohol with your kids today. Resources are available at www.SAMHSA.gov/underage-drinking.3
FACT: According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 1 in 10 adolescents (10.7%) had a major depressive episode the previous year and 1.4% had a substance abuse disorder combined with depression. Sadly, only 38% received treatment.4
HOPE: Knowing common depression symptoms among adolescent can help parents and friends offer help in a loving and non-judgmental way. Connecting depressive adolescents with adequate health care and treatment is a critical first step in reducing the high prevalence of depression and suicide in this age group.
FACT: According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 56.4% of adults were alcohol drinkers and nearly half of those (24.6%) were binge drinkers. Often, substance use like alcohol and drugs go hand-in-hand with mental illness for while 1 in 5 (20%) adults reported a mental illness in this survey, 3.2% also reported substance use.4
HOPE: It is possible to become unhooked from such harmful substances. Recovery programs are available to help people deal with their substance use and also improve mental health.4 12-Step and other recovery programs have shown to be effective in helping people quit and regain their lives. Take the first step today by going to www.AdventistRecovery.org.
- Corbin, W (October, 2014). Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
- SAMHSA news release (October 2014). http://www.samhsa.gov/data/spotlight/spot143-underage-drinking-2014.pdf .
- SAMHSA Underage drinking prevention – http://beta.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking.T
- The NSDUH report (Sept 2014). http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//NSDUH14-0904/NSDUH14-0904.pdf