AAlcohol and drug addiction … they enslave their victims with terrible consequences. And the number of lives they ravage is on the rise.

The Situation

Substance abuse in Canada

Here in Canada, substance abuse is responsible for 47,000 deaths every year! That’s a huge number, and what’s alarming is that the majority of drug users are young. Statistics show that the average age when drug use begins is 15.7 years old.*

According to the Canadian Centre for Drug Addiction, treating or controlling teen substance abuse is quite expensive. Figures from the Health Officer’s Council of BC show that “for every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation by the Canadian government, another $95 is spent on incarceration of drug users.” In addition, substance abuse costs the healthcare system $8 billion every year. **

But even more important, is the impact of substance abuse on the victims’ spirit, soul and body – relationships, physical, emotional and mental health, and their future.

Alcohol abuse in Kenya

Kenya is ranked 3rd among the “Drunkest Countries in Africa”. Unlike other African countries, women in Kenya drink as much alcohol as men do. Poor communities are not exempt, a fact which paves the way for the proliferation of unlicensed drinking dens and the distribution of illegally brewed beer. The latter has caused dozens of deaths across the country, most of them young men and women.

The Kenyan government has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by introducing the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.***  This law seeks to regulate the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic drinks, and promotes and provides treatment and rehabilitation programs for the addicted.

The Need

Drugs and alcohol destroy lives. They are no respecter of people’s age, education or economic status. For the Canadian Bible Society and the Bible Society in Kenya, addressing these two social problems starts with the person’s heart and mind. Real change and freedom in any form of addiction begins when a person experiences the transformation that God’s Word can bring.

Here’s how you can support the Bible Society’s efforts in fighting substance and alcohol abuse in Canada and Kenya:

  • $50 provides 20 Scripture portions to educate people about substance abuse in Kenya.
  • $100 will provide 20 Bibles for people in drug rehabilitation centres in Canada.
  • $260 will help train two volunteers to help counsel individuals and families about alcohol abuse in Kenya.

Every day, people become addicted to drugs and alcohol. But every day, people are given the choice to abandon their addiction. With God’s help – and your support – there is hope for them.

Support the Bible Society’s efforts in fighting substance and alcohol abuse in Canada and Kenya.

Support the Bible Society’s efforts in fighting substance and alcohol abuse in Canada and Kenya.

John Oakley’s story

John Oakley knows what it feels like to be a slave to addiction and to experience the life-changing freedom through Jesus. The Bible was instrumental in this change. Listen to his story in this 4.5-minute video.