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Addressing Substance Abuse with God’s Word

Working in: Canada and Kenya

Alcohol and drug addiction … enslave their victims and result in terrible outcomes. And the number of lives they ravage is on the rise.

Substance abuse in Canada

Here in Canada, substance abuse is responsible for approximately 47,000 deaths a year! That’s a huge number, and what’s alarming is that the majority of drug users are so young. Statistics show that 15.7 years is the average age when drug use begins.* According to the Canadian Centre for Drug Addiction, treating or controlling teen substance abuse impacts the health care system, costing about $8 billion every year. **

But this is secondary, compared to the destruction that substance abuse brings to an individual’s spirit, soul, their physical, emotional and mental health, and their relationships and future.

Substance abuse in Kenya

Kenya is battling a different kind of substance abuse. It’s currently ranked 3rd among the “Drunkest Countries in Africa”. This problem is prevalent across gender and economic classes. Statistics show that women in Kenya drink as much alcohol as men do, and poor communities gain access to alcohol through

the proliferation of unlicensed drinking dens and the distribution of illegally brewed beer. The latter has caused many deaths across the country, most of these being young men and women.

Drugs and alcohol destroy lives. For the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) and the Bible Society in Kenya (BSK), addressing these two social problems starts with the person’s heart and mind. Real change and freedom from any form of addiction begins when a person experiences the transformation that God’s Word can bring.

John Oakley, a CBS volunteer in British Columbia, 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. Watch his story in the video below.

What $50 can do:

  • Provide 20 Scripture portions to educate people about substance abuse in Kenya.
  • Provide 10 Bibles to people in Canadian drug rehabilitation centres.

Support this project by selecting “Addressing Substance Abuse” when you donate.