From left: Jennifer Goree, Rev. Keith Hemphill, Wanda Vanlandingham, Kathy Dawson, Steven “Tyrone” Straus.

A spiritual approach to recovery

There is an onslaught in Falmouth and the surrounding communities that has bound many friends and family in the chains of defeat and hopelessness. Of course, heroin has become a problem of unimaginable proportions, and the effects that it has on those enslaved to the insatiable need have had their lives impacted in a negative way.

However, heroin isn’t the only slave master in today’s world. Addiction can manifest in many forms, and it is no respecter of persons. Young, old, rich, poor and diverse ethnic backgrounds, it makes no difference. Addiction can also be to many different things, not just drugs.  Along with addiction comes loss, fear, pain, distrust, and even death.

The Spiritual Healing group will be meeting at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening.  Meetings will be held at the Falmouth Christian Church, 303 West Shelby Street in Falmouth, Ky.  Refreshments will be served and a safe, family atmosphere will permeate the surroundings.

The Spiritual Healing Approach to recovery will focus on a holistic treatment plan. Treating the whole person (mind, body, and soul) will be the theme to breaking the chains of bondage known as addiction. The program will follow the twelve steps and twelve traditions of the international Narcotics Anonymous with a strong spiritual basis. Strength will be drawn from God to overcome the powers of the dark world that hold people down.

The body will also have time for physical detoxing with sessions in the church sauna to draw chemicals from the body through perspiration. Methods for coping with the triggers and withdraw will be learned as well as behavior modifications that will help overcome cravings.

The treatment of the mind, the control panel for the body, will be addressed by the many speakers who will be a part of this endeavor. The speakers have walked the walk of addiction and recovery. They have helped to write the road map to recovery. Hearing from those have been to battle and won is an inspiration and will help with the developing of a plan to begin and maintain a sober lifestyle.

This program is the brainchild of Wanda Vanlandingham, Steven “Tyrone” Straus, Kathy Dawson, Jennifer Goree, Rev. Keith Hemphill, and Angie Hemphill.  Each have been touched by addiction or have experienced loss related to it. Each have found solace through God and His healing power.

Feel free to come to these safe and enlightening meetings. Come and join in this new walk of life through God’s direction. Man cannot destroy what God has ordained.