An estimated 2.1 million people in the United States struggle with opioid use disorder.
At Niswonger Children’s Hospital alone,
Tennessee ranks #2 in the nation for pain killer consumption.
Approximately 60,000 Tennesseans suffer from a form of dependence on prescription narcotics.
There are almost 12,000 churches in Tennessee.
What Is Restore Appalachia
Restore Appalachia is an initiative developed by Adoration Life in 2017 to help equip local churches with effective resources to engage in the mission to restore Appalachia from drug abuse. We focus on building bridges between resources and churches so that churches can function as effective recovery ministries withing their own community. We follow the principles outlined by our acronym PEACE in order serve local churches. PEACE stands for Prayer, Education, Awareness, Connection, and Eternal Hope.
What is an opioid?
Codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin are all opioids. Opioids are also commonly known as “painkillers.” In your brain, there are receptors called opioid receptors. Any molecule that can activate an opioid receptor is considered an opioid. When a drug activates an opioid receptor, a person gets pain relief.
What is NAS?
NAS stands for “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.” It is a medical condition where babies go through a drug withdrawal shortly after being born. If a mother takes opioids during pregnancy, it is possible that the baby will be born dependent on drugs and then have to be weaned off them after birth. Not every mother that takes opioids while pregnant will have a baby with NAS.
How can I get involved?
- Pray – Pray for God to defeat the demonic stronghold of drug abuse in Appalachia.
- Educate – Educate yourself on the specifics of addiction and recovery. Maintain a humble desire to learn and grow. Do research, know the process, learn about the available resources within your own community.
- Volunteer – Volunteer at and support your local recovery organizations and ministries to make yourself an asset to your church and recovery community.
- Register – Register your church and attend Adoration 2019 on Saturday, September 28th, at the East Tennessee State University Mini Dome.
- Become – Become a Recovery Certified Church by calling the TN Division of Substance Abuse Services office at 615-770-1783. The will professionally equip your church to make a difference in your community.
- Join – Join the Holy Friendship Collaborative by calling 888-254-3495.
What is the opioid epidemic?
The opioid epidemic is a national crisis where people are addicted to drugs and dying from overdoses. Many overdose deaths involve opioids mixed with other drugs, such as benzodiazepines and alcohol. The Appalachian region is one of the areas most affected by the epidemic in the world.