THE TRUTH ABOUT ADDICTION
ADDICTION TAKES LIVES
Today there are an estimated 246 million drug users and 457 million abusing alcohol worldwide. If this were a country, drug and alcohol abuse would be the third largest nation in the world! Roughly 3.5 million people die from drugs or alcohol each year. That’s 9,589 deaths per day, 400 per hour, and 7 every minute.
The drugs abused are many and dangerous. They are depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogenic substances causing dependence, psychotic behaviors, serious illness, and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Most addicts around the world are without any real opportunity for a cure. Where there are addicts who want help, there is a lack of accessible rehabilitation programs. Where there are people who want to help, most don’t have the tools, training, and resources to do so.
ADDICTION HARMS RELATIONSHIPS
Addiction is a plague to humankind. It afflicts every country, race, gender, and economic class. Over 150 million people annually use an illicit drug at least once. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug.
Drug abuse has many victims. The financial and emotional cost to families, communities, and nations is staggering. Addicted teens are failing school, marriages are falling apart, and men and women are driven to the streets. Drug-related unrest creates at-risk communities and costs a nation hundreds of billions of dollars in health care, crime, and unemployment.
ADDICTION STEALS HOPE
Drug dependency not only wounds the body, but also the mind and soul. An addict faces job loss, financial ruin, disconnection from family, and legal problems. As his life spirals out-of-control, hope fades and despair takes over.
For many, there remain only two paths to relief: continued drug use or death. Drug users are about six times more likely to take their own life than the general population. Without a reason to hope, a life free from addiction is not possible.
Global Teen Challenge employs a holistic, faith-based drug rehabilitation program that saves lives, restores relationships, and releases life-transforming hope to men and women, boys and girls, around the world.
When a community benefits from a Teen Challenge program
Trained, local leadership reaches out to youth and adults with life-controlling addictions.
Addicts find support in a warm, caring environment and receive personalized education, faith-based counseling, and life skills training.
Concerned friends and family members are encouraged as their loved one receives an opportunity for a cure.
Graduates find freedom from drug use, enjoy restored relationships with loved ones, and pursue a healthy and productive life
Aspiring leaders receive training to open new centers and incite greater outreach to thousands more people.
Clients meet Jesus and discover life-transforming hope, strength, and purpose through a personal relationship with Him.
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
- Russell Brand, actor, activist, and recovered drug addict
Dollars for Change
Every dollar changes the life of a person struggling with addiction.
Every dollar provides a necessary tool, resource, and relationship to see an addict through the most important changes of his life.
Every dollar is a smart investment, transforming families, nations, and generations.