Drug abuse is a huge and rapidly growing problem. It is easy to ignore it – until it reaches your own community. All of us – and particularly young people – need to be fully aware of the dangers and risks involved in order to prevent this enormous problem from ruining still more lives. The abuse of nicotine is also covered. However, we have not had space to look at the abuse of alcohol – another addictive drug which wrecks countless lives and families. 

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  • Bible study: Security in God's love

    Security in God’s love. We can help people to face up to huge problems in their lives, without feeling insecure, by remembering always that God is in control. He wants the person we are helping to be totally free. Being honest about our own life and weaknesses can bring great freedom for someone else to be honest about their own life. Security in God’s love helps us to have the security to let others fail.

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  • Changing Lives - case study 1

    The dictionary describes the word rehabilitation as ‘to restore to effectiveness through training’. There are many different types of rehabilitation projects available for those who are seeking help in recovering from drug dependency. In these pages and also on page entitled 'Changing Lives - case study 2' we look at some case studies of different approaches to drug rehabilitation.

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  • Changing lives - case study 2

    The La Roca Community, Viña del Mar, Chile. La Roca began after much discussion and prayer as concerned Christians in Viña del Mar, Chile saw young people turning away from their drug addiction when they became church members, but later leaving the church and going back to drugs. They felt these young people were not supported enough in their everyday lives. Their spiritual growth was not sufficient to keep them from falling back into old ways.

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  • Editorial

    People addicted to drugs are a very challenging section of society to work with – difficult, unresponsive and often depressing. Rehabilitation work is very demanding. The most successful projects need more than simple concern: they need huge extra resources of patience and love – which usually only come through faith in a loving God. In the industrialised world rehabilitation often begins with detoxification – using a cocktail of substitute drugs to help the body gradually off its ...

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  • Growing bamboo

    The valuable Bamboo plant has many uses. It can be used to carry water, as building material, for making furniture, craft work and to control erosion on riverbanks. But bamboo is always in short supply because it is not usually cultivated by farmers. It just grows wild. Most types of bamboo grow shoots from underground stems called rhizomes. These shoots grow into tall above-ground stems.

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  • Letters

    Burning less wood. I enjoyed reading your article about environmental sustainability in Footsteps 20. Many of the problems mentioned can be linked to deforestation. While it is important to think about planting new trees, we also need to think about how we can use less wood.

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  • Problems with drugs

    by Dr Taha Baasher. Throughout the history of mankind, nearly all countries and cultures have had problems with the use and abuse of drugs. Since the earliest recorded times, drugs have been used for different reasons – mainly religious, medicinal and pleasure. For example, alcohol and opium were both well known in ancient Egyptian culture. Cannabis was commonly used in Hindu ceremonial rites as well as in Indian and Chinese medicine. Drug related problems, therefore, are not new.

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  • Puppets

    How to make and use them. When a health worker or animator tells people that they are ignorant or wrong in their way of life, their natural reaction is to disagree. They become defensive about their way of life. A barrier to learning is created. But what if the same problems are raised in a story, drama or puppet play? Hearing a story about a similar person or community with the same problems as the audience, helps the listeners to identify with the characters – and with the solutions they ...

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  • Resources

    Making Puppets Work.  by Issy Sanderson. This is a handbook which describes how to make and use three types of puppet: shadow puppets, rod puppets and body puppets. Though written to help communicate messages in environmental education, it is a useful guide for anyone wanting to use puppets to communicate. It is practical and well illustrated, with plenty of imaginative ideas. The booklet contains 36 pages from…

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  • Smoking: a deadly habit

    Why should there be an article on smoking in an issue on drug rehabilitation? Surely, smoking is a pleasant social habit! Advertisements for smoking lead us to believe that it helps us to feel in control of our lives, it helps us to relax and makes us attractive to the opposite sex!

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  • Why turn to drugs?

    by David Partington. What is it that encourages people to begin taking addictive drugs? We all have things in our lives which bring special pleasure, things that we want to experience over and over again, things that we would struggle to give up. We all lean on something – the only difference is that drugs and solvents (glue) are very harmful, both physically and mentally.

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