Wyatt’s Chapel plans to conduct a seminar on substance abuse and mental health. The purpose of the conference is to educate the dangers and consequences of substance abuse and equip the community on how to recognize and confront addiction and mental health issues.
According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), drug abuse in the United States has risen to its highest level in eight years. The NSDUH found that 8.7 percent of Americans age 12 and older abused drugs in the month prior to the survey, a nine percent rise from the 2008. The increase was seen in illegal drugs but also prescription drugs. Statistics show that pain medicine abuse and addiction cost Americans over $484 billion annually. This amount includes healthcare costs and abuses of the healthcare system, lost wages, car accidents, crime, and criminal justice system costs.
Drug and alcohol addiction can be a debilitating, devastating condition, not just for the addict, but also for the spouses and families of the addict. Dealing with the addiction can put family members under extreme stress, and living in the intense emotional environment addiction causes can be quite traumatic.
However, research shows that family supports play a major role in:
• Helping to prevent mental illness and/or substance use disorders
• Identifying when someone has a problem
• Connecting those in need with treatment resources and services they need to begin and stay on their recovery journey
One of our keynote speakers, Steph Smith, is a Trauma Survivor Services Specialist for Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County (BHSPC). She is also the founder of Voices For All, which provides free, confidential ,community support groups for adult and teenage survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Ms. Smith is a survivor of 24 years of sexual, physical, and mental abuse, and she knows firsthand how damaging such trauma can be. With over seven years of volunteer work at BHSPC and two years at Serenity Place in Greenville, she has listened to the stories of over 500 men, women, and teenagers who desperately need to be heard.
Ms. Smith has a unique perspective as a bridge between survivors and counselors to provide a greater understanding of the way survivors think and how counselors may better help them. Over the course of her life, she was seen by more than 40 therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists. She has listened to hundreds of survivors’ stories and, with their permission, is ready to give the community insight.
Ms. Smith is a vocal champion for survivors and understands the daily struggles they face as well as the support they need. She specializes in providing inspiration to not give up and to realize that healing is possible, encouragement to exercise, eat right, and take better care of themselves, motivation to achieve balance in their lives.
Ms. Smith’s perspective as well as those from other keynote speakers will be heard March 18, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 864-427-2555.
Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church of Buffalo. SC proudly present’s it’s Annual Harvest Weekend Events:
• On Saturday, March 18, there will be workshops focused on Building Awareness of Substance Abuse and Mental health from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Then on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m., all the way from Canton Mississippi will be Harvey Watkins Jr and the Canton Spirituals. Yes, The Canton Spirituals are coming to Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church located at 153 Wyatt’s Chapel Road in Buffalo SC.
Everyone is invited to come share in a weekend Of Kingdom focus ending with an afternoon with The Canton Spirituals.
We are asking for a $10 love offering!!
Looking Forward to Having you Fellowship with us!
Grace and Peace!
Pastor Elijah Ray
The Rev. Elijah Ray is pastor of Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church. This is the first of a series of short articles he will do leading up to the March 18 workshops the church will host during its Annual Harvest Weekend. The emphasis will be on substance abuse and mental health awareness.