A church congregation in Montgomery, Alabama recently welcomed all of the body to learn about drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. As part of the recognition of September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Freewill Missionary Baptist Church held its fourth Celebrate Recovery Sunday last week.
Robert Hendricks is a senior adviser with the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He believes that the marking of a month that celebrates recovery makes it easier to open the conversation about the benefits of treatment for substance abuse.
An event like the one at the Freewill Missionary Baptist Church provides an avenue to share a hopeful message with people who might know someone who needs help.
“Highlighting the effects of treatment for addicts reduces the stigma around treatment and provides accurate knowledge about the benefits of treatment,” Hendricks said.
The senior pastor of Freewill Missionary Baptist Church believes that celebrating recovery with his congregation is a beautiful thing.
“It’s a great thing because it shows the power of God. When you’ve been in bondage, no matter how long you’ve been there, God never gives up on us,” said Rev. Edward Nettles.