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Rev. Dr. Barry Steiner Ball invites all who are interested in learning more about the brain’s response to opioids to attend his groundbreaking seminar. Wednesday, January 8th at Forrest Burdett UMC.
Persons suffering from addiction make no sense to those of us who have not suffered with this disease. Why would anyone choose to shoot up with heroin and risk death, prison or follow on diseases instead of being a productive member of society? The answer begins in the very basic parts of our brain. This session will help participants better understand the brain physiology that allows opioids to take over a person’s life. By better understanding how the brain reacts to opioids we can help to end the negative stigma that has hampered our community’s response to this epidemic.
How can the church respond to fix the problem? Well, we can’t fix the whole epidemic, but we can do our part in our neighborhood. Taking a step back and seeing how many persons have been affected by the epidemic and then asking God where shall I go? We have a multitude of gifts and graces in each church, we just need the courage to use them and with faith, begin to heal our broken communities.