Focus on the Family Citizen® magazine

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Hope, Not Handcuffs

Matt Kaufman

In a growing number of towns, police aren’t arresting people facing addiction. Instead, they’re providing a doorway to treatment.

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Honey Lake Clinic in Florida

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A Providential Place

Mark Mellinger

With so many struggling to find solutions to their opioid struggles, one Christian treatment center aims to lead the Church into the next phase of the “behavioral health revolution” its founder says Jesus started.

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Measuring prescription drugs

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Resources

An alphabetized, non-exhaustive list of agencies, organizations and other programs where you can find more information about drug abuse, opioids, and where to find help.

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Police officer approaching a vehicle

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First Responders, Second Chances

Matt Kaufman

Specialized substance-abuse treatment programs are giving a new lease on life to people working in some vital, high-stress jobs.

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Dr. Sharen Ford

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System Solution

Crystal Kupper

As the opioid crisis leaves its mark on the American foster care system, nonprofit organizations from coast to coast are stepping up to fill in the gaps for America’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Mother holding a baby

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All For One

Crystal Kupper

When opioid addiction takes over one life, it damages untold more—including innocent children’s. So Christians nationwide are breaking the cycle by bringing healing to entire family units.

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Parents holding a photo of their son

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And Then There Were None

Mark Mellinger

One family hopes passing along the lessons they’ve learned from their son’s fatal overdose can save many others.

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Figure of person sitting on a mound of prescription pills inside a prescription bottle

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Troubling Vital Signs

Mark Mellinger

The opioid epidemic is straining America’s health care and treatment resources, while opening the door for unscrupulous fraudsters to make money off those struggling to overcome addiction.

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Man sleeping on the sidewalk

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Taking It to the Streets

Matt Kaufman

The opioid epidemic doesn’t stay behind closed doors. It’s spilling into public life, spurring crime and homelessness.

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Firetruck in front of a building at night

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Occupational Hazards

Matt Kaufman

First responders are fighting the opioid crisis, but they’re not immune to it. In some ways, they’re especially vulnerable.

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A crying baby

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A System on the Brink

Crystal Kupper

Already under tremendous strain from a lack of qualified homes and social support, the American foster care system is staring down its toughest opponent yet: the opioid epidemic.

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Baby bottle filled with prescription pills

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Collateral Damage

Crystal Kupper

As the nation grapples with opioids’ hold over millions, its smallest victims cry out to be heard, held and healed.

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Prescription pill on a fish hook

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Dangerous Prescriptions

Mark Mellinger

As physicians seek fast ways to deliver relief to those in pain, Americans’ struggles with opioids hit a crisis point.

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Hands holding bottles of prescription drugs

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Close to Home

Karla Dial

If you think you don’t know anyone whose life has been touched in some way by the opioid crisis currently ravaging our country, chances are pretty good that you’re wrong.

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Photo of woman walking into a Planned Parenthood clinic

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A Legacy of Scandal: 100 Years of Planned Parenthood

Citizen Magazine Staff

Earlier this year, Cecile Richards stepped down from her position as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America after 12 years at its helm.

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A pile of hundred dollar bills

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Off The Dole

David Cox

Several states are trying to stop giving taxpayers’ dollars to Planned Parenthood.

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Words and Deeds

Charles Causey

To be a man of courageous integrity, you need both. In his new book, Army Chaplain Charles Causey not only explains why, but provides diagnostic tools to help you assess where you stand—and biblical resources to help you improve.

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From Acts to Austin

Crystal Kupper

When an ordinary Texas mom went to sleep one March night,
she had no idea what she would wake up with: A Lone Star state-sized dream to prevent human trafficking using a method pulled straight from the book of Acts.

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Voice to the World

Josh M. Shepherd

Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs is more than a motivational speaker—he’s an evangelist who speaks up for the value of every life.

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Justice Served

Karla Dial

At approximately 11 a.m. on April 11, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill giving sex trafficking victims the ability to pursue damages from Web site operators who knowingly facilitate and profit from their exploitation.

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The High Cost of Fatherlessness

Citizen Magazine Staff

In his book The Good Dad (Zondervan, 2014), Focus on the Family President Jim Daly describes standing on his high school football field on Dad’s Night. The announcer called out the name of each athlete and then the name of his father, who would run onto the field to stand by his son.

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What is Sex For?

Todd Wilson

So many of the pressing social issues of our day revolve around sex. Which begs the question: Why do we have sex? Why does it exist?

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A Case of Conviction

Bruce Hausknecht

This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases regarding freedom of expression. Here’s why the decisions, expected next month, should matter to you.

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