Focus on the Family Citizen® magazine

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Suicide Prevention Begins at the Spiritual Level

Citizen Magazine Staff

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24, and the fourth-leading cause of death among 10- to 14-year-olds. 

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A couple kissing in front of a lake

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From Hooking Up to Real-Life Dating

Jacob Sahms

What does it take to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime from Day One?

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AB 2943 Awakened a Giant

Jim Domen

In July, I walked up to Assemblyman Evan Low, D-San Jose, and introduced myself as Pastor Jim Domen, a former homosexual who was transformed and now lives a life of heterosexuality. We both smiled and he said, “You’re about to see democracy in action.” We were standing in the front row of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Danger in Their Pockets

Crystal Kupper

As the percentage of children owning smartphones, tablets and laptops climbs, so too do opportunities for criminals looking to exploit and harm your kids.

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Pete Rose Defamation Lawsuit

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Legalized Sports Gambling Is a Bad Bet

Brad Kullman

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down this spring will bring unlucky breaks for families if states take the lure.

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Wildfire

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Wildfire

Karla Dial

Here’s something I wouldn’t ordinarily share with readers: For the last five and a half years (and for the third time in my life), I’ve been living in California. And this summer, I experienced my state being tested by fire, both literally and spiritually, in some of the most extreme ways imaginable.

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Anti-Change Agents

Matt Kaufman

California lawmakers want to ban counseling that helps people leave the LGBT life. But grassroots Christian voices have put that plan on hold.

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Made in God's Image

Courtney Cruz

Younger Christians bring a Genesis-inspired view of feminism to the cultural understanding of the term.

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A Mom's Tips For Raising A Kind, Compassionate Man

Deirdre Hade

We have done an amazing job over the last 20 years of empowering our girls to lean in, have a voice and be heard. But let’s not forget our boys. It’s time we focused on helping them grow up and into the emotionally connected, empowered men our world needs right now.

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Why Men Matter

Craig Glass

Surprise! Even in a post-feminist culture, they still do.

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Young woman holding a pro-life sign

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A Big Win for Pro-Lifers and for Free Speech

Matt Kaufman

In a case pitting California against pro-life pregnancy centers, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the centers. The benefits will be felt nationwide.

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To Adopt a Brothel

Annika Bergen

Houston's praying ladies are shutting down the sex industry, one prayer at a time.

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Bringing God’s Hope to School—with Bibles

Candi Cushman

This generation’s Esthers and Daniels are boldly overcoming fear to share Jesus’ love with classmates.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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