is a disease. But unlike other diseases, true addiction encompasses
more than just the biological component. Addiction is a disease
of mind, body, and spirit. Consequently, treatment involves
a multi-tiered approach.
At ProdigalSong, we believe that the best way to help those
who suffer—and those who love them—is through
education. Until we eliminate the misunderstandings concerning
the disease / sin relationship, true healing will not be possible.
As Christians reaching out to a world struggling with ever-increasing
materialism and relativism, we must fully understand the roots
of the problem before we can offer lasting help.
Addiction is about much more than chemical dependency; it
involves each of us, dramatically affecting our ability to
be fully open to Christ. He wants us to be whole. And as long
as we worship anything else, we can never be wholly His.
ProdigalSong offers comprehensive education and training
the church leader and the church family.
approach is one of love and understanding, but with an
emphasis on the tough boundaries each helper and loved
one will need to effectively counsel those who suffer.
Together, both individually and collectively, we will
learn what we can do to help the addict, and what we must
do to protect ourselves and break the destructive patterns
of denial and enabling. Together, we will strive to dispel
the myths and misinformation that exist about this disease,
to see the addict as Christ would see them, and to discover
those hidden places within ourselves that also need His
is a basic outline of available educational approaches, designed
for any size church or group. And we can adapt our curriculum
for your specific needs. Please contact us, and we will be
pleased to help with your questions and concerns.
“THE CHURCH AS A HEALING COMMUNITY”
The Church’s Role in Addiction and Recovery Leadership
training for the pastors, church staff, and lay leaders of
the local community. These groups will study the following:
1. Overview of Addiction will be an examination of both the
disease and sin concepts of addiction’s history and
root causes, from a biopsychosocial model as well as a spiritual
perspective. Focus-points will include aspects of the disease
such as Denial, Increasing Tolerance, the phenomenon of Cravings,
and Withdrawal. Also, a basic primer on Pharmacology, including
an overview of drug classifications and how each affects human
physiology and psychology.
2. The Dynamics of Forgiveness and Healing framed in the story
of the prodigal son. Emphasis on Christ’s teachings
pertaining to the lost and downtrodden, the spiritually bankrupt,
and those suffering from issues of shame.
3. Needs Assessment Training, which will enable leaders to
identify problems within both the church membership and staff
by walking through a checklist/questionnaire. This will allow
facilitators to determine the current state of awareness within
the church community.
4. Understanding the 12 Steps will explore the biblical roots
of all 12-Step truth, and separate fact from fiction in terms
of (A): The History of AA (B): Where the 12 Steps come from,
and (C): How to implement these truths into the church community.
Focus in part will be in a comparative study between 12-Step
principles and the teaching of Jesus in the Beatitudes.
PRODIGALSONG FAMILY SEMINAR
Equipping families and individuals touched by addiction, with
emphasis on education about the disease as a “Whole
1. Overview Of Addiction (See above.)
2. Functional & Dysfunctional Families will discuss and
compare the dynamics of families, examining topics such as
Rules & Guidelines, Acceptance, Privacy, Nurturing, Spirituality,
Boundaries, and Discipline.
3. Family Systems looks at breaking the cycle of the addiction
related issues for coming generations and it’s effects
on the family unit. Here, participants will learn the dynamics
of the Addicted Family, including Epigenetic Development,
Shame Through Abandonment, Emotional Abuse, and specific Role
Playing within the family unit, such as The Chemically Dependent,
The Hero, The Primary Enabler, The Mascot, and The Lost Child.
4. The Family Sculpt is an informative, often touching and
sometimes-humorous presentation featuring members from the
audience. A small group of people will be chosen beforehand,
and will be coached in their “roles” for the “skit”.
Through this entertaining approach, much can be learned about
the “pre-scripted parts” members of a dysfunctional
family play in order to support and enable the negative consequences
5. Getting Help will explore treatment options, and provide