Faith and Healing: Finding Recovery in Lexington



It’s time to start being more concerned with getting healthy than keeping up some sort of appearance.

That’s why Emmaus Church stepped out in faith this year to partner with The Courage Center (TCC), a recovery-focused organization for individuals struggling with substance misuse or substance use disorder.

Our small part of South Carolina has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose. And TCC’s Courage Over Stigma campaign gives us the courage to be honest about our issues and challenges while advocating for recovery and resources in the Lexington area. Shame and stigma only further isolate people and it takes a carrying and supportive community to make a difference in someone’s life.

The recovery community models so well what the rest of us ought to be doing - being honest with ourselves and with our community, and living intentionally toward health and wholeness.

Our church community is committed to living out the way of Jesus by creating a space where we can ask questions and wrestle with the big challenges in life, connect in deep and meaningful relationships, and bring more good into the world. Addiction has touched the lives of many members of our congregation. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring more good into the world through supporting, educating, and saving lives.

Emmaus knows we have a responsibility to protect our community and those in the larger Lexington area by decreasing access to unused prescription medications through the use of Deterra Drug Deactivation System Pouches, which contain a special environmentally friendly carbon compound to deactivate unused, expired, or unwanted medications at home. Each of our members has access to these products and other resources to help raise awareness about the stigma of substance use and end accidental overdoses.

September 30th marked the end of National Recovery Month, a time when the resources and communities available to those going through the journey of recovery are recognized. As we finish this month, we know our work is not done. We are calling on our faith community partners and places of worship across Lexington to join Emmaus in our commitment to maintaining support for the recovery community year-round. Reach out The Courage Center at (803) 369-3905 to learn more about how you can show love to our brothers and sisters in long-term recovery. Our collective greatest gift can be our service to a healthier Lexington community.

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