Is “Harm Reduction” the Correct Term?

Is “Harm Reduction” the Correct Term?

Needle exchange programs are often celebrated as “reducing harm” but that terminology is deceptive. Recently, I was interviewed in this WORLD Magazine article related to recent legislation in the state of West Virginia that is hindering efforts at “harm...
Harm Reduction vs. Transformation: Cope or Hope

Harm Reduction vs. Transformation: Cope or Hope

By Mary Shaw, with Mark Shaw and Tim Brown Is harm reduction really reducing harm and saving lives? What are the benefits of the harm reduction programs where needles are exchanged and free Narcan is distributed?  Tim Brown of His Steps Ministries and Dr. Mark E. Shaw...
Who is Your Community?

Who is Your Community?

Post by Dr. Mark E. Shaw (with Mary Shaw)       Bad company When you hear the term, “Bad Company,” are you flashing back to the band and the 80’s song? (Paul Rodgers) [1]   Or are you thinking about the Western by the same title?   Whatever you might...
Meet CJ & Misty Who Run Addiction Program & Cafe

Meet CJ & Misty Who Run Addiction Program & Cafe

Guest post by Mary Shaw The Refuge & The Cellar More than just a Coffee Shop…Meet an Ordinary Couple God is Using in Extraordinary Ways, for His Glory  “It’s not easy. It takes commitment. But men come [to us] from all over the U.S. …and God has been extremely...
6 Ways to Guard Your Heart

6 Ways to Guard Your Heart

Guest post by Dr. Cindy L. Jones, CABC Recently the Lord took me back to Proverbs 4:23 which says,  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. As I pondered this scripture my thoughts turned toward one of the promises Jesus made. The...
This is “Classic TAC”!

This is “Classic TAC”!

Guest post by Mary Shaw “Because it feels like an island sometimes…” We often hear people on the front lines of ministry to those struggling with addiction say they definitely are in need of help and especially encouragement. If you are committed to a genuinely...
WHAT COVID-19 TAUGHT US

WHAT COVID-19 TAUGHT US

By Mark Shaw There were many takeaways and life lessons from 2020 but I want to highlight 3 of them now: 1. We’ve Deceived Ourselves Into Believing that We Can Control the World Around Us I read a secular training program that was offering “skills for living in...

Modern Day Widows and Orphans

By Mark Shaw In James 1:27, the Bible says this: Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.  Today, our society’s orphans are addicts who have been...

Modern Day Application of Corban

By Mark Shaw As I was reflecting upon my reading of the Bible in the book of Mark, I thought about how this principle applies to us today.  Let’s examine Mark 7:1-13, which says, Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from...

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise

81,230 drug overdose deaths in one year (from June 2019-May 2020) is a big number and the largest number of its category in the history of the United States. 2 major contributors to this number: Fentanyl use from a drug standpoint Recklessness and hopelessness in the...

No Fear in Death

by Mark Shaw Death has been a subject that could no longer be ignored in 2020.  With the coronavirus (COVID-19) infecting and contributing to the deaths of over 300,000 people reportedly in the USA alone in 2020, Americans were confronted with a reality they could no...

End of 2020

At this time last year, who would have imagined that we would experience a year like 2020? COVID-19, racial discord, an often-vitriolic election race, and so much more. The good and comforting news? God is Sovereign and at work in and through everything that happens,...

Gospel Hope for an Epidemic

Reposted with permission from Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC). Originally published March 26, 2018. By: Mark Shaw   An incredible number of 64,000 accidental overdose deaths occurred in 2016 in the United States of America. To put that number of souls in...

New Advent Guide Available Now!

The Addiction Connection has released Advent: Meditations for Addicts, available in print and ebook. Dr. Mark E. Shaw and ShirIey Crowder pray the Lord will be pleased to use Advent: Meditations for Addicts, a meditative journey through Advent, to help you keep your...