Jesus is Better

Jesus is Better

Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV [1] “1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance...
Worldview Determines the “Cure” for Addiction

Worldview Determines the “Cure” for Addiction

Can brain surgery solve a person’s addiction problem? Read WORLD Magazine’s February 23, 2022 article by Addie Michaelian here! Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a new, highly experimental brain surgery that attempts to regulate one’s cravings, or what...
Fentanyl On the Rise: What the Local Church Can Offer

Fentanyl On the Rise: What the Local Church Can Offer

by Dr. Mark E. Shaw (with TAC Team) The issue of fentanyl is getting significantly worse over time – it killed 40,000 people in 2021. This DEA report is information from the graphs and statistics that the CDC collects (read more). Why is fentanyl on the rise? It is...
Acts 4 and Addiction Ministry

Acts 4 and Addiction Ministry

By Dr. Mark E. Shaw A Little TAC History Ten years ago, The Addiction Connection officially launched with 12 national leaders in the biblical approach to addiction who met together in Cleveland, Ohio. After more than a year of praying and planning, the ministry began...
Anxiety and Its Remedy

Anxiety and Its Remedy

by Dr. Mark E. Shaw (with TAC Team) Anxiety is all around you. You don’t have to look very hard to see you live in a fallen, broken world. There is a lot to be anxious about. The future is uncertain and full of surprises yet since mankind’s Fall in Genesis, it...
TAC Logo: Meaning and Explanation (2022)

TAC Logo: Meaning and Explanation (2022)

The Cross is central to the message of the Gospel. The Addiction Connection (TAC) logo is a symbol intended to start conversations about “The Hope of the Gospel for the Heart of Addiction.” Jude Gavin, son of Dan Gavin of Addictions Victorious, developed the original...
5 Highlights of 2021

5 Highlights of 2021

1. We Gathered What a blessing to gather with 130 like-minded women and men at our 5th Annual TAC Leadership Summit to learn from, encourage, and connect with each other this year! To watch the sessions from past Summits, click here! SAVE THE DATE for next year:...
What Should the Church Do About Addiction?

What Should the Church Do About Addiction?

It’s Christmas Eve and yet I cannot get over the fact that fentanyl is reportedly the #1 killer for people ages 18-45 according to the CDC. People seek their usual drug of choice only to discover too late that it was fentanyl laced—that’s what is killing...
Advent: Meditations for Addicts

Advent: Meditations for Addicts

Advent: Meditations for Addicts by Mark Shaw & Shirley Crowder  – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited! “In one very factual way, encouraging one another to keep Christ central in Christmas is rather naive. CHRIST is central in CHRISTmas! Christmas is totally...
Addicts Make the Best Evangelists

Addicts Make the Best Evangelists

Guest Post by Josh Brunk, Executive Director of Village Mercy Ministries “Addicts make the best evangelists.” This was my introduction to Dr. Mark Shaw when he visited The Mission House in Port Orchard, Washington. He spoke this to encourage those of us in the...
93,000 Souls

93,000 Souls

Which statement alarms you more? 1) More and more people are dying each year to drug overdoses. 2) More and more people are dying from drug overdoses, and they don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior!   If you are a Christ-follower, I hope statement #2 moves you...
Obtain an Addictions Counseling Specialization

Obtain an Addictions Counseling Specialization

As you may have heard in today’s podcast, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Addictions Counseling Specialization: Education Phase online course, created in collaboration with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and Grace Counseling...
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...