Preparing Leaders for this ministry by. . .

ministry leaders through certification in addiction prevention studies

Influencing change with the 'Shaping the Ministry' workshop.


the community with roundtable discussion opportunities.


at the Annual Fall Symposium,which offers the following.


Support for Churches through. . .

qualified professionals providing consultation for local churches


from trained volunteers in our Oklahoma Conference districts.

According to Warren Veith of Oklahoma Watch, approximately 240,000 Oklahomans, 8% of the population age twelve and above, took prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons over a 12-month period.
Additionally, the federal government ranked Oklahoma’s rate of recreational painkiller use as the highest in the nation in 2010. The state ranked in the top 10 in other categories of drug abuse.

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P162.L Alcohol and Other Drugs We affirm our long-standing support of abstinence from alcohol as a faithful witness to God’s liberating and redeeming love for persons. We support abstinence from the use of any illegal drugs. Since the use of illegal drugs, as well as illegal and problematic use of alcohol, is a major factor in crime, disease, death, and family dysfunction, we support educational programs as well as other prevention strategies encouraging abstinence from illegal drug use and, with regard to those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages, judicious use with deliberate and intentional restraint, with Scripture as a guide.
Millions of living human beings are testimony to the beneficial consequences of therapeutic drug use, and millions of others are testimony to the detrimental consequences of drug misuse. We encourage wise policies relating to the availability of potentially beneficial or potentially damaging prescription and over-the-counter drugs; we urge that complete information about their use and misuse be readily available to both doctor and patient. We support the strict administration of laws regulating the sale and distribution of alcohol and controlled substances. We support regulations that protect society from users of drugs of any kind, including alcohol, where it can be shown that a clear and present social danger exists. Drug-dependent persons and their family members, including those who are assessed or diagnosed as dependent on alcohol, are individuals of infinite human worth deserving of treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing life-changing recovery. Misuse or abuse may also require intervention, in order to prevent progression into dependence. Because of the frequent interrelationship between alcohol abuse and mental illness, we call upon legislators and health care providers to make available appropriate mental illness treatment and rehabilitation for drug-dependent persons. We commit ourselves to assisting those who suffer from abuse or dependence, and their families, in finding freedom through Jesus Christ and in finding good opportunities for treatment, for ongoing counseling, and for reintegration into society.


For additional information

on any of the Prevent/recover resources contact Dr. Peter John A Messiah

information about the director

About the Ministry

Prevent/recover is available to help provide learning opportunities, congregational resources, and ongoing, statewide support.

Prevent/recover Brochure

overview of Prevent/recover


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Youth Prevention Programs

Prevent/recover prevention programs for youth groups, schools, and community groups

Certified Prevention Specialist

Prevent/recover training for staff.

Prevention Specialist Candidate

Scientific and research-based Curriculum

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services