OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION: A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES

  • FR. PETERSON KABUGI Laikipia University, Nyahururu, Kenya

Abstract

Despite that the government and non-governmental organizations have across the world have marshaled much effort to reduce cases of drug and substance abuse, the prevalent of substance use among the youth and young adult is alarming. The churchs role as outlined in the Holy Bible is not just concentrated on the spiritual wellbeing of the people in the community. Jesus himself cared for the people he ministered to, making sure to feed them, heal them and even raise the dead. This study sought to examine the opportunities for Faith Based Organizations in Substance Use Prevention in Christian Perspectives. Some of the opportunities of faith based organizations in the prevention of substance use that were covered in the paper include: creation of public awareness, community mobilization, counseling and rehabilitation services, and conducting mentorship programmes. The study adopted secondary data research method to collect, analyse and interpret the findings. The study concluded that the Faith Based Organizations stand a chance to do more in helping youth and young adults to discard the habit of drug and substance abuse. The study recommends that Faith Based Organizations should focus on strengthening collaborations, expanding local resources, and building capacity to provide substance abuse prevention, treatment, and mental health services, as well as program management. Faith Based Organizations should also expand its capacity when tackling drug and substance abuse problem among the young people by partnering more with other sectors. For instance FBOs should appeal for funding and training of its personnel, from governmental and non- governmental organizations

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Published
2019-08-21
How to Cite
KABUGI, F. (2019). OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION: A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES. Educational Review: International Journal, 16(1). Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/es/article/view/59