What is Life Catalyst?
Life Catalyst is a Christ centered program focused on helping individuals and their families whose lives are out of control because of drug and alcohol addiction. Rooted in the truth that our relationship with Christ transforms us, Life Catalyst works for lasting life change through group and personal interaction, addiction education and relationship restoration.
Why Life Catalyst?
Each and every day the scope and consequences of addiction are in the news and on social media. The President of the United States has declared it a National Emergency, the Governor of Pennsylvania has twice declared a State Emergency, and the Center for Disease Control has called it our nation’s greatest health concern. Recently, The Hill, a national publication out of Washington DC has stated “The opioid crisis is the challenge of this generation.”
The state of Pennsylvania is in the top five states in many categories of drug and alcohol, sale and abuse and death. The problem is particularly imbedded in Northeastern PA.
In spite of the fact that this is the greatest social issue of our time there are few Christ centered options in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) to specifically address the core issue of individuals and their families enslaved by addiction.
While our region is blessed to have a number of Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facilities, several of which provide quality medical care and counseling, none provide at their core the powerful truth of the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria 2013, the current standard for recovery treatment, defines recovery as “a process of sustained action that addresses the biological, psychological, social and spiritual disturbances inherent in addiction. This effort is in the direction of a consistent pursuit of abstinence, addressing impairment in behavioral control, dealing with cravings, recognizing one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and dealing more effectively with emotional responses. Recovery actions lead to reversal of negative, self-defeating internal processes and behaviors allowing healing of relationships with self and others. The concepts of humility, acceptance, and surrender are useful in this process.” (The ASAM Criteria, 2013, p. 427) Emphasis added.
The needs of an individual in recovery, and the goals of recovery as spelled by ASAM are precisely the areas that Life Catalyst addresses through Scripture. The power of the living Christ is able to bring hope, change, healing and restoration.