A culture of blame is not a Christian response. Rather the Church needs to look at solutions so that it can offer a better place of support for those whose lives are blighted by the effects of addiction.
This is not to suggest that those who take drugs and alcohol to the detriment of themselves and others are innocent victims; such actions are the result of their own decisions. However, our response should be one of compassion and support rather than condemnation.
CrossReach Addiction Services
Crossreach Addiction Services provide residential rehabilitation, support at home after substance use, counselling, and more.
Scottish Drug Services Directory
The Scottish Drug Services Directory provides an interactive map for people to find drug treatment and care services in their area. The online directory has contact information for over 200 agencies in Scotland that can help with drug addiction.
If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know about the Alcoholics Anonymous programme of recovery from alcoholism. Find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in your area.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
Gamblers Anonymous meetings are held every day of the week; there are currently around 70 meetings held each week throughout Scotland. You will be made to feel most welcome at any of these meetings. The format is relaxed and informal, and meetings are attended by men and women from all ages and backgrounds.
The General Assembly of 2018 commended the efforts of Alcohol Focus Scotland, the Scottish Government, and others to reduce the harm caused to individuals and society through the misuse of alcohol. The GA also welcomed the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
The Addictions report examined the root causes of drug and alcohol abuse in our society and suggest positive ways for individuals, and the Church, to respond.
The Church responded to the Scottish Government's discussion paper on Changing Scotland's relationship with alcohol in 2008.
A sub-group was set up in 2005 to gather evidence on interactive TV, internet gambling, sports sponsorship, stock market, and super casinos. The group brought reports to the General Assembly 2007 and General Assembly 2008. The Church responded to the UK Government's consultation on remote gambling in Great Britain in 2010.