Published: February 26, 2021

Loretto UMC To Host LCSAP Faith Forum

by Trea Dunnavant

LCSAP Coalition Project Coordinator

It is no secret that Substance Use Disorder (SUD) affects all of us in a variety of ways. Most have family, friends, co-workers and frequent acquaintances who are living with some form of a SUD. Today, there is almost no setting or event in life where we are not faced with the realities of SUD, including our services and locations of worship.

“Many people participating in our local churches are also facing the realities of SUD whether within themselves or with someone they care about,” Lawrence County Substance Abuse Prevention Director Alesha Harris said. “Pastors, Youth and Children’s ministers, Lay ministers and various leaders in our faith congregations are constantly helping connect people who live with SUD or their family members to resources they need such as rehabilitation and support groups.”

Although this is the case, many we talk with often struggle with the true understanding of what a SUD actually is and what really needs to be done in order to help someone long term.

“Many withing our churches want to help, but either do not fully understand the science of SUD or are stuck trying to figure out how to help them,” Harris said.

“This is why, among the many resources our coalition offers to Lawrence County, we frequently provide trainings for specific demographics or sectors within our county, such as our faith community.”

Loretto First United Methodist Church will be hosting LCSAP Coalition’s next Faith Forum, Tuesday, March 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

“LCSAP’s Faith Forums are events where church representatives of various denominations get together to engage in education and conversation in order to better to serve their congregation and community regarding matters of Substance Use Disorder and other pertinent subject matters concerning them,” Harris said.

“At this Faith Forum, State of Tennessee Director of Faith Based Initiatives Jaime Harper will present Addictive Mind Training helping congregations understand how the mind of substance use disorder works and is created along with tools to help minister to those living with a substance use disorder.”

If you or someone in your congregation is interested in attending the event, RSVP by Friday, March 5, by submitting to this Eventbrite link, , calling 931-244-5533 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“If we can ever be of help in any way regarding anything related to SUD, do not hesitate to reach out to us,” Harris said.

“Together, we can make Lawrence County safe, healthy and drug free.”