The Rev. Robin Hinkle of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jasper will be teaching about the science of addiction this week as a way to introduce a new recovery group that will soon be meeting at the …
The Rev. Robin Hinkle of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jasper will be teaching about the science of addiction this week as a way to introduce a new recovery group that will soon be meeting at the church.
Hinkle will also be leading a special service on Sunday with her husband, Scott, who is living in recovery.
The church’s Recovery Week will begin Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with an Addiction 101 class for youth in Grades 7-12.
Hinkle said she will be covering brain science related to addiction, basic, age-appropriate information about alcohol and drug use and treatment.
“I want to give them some good information so that they can make conscious decisions based on facts. We’re trying to let them know that drugs are harmful in so many ways,” Hinkle said.
Hinkle will be leading a similar class for parents at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Hinkle will discuss the science of addiction in that presentation as well. However, she will also include information on preventative measures for parents and a more detailed discussion of treatment.
At 10 a.m. Hinkle and her husband will deliver a sermon titled “Recovery and Grace.”
Hinkle said spiritual well-being is a part of recovery and that members of the recovery community speak of the need to “let go and let God.”
“When you are an addict or are in a family caught in a cycle of addiction, there is a lot of darkness that surrounds that. The addict and the family members need to remember that God’s grace can heal all wounds,” Hinkle said. “On those days when we can’t do it, that’s exactly when He can come in and do it for us. We need to live into that grace. The addict needs to let go of trying to do it themselves and let God be in the dark with them helping them through, and the family has to let go of this person that we love so dearly and let them be the child of God they were created to be.”
All Recovery Week events are open to the general public.
Recovery Week will serve as the launch for an Al-Anon group that will begin meeting at St. Mary’s on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. The first meeting will be held May 12.
“This is our way of introducing this topic to the congregation and the community and to let people know this is a good, safe place for people and families to come if someone is struggling with addiction,” Hinkle said.