PAINKILLERS

How Do You Deal With Pain...Emotional Pain...Physical Pain...
As Painkillers Cripple a Nation, Eden Westside Fights Back

According to the latest statistics available from the American Society of Addiction Information, more than 20% of Americans age 12 and older have a substance abuse problem. Some are addicted to prescription drugs, like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. Others turn to illegal drugs, including heroine (which is currently rising the fastest in the U.S.), cocaine, and other painkillers.

The Problems with Painkillers

Alcohol and other "safer" alternatives -- including bath salts, marijuana, and K2-Spice -- lead to many of the same issues seen with opiate and hardcore drug addictions. Addicts are more likely to become victims of crime, more likely to die prematurely, more likely to live in homelessness, more likely to become victims of human trafficking, and many other scary prognoses.

About one-quarter of all people who try some kind of "painkillers" end up with a problematic addiction. Addictions tend to be chronic and relapsing, often resulting in a lifetime of problems for the addict, as well as their family, friends, and all of society.

The reason these drugs are so hard to stop is that they block the pain receptors in the brain. Addicts become dependent on these drugs to stop their pain -- and quitting the drugs leads to unbearably painful withdrawal symptoms. Oddly, painkilling drugs dull the body's ability to feel emotional pain, as well as physical pain. So, someone is equally at risk of becoming addicted to dodging the pain of emotional hurts like broken relationships, abuse and neglect, rejection or loss, just like they would if they had a bum knee or a bad back. According to the brain, pain is pain.

Overdoses on drugs are the single greatest cause of preventable deaths in the US, leading to more than 50,000 completely avoidable deaths every year, and rising at four times the rate seen in the late 90's.

Addictions Cripple a Nation

In early August, faced with an unending series of horrifying reports of opiate and painkiller abuse and overdoses, President Trump declared opiate addiction in America a "national emergency," vowing to dedicate more federal resources to fight the problem. Across the country, emergency workers debate the use of lifesaving drugs issued to overdose victims, and leaders at all levels of government struggle to justify funding for habitual addicts and drug overdose victims when schools, roads, and other needs of society compete for limited resources. Do we continue to fund rescuing the addicts when our kids are in desperate need of better math classes and access to quality healthcare?

But painkillers aren't just a national issue. The real effects aren't the debates in Washington or town hall meetings. The real effects are what mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, best friends and coworkers deal with on a daily basis. Its’ families broken apart by addiction, kids who can't always depend on regular mealtimes, parents who go weeks and months without being able to find their wandering babies, and jobs lost when addicts just can't keep up with the workload because the need to get high is so strong.

What About the Pain We Keep Trying to "Kill"?

Why are painkillers such a problem? Probably because so many people are in so much pain. Divorce, victims of abuse and neglect, people dealing with PTSD and post-abortion syndrome, those struggling with the issues of being gay or transgender ... there are many reasons why people are suffering and looking for a way out of pain. But there is only one Painkiller who doesn't come with any side effects, withdrawal symptoms, the potential for overdose, or even a hefty price tag.

Other Unhealthy Ways We Try to Deal with Pain

Painkillers are a problem, but not all people in pain turn to illegal drugs for the answers. There are things that can be just as detrimental to a person's life as heroine, cocaine and methamphetamines -- even though they aren't illegal and don't show up on a blood test.

Some people isolate themselves from other people -- believing that they can avoid more pain if they don't get close enough to anyone to get hurt. Other people take the exact opposite approach, surrounding themselves with a long string of unhealthy relationships to try to avoid dealing with the pain and emptiness they feel inside. It's also common for folks to bury themselves in other things -- music or sports or shopping or other 'idols' -- anything they can keep busy with so that they don't have to think about their pain. People even hide behind a mask of "intellect" to shield them the pain.

What if we told you there was a Painkiller who didn't merely cover up your pain, but took it completely away? What if we said that there was a relationship that didn't just stand in for those you've lost, but fills the void completely? What if we told you that there was a way to forget the hurt of broken relationships, the terror of PTSD, the guilt of abortion and other sin, and even the confusion of the LBGTQ lifestyle? EWBC doesn't offer you a painkiller. We want to present you with a Pain Taker.

The Pain-Free Solution

Whatever your pain is, Eden Westside wants to introduce you to our Pain Taker and Savior, Jesus Christ. You will be truly amazed.  Join us beginning Sunday, September 17, 2017 for 7 weeks of teaching specially prepared by Pastor Jacky Connell. We'll talk about all the scary painkillers the world uses...

  • Isolation
  • Inappropriate Relationships
  • Independent Spirit
  • Idolatry
  • Intoxication
  • Intellectual Sabotage
  • Insecurity

... and, we'll introduce you to the Pain Taker who heals instead of just covering your pain with addictions and problems.

Eden Westside Baptist Church is a place to heal, help and call home.  One church with two locations:  Eden Campus is located at 223 Wolf Creek Road North in Pell City and River Campus is located in Leeds on Hwy. 78 just past the Shops of Grand River.  For dates, locations and information, please visit www.EdenWestside.org.

PAINKILLERS
Teaching Series

Sunday mornings: Eden Campus (8:10 AM & 11:00 AM | Leeds River Campus (11:00 AM)

Week 1 - Isolation
Week 2 - Inappropriate Relationships
Week 3 - Independent Spirit
Week 4 - Idolatry

Week 5 - Intoxication
Week 6 - Intellectual Sabotage
Week 7 - Insecurity

Don't miss this important series and invite your friends!

Week 1: Isolation

Week 1: Isolation

Click on the video below to watch Week 1 Painkillers: Isolation

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 1 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Isolation.

Week 1 Daily Video Devotions

Video Blog Introduction

Week 1: Monday

Week 1: Tuesday

Week 1: Wednesday

Week 1: Thursday

Week 1: Friday

Additional Resources for Isolation

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Week 2: Inappropriate Relationships

Click on the video below to watch Week 2 Painkillers: Inappropriate Relationships

Week 2 Sunday Evening: Real People, Real Pain, Real Jesus Real Life Stories from Real People

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 2 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Inappropriate Relationships.

Week 2 Daily Video Devotions

Week 2: Monday

Week 2: Tuesday

Week 2: Wednesday

Week 2: Thursday

Week 2: Friday

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Week 3: Independent Spirit

Click on the video below to watch Week 3 Painkillers: Independent Spirit

Week 3 Sunday Evening: Real People, Real Pain, Real Jesus:  Real Life Stories from Real People

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 3 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Independent Spirit.

Week 3: Monday

Week 3: Tuesday

Week 3: Wednesday

Week 3: Thursday

Week 3: Friday

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Click on the video below to watch Week 4 Painkillers: Idolatry

Week 4 Sunday Evening: Real People, Real Pain, Real Jesus: Real Life Stories from Real People

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 4 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Idolatry.

Week 4: Monday

Week 4: Tuesday

Week 4: Wednesday

Week 4: Thursday

Week 4: Friday

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Click on the video below to watch Week 5 Painkillers: Intoxication

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 5 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Intoxication.

Week 5: Monday

Week 5: Tuesday

Week 5: Wednesday

Week 5: Thursday

Week 5: Friday

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Week 6: Intellectual Sabotage

Week 6: Intellectual Sabotage

Click on the video below to watch Week 6 Painkillers: Intellectual Sabotage

Week 6 Sunday Evening: Real People, Real Pain, Real Jesus:  Real Life Stories from Real People

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 6 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Intellectual Sabotage.

Week 6: Monday

Week 6: Tuesday

Week 6: Wednesday

Week 6: Thursday

Week 6: Friday

Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.

Click on the video below to watch Week 7 Painkillers: Insecurity

Week 7 Sunday Evening: Real People, Real Pain, Real Jesus:  Real Life Stories from Real People

Join us right here on this webpage each day Monday through Friday during Week 7 for a daily video devotion that corresponds with this week's teaching segment on Painkillers:  Insecurity.

Week 7: Monday

Week 7: Tuesday

Week 7: Wednesday

Week 7: Thursday

Week 7: Friday

Other Resources

Unarming the Enemy

Additional Resources

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Eden Westside is a place to heal, help and call home.