When our guest found himself searching abandoned buildings and dangerous streets looking for his missing son, he had no idea that the synthetic, pill-form heroin that had snared his teen was already killing so many. In the years of pain and heartache that followed as he tried to save his son from opioid addiction, our guest discovered what the American public is just now becoming aware of: opiates prescribed for even minor pain relief are so addictive that even a few days of use can create dependency. Join us for a wake-up call on the epidemic that is sweeping our country.
Are you clueless about structuring ministry for those diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other difficulties in your church? What role can the Church play in removing the stigma often associated with mental illness? How can we learn to be supportive and compassionate for those who struggle? Our guest is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He joins us today to challenge a sleepy Church to wake-up and learn to minister to the broken among us.
Rick Van Warner is a 30-year veteran of journalism, crisis management, and media relations. Rick was compelled to share his personal story to help other families after recognizing the endemic nature of the current opioid addiction epidemic. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Van Warner began his career as a daily newspaper reporter. Always willing to tackle tough challenges, he also volunteered as a social worker within the New York State youth justice division, where he counseled teens confined to group homes after committing serious crimes.
Dr. Stephen Grcevich (MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University) served as the founding Board President of Key Ministry and currently serves the ministry as Director of Strategic Initiatives. He has extensive research experience evaluating medications prescribed to children and teens for ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Grcevich has been a presenter at over 35 national and international medical conferences and is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He regularly blogs at Church4EveryChild and frequently speaks at national and international ministry conferences on mental health and spiritual development.