Karl Benzio, Julie Woodley and the rest of the Lighthouse crew arrived in Uganda on August 1. We will be sending updates along the way. Here are the latest photos.
We thank those of you who made it possible for us to travel to Uganda to minister to these precious people. God bless you and please pray for them and the Lighthouse Network team as we share God’s Word and the hope and healing that can be found through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Lighthouse Network Warns Parents: Prescription Drug Use at Highest Rates Ever in the U.S.
With Dr. Manny Alvarez recently warning the Obama administration about the ongoing dangers of teen drug use, all eyes are on the losing battles we face every day to keep American teens away from substance use and abuse.
But what’s even more troubling is the increasing trend of teens using common household substances in combination or in large quantities to get high. It seems that nearly anything, from the well-known cough syrup to bath salts or even the kitchen spice nutmeg are being used to help teens get high.
Parents of addicted teens may see a cycle of erratic behavior and withdrawal symptoms that range from fatigue, depression, sleep issues, vomiting, or restlessness to more life-threatening issues like seizures. Often, school studies, finances, health, jobs, and relationships typically suffer based on the addict’s behavior.But Benzio stresses that help is available and freedom from addiction is possible.
Comments From Lighthouse Network Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Karl Benzio
“The trend toward using common items to create a high is dangerous on so many levels,” said Karl Benzio, M.D., Founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Network, the premier Christian addiction and mental health referral service. “We live in a culture needing quick solutions or instant satisfaction, so they will reach for anything. People using prescription drugs for ‘off-label’ indications and in quantities that provide the user a high can experience complications ranging from agitation and paranoia to seizures and death. A teen knows his friend’s parent’s medicine cabinet often resembles a candy store for pleasure.”