There is a Community Forum scheduled for Monday, February 27 at 7:00pm that is open to the Overton County and surrounding counties public to attend.  Drug and alcohol addiction is breaking up marriages, destroying homes, crippling children’s futures, and laying waste to our local community.  Pictured here are (L to R): Roger Phillips, Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition Director, Overton County Sheriff John Garrett, Pastor Scott Allred, Livingston First Baptist Senior Pastor, and Pastor Tim McLauchlin, Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland Executive Director as they discuss the plans for the community meeting.

People recover from addiction every day.  Families are rebuilt.  Lives are restored. But recovery rarely happens in a vacuum.  It takes a community willing to stand beside the person, to support them, and to help lead them out of the darkness. 

The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services has launched an exciting, new mission partnering with faith-based communities across the state.  Together, we are building a recovery network comprised of compassionate and concerned citizens who are reaching out to those struggling with addictions and connecting them to vital substance abuse services.  The Overton County and surrounding communities can join this effort.

People attending this forum will:

  • Learn about the disease of addiction and understand what recovery is and how both affect the community and how it may be affecting members of your congregation.
  • Have the opportunity apply as a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based Organization in the State of Tennessee.
  • Learn about resources in the region and their own community to support their congregation and community members struggling with addiction.
  • Learn about Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and their work in the communities in Tennessee and how congregations can support coalition’s efforts to prevent substance abuse and what strategies address the impact on the region.

The Community Forum will be held Monday, February 27, 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Livingston First Baptist Church Life Center, located at 708 E. Main St, Livingston, TN  38570.  For more information, call Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland at 888-688-0470.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the forum!