‘Collateral Damage’ reaches out to those hurt by addiction of others

Look up collateral damage in the dictionary and here is the definition you’ll find:

David Julen

“Any death, injury, or other damage inflicted that is an incidental result of an activity. Originally coined by military operations, it is now also used in non-military contexts.”

So what does collateral damage have to do with drug addiction.

Pastor Joe Bell

A good answer comes from a Furman University student named Sam Fowler who recently produced a “Ted Talk” video about the impact of addiction on spouses and families.

“Remember,” she said. “The addict is numb. He or she does not know what it is going on. But the family is not numb. And addiction is often more dangerous to family members than it is to the addict.”

Fowler’s video will kick off a program next week aimed at the families of addicts as well as church pastors, lay leaders, and those who simply want to know more about the impact of addiction on families.

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