Addictions program offers hope
Where: Hope Baptist Church, Dillsboro
When: Friday nights @7p.m.
Who: Anyone with any type of addiction
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
There are 25 million addicts, according to Reformers Unanimous
Addictions Program, a fast growing faith-based program that after
ten years of existence, proves a high success rate.
These staggering statistics do not surprise Tom Holt, pastor of
Hope Baptist Church on US 50 near Dillsboro. After having a career
in law enforcement for 33 years, where he worked with drug task
enforcement agencies in Florida and served as prosecutor and police
chief in Ripley County, he has seen the devastation addictions
bring to families.
God is the ultimate answer, Holt declared, as his
church launches this powerful program. Ive seen other
programs and theres not a lot out there that works. This
is it - the word of God is quick and powerful. Holt knows
about success. He started preaching at the church when there were
about a dozen people in attendance. Today, they average over 250
weekly in the morning service and have had as many as 600 for
concerts. He attributes all successes to God.
If you have any kind of addiction you are welcome to join others
on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593
US Hwy. 50, Dillsboro. Led by Larry Caplinger, the program reaches
out to adults who are struggling with an addiction or a stubborn
habit. There are more than 500 chapters of Reformers Unanimous
across the United States with the Dillsboro chapter being the
closest one within 50 miles in Indiana.
This program works for any addiction, noted Caplinger,
who said if people are willing to yield to Christ, they can be
set free from whatever it is that has a hold on them.
The free confidential program is low key and welcomes people to
share or simply listen. The come as you are approach
Caplinger explained that there are all types of addictions: debt,
watching TV, eating, substance abuse, computer usage and so much
more. If you have any type of addiction, this program will
work, he noted, saying, youre not too good or
bad for this program.
When people hit the bottom, this program will help them. When
theyre almost at the bottom, it will still help, according
to the organizers. Reformers Unanimous says over 80 percent of
addicts are functioning addicts. They have jobs, careers, families
and homes. They are still addicts.
If your excuse for not coming to the meetings is you dont
have a ride, thats taken care of. The church will provide
transportation. Just call the chapter director Larry Caplinger
at 812-655-2300, church office, 812-432-3889, or his home number
at 812-432-2285. Childcare is also provided free of charge.
Being connected to a strong church is also important when going
through the program. If you dont have a home church, you
are welcome at Hope Baptist, according to Holt and Caplinger.
They offer ministries such as adult and childrens choir,
youth and teen programs, ladies fellowship, provide nursery, soul-winning
and visitation programs.
Those attending the Reformers Unanimous have a special place on
Sunday mornings at Hope Baptist. They are invited to attend a
Sunday School class that will enhance the program they learn about
on Friday nights. Sunday School starts at 10:00 a.m., followed
by Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. and the evening service begins
at 7:00 p.m.
The addiction program works with founder and National Director
Steve Curington being living proof. While he was brought up in
the church, he says he still became addicted to cocaine and alcohol.
Addiction robbed me of all self-esteem and a prosperous
career, and crippled me with debt.
Curington goes on to tell his testimony, However, at the
age of 28, I nearly died in a drunken driving accident. With a
punctured lung quickly drowning me in my own blood, I cried out
to God. God changed his life and the foundation was laid
for the program that is continuing to change lives across the
nation. Today the founder has a beautiful family, a debt-free
lifestyle, a career that sees him in an executive position in
a petroleum industry, and the founder of Reformers Unanimous.
God has done all of this. The best I could do for myself
was a life crippled in addiction, debt, and misery.
If you have a similar story and want a way out, try the program.
You dont have to pre-register, just show up at one of the
Friday night meetings where youll be welcomed.