Jan 10 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A FAITH-based programme to help people overcome drug and drink addictions has launched its first UK chapter in Skelmersdale.
Reformers Unanimous, which has its headquarters in Illinois, USA, will hold meetings every Friday from 7-9pm at Skelmersdale Baptist Church.
James Mansfield, pastor for the church, which is based at Birch Green Community Centre, spoke of his hopes that it will help people in Skelmersdale conquer their addictions – such as drugs, alcohol, gambling or drink – through the bible-based programme.
He said: “This is the largest addiction programme of its kind, there are hundreds of different chapters in the USA but this is the first in England. We’re very excited about it.
“In Skelmersdale there are a lot of people seeking for help. “Friday evenings are the best time for it as it is when a lot of people get paid or want to party. We hope those who come to the sessions will leave, go to bed and wake up sober for the first time in a long time on the Saturday morning. Reformers Unanimous was set up by founder Steve Curington, who, after a ten-year addiction to drugs and alcohol, was able to put aside his addictions through his faith in Jesus Christ.
“The success rate is very high for the student who applies the curriculum and the principles taught and is faithful to the meetings.”
The addiction programme is split into three sections.
Mr Mansfield said: “In the first we talk to God, share and pray and watch a video of one of the principles you can live life by. The second sees people talk in a group with a counsellor to encourage each to work through their issues, while in the third we allow God to talk to us.”
Mr Mansfield, who set up Skelmersdale Baptist Church after moving to the area from the United States with wife Andrea, said: “This is an ideal place for the church.
“If Jesus was here today he would be helping people like those in Skelmersdale.”