Substance abuse = Child abuse


Child abuse = Substance abuse

Consider this for a moment. Every person struggling with substance abuse has a story. Many times, the pain and trauma in their stories surpasses our ability to ever comprehend. Those of us working at CareCenter Ministries know these stories and each andevery single one of the faces behind them. We have prayed with them, cried with them, and fought alongside of them to ensure that they come to the saving truth found in Christ's freedom from all of the wounds of their past. We make it our mission to share thesetestimonies. 

Too often, it's easy for someone who does not understand to judge. Our communities see the effects of drug addiction waring on their faces on the local newspaper roster, but rarely do we see past our judgement and straight to the hurt. Too often, evenour church-going community will forget the salvation Christ extended to each one of us. We must never forget what Christ has redeemed us of and in embracing that knowledge, we are free to love others through Christ. Even if we may never understand, we can feelwhat God feels for them because His sacrifice was for all.

Many who struggle in life today were once a child hiding in the corner of a bedroom from their abusive father, or holding their dying over-dosed mom in their arms, or a myriad of other tragic situations they never asked for. Our mission at CareCenter isto restore the hearts of the broken and show them another way - a path of hope, freedom, and immense purpose. 

Join us in breaking the cycle. Rise up and help save this generation and the next!

"According to PCANY, drugs or alcohol contribute to 70 percent of cases of child maltreatment, meaning physical abuse or neglect." "Children who have experienced abuse and maltreatment show changes in important parts of their brains. These changes are linked to depression, drug addiction, schizophrenia and other mental health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University." Bottom line: Child abuse perpetuates substance abuse for future generations. End the cycle! Save your future generations by acting today to help today's children.


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We are facing an opioid crisis in Arkansas (and all of the US). Programs like CareCenter Ministries saves lives! 

The fatality numbers are staggering. With almost 44,000 combined nationwide, if each state could work hard to save just 878 of these, there would be no more fathers who won’t walk their daughters down the aisle, mothers who won’t get to hold theirgrandchildren, or kids who won’t get to grow up and live the beautiful life God has for them. 

We CAN make a difference. Every small ripple can lead to a huge impact! Will you support us in the mission to help? 


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In 2014, there were 466 motor vehicle fatalities in Arkansas. Of that 466, 35% were caused by drunk driving.

CareCenter Ministries seeks to provide faith-based services for those struggling with all forms of addiction, including alcohol. A person struggling with this addiction can find themselves not only costing their families, their jobs, and their housing, but also their lives - or the lives of someone else. When we address the addiction of alcoholism, we can literally save lives.

This is according to statistics sited on:

All 50 states in the US now apply two statutory offenses to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The first (and original) offense is known either as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI), or operatingwhile intoxicated/impaired (OWI).

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"In Arkansas, just over 11 percent of children live in a household maintained by a grandparent or other non-parent relative. Just over 38,155 grandparents are raising their grandchildren." (A previous study cited parent's drug addiction as the leading reason.) 

Substance abuse not only affects the individual, but their children and their (often elderly) parents. Today, more and more children are being raised by their grandparents as a direct result of their parent's drug addictions. As CareCenter combats the drug epidemic faced by our community, we enable the restoration of families. We are blessed to witness the reunions of many parents with their children after they have completed our free, 1-year residential treatment program. For many children, having their parent return to them restored and set free is often the first moments they have ever experienced the true relationship they can have together. With a capable parent who is now empowered to lead them the way God designed, they not only impact their children, but statistically around 10 others in a positive way. 


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"In Arkansas, about 22,000 adolescents aged 12– 17 (9.3% of all adolescents) per year in 2013–2014 reported using illicit drugs within the month prior to being surveyed. The percentage did not change significantly from 2010–2011 to 2013–2014." Any child could be part of the 9.3%, even yours.

How do kids begin using drugs? Is it peer pressure? Is it parental negligence? Easy access to illegal substances? A troubled home life? A desensitized awareness of the problem with the general public? It is all of the above. If we can work together and effect each area of how drugs get into the hands of our children by even a percentage, then we will effect the overall statistics. We can make a difference, but we have to invest in our children. We have to be vigilant. We have to wake up to the problems that are right here in our community. 

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Human Trafficking happens in Arkansas. "Between Dec '12-Dec '16, there were 191 reported cases and 490 potential persons trafficked." These statistics include women, men, and children.

It comes as a surprise to many that human trafficking not only exists within our own community, but is also more prevalent today in America than in time's past. Many women who have come into our program have at one time experienced being trafficked. CareCenterwas privileged to have On Time Ministries speak at our Enlighten Women's Conference on this very real and serious issue. We heard the inspiring story of a young female survivor and we are blessed to partner with this fantastic ministry. 

According to The Administration for Children and Families, "between December 2012 and December 2016, there were 191 reported cases (in Arkansas) and 490 potential persons trafficked." These statistics include women, men, and children. 

Through the Men and Ladies of Honor after-school program, we are able provide faith-based mentorship, accountability, and confidence-building skills for regular and at-risk youth within the community. We can save our children from falling victim to humantrafficking. 

If you would be interested in learning more about the Men and Ladies of Honor program and how you can sponsor a child's membership, please visit the Our Ministries page.


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"In many situations, substance abuse is a result of homelessness rather than a cause. People who are homeless often turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their situations. They use substances in an attempt to attain temporary relief from their problems. In reality, however, substance dependence only exacerbates their problems and decreases their ability to achieve employment stability and get off the streets. Additionally, some people may view drug and alcohol use as necessary to be accepted among the homeless community"

According to, there were 2,467 homeless people in the state of Arkansas during the year 2017.

Homelessness happens to people every day in the state of Arkansas. The homeless population right here in Mountain Home is much greater than what we are able to see. Many of these individuals hide from the public for their own protection. While a leading cause of homelessness is substance abuse addiction, there are also many individuals and families who are simply in this unfortunate circumstance due to reasons such as job loss, housefire, disability, and many other causes which can happen to anyone. Many people are homeless due to a couple bad life choices or unexpected events which were out of their control. Regardless of the cause, we are called to love and to serve all. 

One way CareCenter Ministries assists the homeless is by providing services for those who suffer with life-controlling substance addiction. Many of those who have been helped through CareCenter have at one time experienced homelessness due to variable reasons. If you know of someone suffering with addiction, reach out to them and offer them a hand up through our ministry program. 

When you support CareCenter Ministries, you enable us to provide help for loved ones with substance abuse addictions and help them avoid homelessness.

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Baxter County, and all of Arkansas, is facing a foster care crisis. Often times, due to substance abuse issues, parents are unable to properly care for their children. CareCenter Ministries aims to help these parents through their addictions so they can eventually return to their children. We are privileged to be a part of the work God is doing in reunifying families through healing and rehabilitation.

When you support CareCenter Ministries, you support the entire family dynamic, including the children who are often times caught in the middle. When an individual is restored to be the parent  God intended them to be, cycles of addiction are broken for generations to come. That is an exciting thing to be a part of!

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"Altogether, people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs attempt to kill themselves nearly six times as frequently as people who don’t abuse these substances."

When someone reaches out to CareCenter Ministries for help with their life-controlling substance abuse issues, they are taking active steps away from hopelessness and into the light of new beginnings. Many of the people we serve know what it's like to feel overwhelmed in despair and bondage. Many have attempted to take their own lives and by God's grace, are still here today, now free from that hopeless path they once walked. 

When you help a person struggling in substance abuse, you provide them with the tools to find freedom and a reason to live. God has a divine purpose for each and every one of us, and it's our passion at CareCenter Ministries to enable struggling individuals with the help to get there. 


No one is immune to domestic violence. It effects not only the relationships within a marriage, but also devastates children who are witness to these atrocious acts. Women and Children First of Arkansas says that:

  • 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse.
  • 1 in 3 teenage girls will be physically assaulted by a boyfriend.

These are our sisters, daughters, friends, wives, and mothers. These violent acts against women help to only perpetuate further violence for generations to come. "50% of girls growing up in an abusive home will go on to be victums of abuse themselves." Commonly associated with substance abuse, families across Arkansas and beyond are impacted every single day. We simply must do more to not only save marriages, but lives. Love doesn't hurt. If you know of someone in an abusive relationship, please encourage them to seek help before it's too late. 



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"Arkansas had the 4th highest teen birth rate in the United States in 2012. More than 4,300 girls ages 15 through 19 gave birth - approximately 12 per day." 

Ladies of Honor is an after-school youth program hosted by CareCenter Ministries. The mission of Ladies of Honor is to develop passionate followers of Jesus Christ by training and mentoring teenage girls in the principles of purity, honor, moral excellence, leadership and courageous womanhood. Programs which provide these resources to youth within our community can have a direct impact on this alarming pregnancy statistic.

To learn more about this great program, visit: 



August is Overdose Awareness Month. With the recent news that 76 people suddenly collapsed from extreme overdoses in New Haven, CT, it remains especially important for our community to discuss the risks and dangers of substance abuse. 

In addition to health risks derived from regular illegal drugs, often they can be laced with additional, unknown substances which are far more toxic. The likely cause for this week's overdose epidemic in CT was fentanyl. Accordingto an article Sacramento County News, "Fentanyl is estimated to be 80 times as potentas morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin." And because fentanyl is undetectable, an unsuspecting buyer puts themselves at extreme risk."

The overdose numbers in CT were alarming to many, yet they represent only a fraction of daily overdose numbers across the nation. "According to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths in 2010, 30,006 of which were unintentional. That's a rate of 105 every day, and that number doesn't take into account the 6,748 people treated every day for the misuse or abuse of drugs."


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A lesser-known, yet commonly used substance to get high is inhalants. According to,"By the time students in the US reach eight grade, one in five will have used inhalants." They go on to say that as of a study done in 2007, "inhalants were the substance most frequently abused by youth aged 12-13." 

Inhalants can be deadly. According to,"22% of inhalant abusers who died had no history of previous inhalant abuse." 

Some commonly used household items include:

Paint thinner, nail polish remover, degreaser, dy-cleaning fluid, gasoline, art and office supplies, spray paint, hair spray, deodorant spray, vegetable oil sprays, butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream dispensers, and leather cleaner.*

In addition to the risk of sudden death, inhalant abuse can lead to heart and liver damage, as well as permanent damage to the body's nerve fibers and brain cells.

Talk to your children about the serious, life-threatening risks of inhalant abuse. Encourage them to speak out and seek help for any friends they may know who are participating in this dangerous activity. Your conversation can save a life. 


*this is a partial list taken from

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When we discuss topics about substance abuse, mental health, and how these issues effect those we love, we also have to continue addressing the very hard topic of suicide. According to, "Those with substance abuse disorders are six times more likely to complete suicide than those without. The rate of completed suicide among men with alcohol/drug abuse problems is 2-3 times higher than among those without a problem. Women who abuse substances are at 6-9 times higher risk of suicide compared to women who do not have a problem." The chances that someone you love struggles with thoughts of suicide are high.  In addition to substance abuse,depression can also lead to suicidal thoughts. 

CareCenter Ministries receives calls from those within our community asking for counseling and looking for hope. We have successfully helped bring many program participants from darkness to the lighto f the Gospel and the eternal hope which can only be found in Christ. 

Because Baxter County has the highest suicide rate in Arkansas, CareCenter Ministries intends to address this issue on a broader scale. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact us or the following programs below for help. Don't delay. Help can be found today.

More details on our expanding ministry coming soon!

Resources for help:

Our Office: 870-701-5078
1-800-273-8255 Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-525-love K-Love Pastors/Prayer support


Did YOU Know?

According to the AACAP, "In the 15-24 year age range, 50% of deaths (from accidents, homicides, suicides) involved alcohol or drug abuse."

If you suspect that your loved one struggles with substance abuse, seek help right away. Signs include: being withdrawn, lower academic scores, visual cues to being high, suddenly hanging out with negative crowds, and loss of interest in social activities and hobbies, just to name a few.

The sooner you seek help for your youth, the sooner you can address the causes which led them towards illegal substances. Often times, youth experiment with marijuana and go on to try more dangerous drugs soon after. 

How We Can Help: 

Men and Ladies of Honor Youth Program


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"When teens were asked where they would get prescription drugs, the most common sources were home, parents, and other family members and friends. For the second year in a row, more teens said prescription drugs were easier to buy than beer."

This data is according to an article published in Columbus Parent. Teenage substance abuse can begin right from home, at your own medicine cabinet. When youth are provided with easy access to prescription drugs, they can ingest, overdose, and even sell these pills to others. Parents must ensure that all prescriptions, including liquids, are kept out of reach and in a locked cabinet or storage area.

Begin having conversations about medication safety with your children as soon as possible. Curiousity and accessibility can lead to injury and even accidental death. Illegal prescription drug sales are a real problem among teens and can be better avoided if parents simply practice responsible handling of their medications. This is a significant issue which we can do something about if we act smart and work together.

For more information, go to:

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According to *studies done by the CDC and NIH, it has been discovered that Baxter County has the HIGHEST suicide rate of all 75 counties in Arkansas. This is a sobering statistic.

When we encounter information like this, it’s something that causes our hearts to question – how did we come to this? According to, which sites the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, taking the lives of approximately 43,000 Americans per year. Aside from mental illnesses, there are several risk factors that may contribute to thoughts of suicide, attempted suicide, and actual suicide. They include:

• Previous suicide attempts
• Substance abuse
• Incarceration
• Family history of suicide
• Poor job security or low levels of job satisfaction
• History of being abused or witnesses continuous abuse
• Being diagnosed with a serious medical condition, such as cancer or HIV
• Being socially isolated or a victim of bullying
• Being exposed to suicidal behavior

We at CareCenter Ministries are as grieved by these statistics as you are. Issues such as these only serve to confirm why our program is so vital to this community. If we avoid knowing (and sharing) the truth about the issues faced here in our beautiful town, how can we help? It does no good to hide from these problems. By working together through our Men’s and Woman’s Residential programs and other community serve projects, we are making effective changes which will redirect this alarming trajectory. Our *testimonies are full of men and women who either contemplated or attempted suicide and found hope through participation in our program. Every day, we work to bring that message of hope and healing to people formerly incarcerated, who had a history of abuse, were homeless, and suffer from various substance abuse addictions. These issues are at the very core of this suicide epidemic.

We love our community. We love raising our children here and being a part of the many wonderful things that make this place our home. By spreading awareness, we can all come together and make a positive impact for the good. Will you consider helping us?

Fill out our volunteer form today! Go to:

*visit our regional missionaries page

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With the news that, “2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level,” there is clearly work to be done. 

CareCenter Ministries are at the cusp of exciting change, but the community needs your help. As more horrifying statistics come to light, the only way we can see true progress is by working together. Whenever a loved one falls into addiction, it’s CareCenterMinistries’ purpose to stand in the gap and assist them in getting to a stable place in life. This not only includes freedom from addiction, but providing them with services which will empower them to lead successful lives after they graduate. With these vital tools, our graduates are better equipped for the new path which lies ahead.


These Services Include: 

·        Relationship classes

·        Financial management

·        GED

·        Job training  

·        Access to literacy resources

·        Access to bachelor’s degree through ISOM

·         Biblical Christian foundation

·         Ministry on life-controlling issues

·         Ministry for mental and emotional abuse/damage


“More than 75 percent of America's children say family members, family friends, teachers, coaches and community leaders are their role models, according to the 2008-2009 State of Our Nation’s Youth survey by the Horatio Alger Association. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Service conducted a study in 2002 to “examine the relationships between role model characteristics, psychosocial functioning and health-risk behaviors.” The results showed that 56 percent of the adolescents identified with role models. Those who identified with role models they knew personally showed higher levels of self-esteem and stronger academics”


CareCenter Ministries also seeks to provide at-risk youth with resources and strong role models through the Men and Ladies of Honor program. This program is vital to helping ensure that troubled youth avoid issues later by assisting with personal identity, dignity, morals, and supporting the fatherless.





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When we learn that “75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes,” we see the continuing patterns of destruction to the family. When a father struggles with substance abuse issues, this creates broken families. Divorce, financial ruin, and incarceration are just some of the results from substance abuse which impact the family. When the children of these fathers grow up, they in turn become more likely to repeat this vicious cycle. As a community, if we can come together and address the issues of substance abuse, which are one of the leading causes of fatherless homes, we can make a defining difference for our families.


Source: Rainbows for all God’s Children