“The faith community plays a vital role in building social values, informing the actions of individuals and inculcating life skills that are critical to resisting illegal drugs. The clergy – rabbis, priests, and ministers – all serve as civic leaders. Many run programs that provide much-needed counseling and drug treatment for members of their communities.”

(Office of National Drug Control Policy, Policy – A Comprehensive Approach https://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/policy/99ndcs/iv-a.html)

 

Faith’s Influence

The CASA survey, National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, Compared to teens who attend religious services four times a month or more, those who attend religious services less than four times a month are:

  • Twice as likely to have used marijuana (18 percent vs. 9 percent);
  • Almost twice as likely to have used alcohol (33 percent vs. 18 percent); and
  • More likely to have used tobacco (11 percent vs. 8 percent).

(Back to School Survey, National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, - Attending Religious Services: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), August 2012, http://www.casacolumbia.org/addiction-research/reports/national-survey-american-attitudes-substance-abuse-teens-2012)