Matt Bays, former pastor on recovery from addictions in the Christian church. Author of Finding God in the Ruins. Bonus Video: U.S. Surgeon General on Addictions.

There is a public health epidemic in the United States of alcoholism and drug addiction, including in the Christian church among clergy and the people in the pews. There has been a significant increase in women alcoholics, including among older Christian women in Christian churches.  Many of our churches and Christians still lack the knowledge to discuss this epidemic and to offer proper support.


“According to the U.S. Surgeon General,  Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

‘Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. ‘Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.’

U.S. Surgeon General’s first-ever report on addiction in the United States:

Former pastor Matt Bays, a recovering alcoholic, has powerful words about this secret that is rarely talked about in our churches. Help is needed for those addicted and their families.

Matt has a great blog  Matt Bays also has a great book called Finding God in the Ruins about his journey.