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A Father and Son's Story of Overcoming Addiction

Wherever you are in the world, there is an epidemic happening all around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a big city or a small town—or whether you’re poor or wealthy—drug abuse and addiction is everywhere and it seems to be getting worse.

This week on the radio program, we’re starting a series that’s very personal for my wife Janet and me. It’s called Grace for an Addicted World, and it’s personal because it was 15 years ago this month that we lost our oldest son to a drug overdose. We’re telling our story on the air, but we’re also sharing stories from others who have encountered Christ amid their own devastating struggles with addiction.

One of these stories comes from Buffalo, NY. We’re sharing it on the program this Wednesday, but we didn’t have enough space to share the whole thing. Here is the uncut interview I did with Neil Boron, who hosts an afternoon talk show on WDCX called Lifeline, along with his son Zach, who now works with is dad at the radio station as the show’s producer.

It’s an inspiring story about a son who became overwhelmed with addiction and a father who cried out to the Lord for help. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit intervened.



SavingALife-productDrug addiction is running rampant in our neighborhoods and many of our homes. If it’s not you or your family, then it’s probably someone you know. I want to encourage you to listen to the full series this week on how the Lord intervenes for those caught up in addiction. But I also want to encourage you to read a book by Janet and me about our oldest son who died of a drug overdose. It’s called Saving a Life.

We didn’t want to write something full of platitudes. We were still grieving. Instead of writing a book full of steps on how you can help someone, or how you can even help yourself, this book is an honest look into the raw and ugly pain that addiction brings. The problem is we can’t save ourselves or the ones we love—but there is someone who can.

Throughout this book, you will see our journey and read the tangible ways that the Holy Spirit has given us hope and courage in our lives. It’s our hope that you find the strength to stand up against addiction through the power of Jesus. His grace is for people struggling with addiction, as well as those who pray for them.


As the leader of the Haven Ministries, Charles Morris is always thinking of ways to lead Christians and non-Christians to Christ—hence the familiar slogan, “Telling the great story … it’s all about Jesus.” A former secular journalist, Charles has worked for United Press International, and as a press secretary for two former U.S. senators. He and his wife, Janet, have authored several books, including Missing Jesus. Charles’ latest book is Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus: The Real Story of God At Work.
Most of the thoughts above are taken from broadcasts of Haven Today. Corum Hughes serves as the editor of this blog and coordinator for Haven’s social media content. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Corum lives in Boise, ID with his wife Molly.

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