Addiction Recovery Seminar



There are few things more devastating than watching a loved one destroy themselves. No matter what we say or do, it doesn’t seem to change their decisions… and it rips our hearts out in the process. But there is hope and help for those with a loved one in addiction. This session will talk about the impact of addiction on the family dynamics, including a discussion of enabling and codependency, and what it means to “love them to life.”


The growing controversy about Cannabis is due to several factors: rapid legalization or decriminalization, debate regarding medical marijuana, and increasing interest in cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Christians tend to lean toward either end of the spectrum: from “all things are permissible” to “nothing is beneficial or profitable.” This presentation provides clear information on the differences, uses, and effects of each type to help you make your own personal decision regarding cannabis.


The concept of shame is often overlooked or misused in providing spiritual care to those affected by addiction. Using the Parable of the Prodigal Son as a guide, this presentation offers pastors and ministry leaders insight into the shame that those in addiction struggle with, biblical warrant for addressing that shame, and strategies for helping prodigals reclaim their identity through your preaching, discipleship, and counseling ministries.

Ministering to women in addiction looks different than men. Based on both firsthand professional experience and research, this presentation will look at some of the realities of working with women recovering from addiction, uncover some of the prevalent social stigmas that push and keep women in the cycle of addiction, and how families and churches can respond to such issues.

Because addictions are complicated and controversial, many don’t understand what they are, why they happen, or what to do. This session will pull back the curtain, simplifying our understanding of addictions so we can have more success in preventing them or helping people who are struggling with them. Dr. Karl Benzio will also share some special tips for those who are parents and concerned about their kids.

Breakout Sessions sign-ups will be first-come, first-served at check-in. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Dating back to Ocean City’s earliest beginnings, the mission of the Ocean City Tabernacle has been to serve, support, inspire, strengthen and connect members of the community. As the needs of area residents and visitors have grown, the Tabernacle has grown to meet them with meaningful family-focused programs and uplifting, non-denominational worship services where everyone is made to feel welcome and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central.