Lay-led Foundation in Chile Aims to Help People Overcome Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions – Seventh-day Adventist Church


Freddy Santis was stuck in his addiction to drugs. That changed when Santis came to the Crecer Chile rehabilitation center near the capital city of Santiago, where he got the help he needed to change the course of his life.

In Crecer Chile, Santis met Angélica Mateluna, a Seventh-day Adventist church member who partners with the facility, offering natural treatments and providing spiritual support.

“I regained faith, and little by little, day by day, I regained inner peace,” Santis said. “Thanks to Angélica, I got to know Jesus again and be happy.” Santis said that since then he has decided to live his life with Jesus and that he continues to use the Bible Mateluna gave him when they first met.

A Strong Commitment

In 2017, Mateluna opened La Fundación Pasos de Esperanza (Steps to Hope Foundation) to help people suffering from alcohol and other drug addictions. She said her heart is in this work because she knew the sad reality of addictions up close. “My daughter was taking drugs,” Mateluna confessed. “She went through all these treatments and, thank the Lord, she came out of it.”

Mateluna shared that now she is applying a similar method to other addicts. “I include a lot of love because I know what families go through,” she said.

Steps to Hope Foundation’s 56 members share a dream to help hundreds to overcome the bondage of addiction, Metaluna said. For this dream to come true, they are planning to open their own rehabilitation center in the town of Buín, outside of Santiago.

Members also set the plan in motion by taking a course called “Professional monitors for the prevention of polydrug addiction,” so that they will be able to train and manage future assistants. The course was offered by Temperancia Vida Sana Institute (Temperance Healthy Life Institute), known as Intevisa, an Adventist lay-led initiative.


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