Substance Addiction

Substance Addiction

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July 16, 2019

[Episcopal News Service] The opioid epidemic in the United States continues to affect millions of Americans, with tens of thousands every year dying from overdoses, and some of the most vulnerable to the epidemic’s effects are the users’ children and other young family members.

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March 25, 2019

About 150 people in October attend the free weekly dinner at Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington, West Virginia, which was hit hard in recent years by the opioid epidemic. Photo: Trinity Episcopal Church, via Facebook

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April 20, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] The Commission on Impairment and Leadership created a list of 13 detailed recommendations for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others to consider when tackling the pressing issues of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and intervention within the church.

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April 20, 2018

The Commission on Impairment and Leadership has made recommendations the Episcopal Church’s ordination, training, transition, deployment, wellness, management and oversight processes. Photo: Getty Images

[Episcopal News Service] It often takes a well-publicized...

June 30, 2015

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Bishops on July 1 passed three resolutions, one with an amendment, on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.

“I’m Mark and I’m an alcoholic,” said Bishop Mark Hollingsworth of Ohio, chair of the Legislative Committee on Alcohol and...

April 15, 2013

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] This blog is part of a series in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month. Each Saturday in April, we will feature addiction awareness blogs written by clergy and lay people from throughout the Diocese of Washington.

Living with addiction can be hell. As I write...

December 4, 2008

Every December, it began like a Norman Rockwell painting. Sometimes, snow even fell outside the picture window as the family gathered to decorate the Christmas tree. Mom and Dad lifted the children to place ornaments on the upper branches, but when their hands were free, they downed martinis....

October 31, 2006

Father Richard Rohr, a well-known Franciscan priest, called Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12 steps America’s “great contribution” to spirituality.

Alcoholics Anonymous was born in Calvary Episcopal Church in New York, and the 12 steps came out of the teaching of its rector, the Rev....

February 28, 2006

Maureen was 17 when she started drinking. Her new husband had been drafted, and back then, “Everybody in our social group drank.” Later, home with four children and no washer or dryer, she continued drinking to avoid stress and isolation. Holiday gatherings began with pre-dinner cocktails, and...

September 30, 2005

My name is Bill. I am a priest and alcoholic, the son of a priest who died of alcoholism, the grandson of a priest whose abstinence was legendary.

I promised God and myself I would never drink, and I kept that promise during the most drinkable periods of life. I had my very first drink...