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Recovery is something to celebrate and so is 65 years as an organization that has offered hope and support to many who are suffering from the disease of addiction. We invite all NCCA members and friends; SAM leaders and team members and Diocesan Liaisons to join us for all or part of this inspirational event!
The shared information and discussion was so helpful and inspiring we couldn’t help wishing that more people could have joined us to reap the benefits of all that was shared. Yet, in all things worthwhile only a very small segment of people will take part and we must keep in mind Mother Teresa’s quote, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
One important focus of the NCCA is to bring education and inspiration about addiction and recovery to people all over the country via complementary workshops that offer segments on topics such as Addiction and Spirituality; How Addiction Affects the Older Person; Internet Addiction; and Addiction and Youth. This past Wednesday, April 2nd, we held such a workshop for the people of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Partnering with local treatment centers, Talbott Recovery and Ridgeview Institute enhanced the experience as presenters from these treatment centers offered their expertise and insight into various aforementioned topics. There was much discussion about how people benefit from having a purpose and becoming involved in something bigger than themselves. This can be a project, a cause or faith in God. Sharing this idea with just one other person or better yet, encouraging a young person to choose to get involved with something outside themselves can be one ripple that can affect the young person’s life that can then have a domino effect.
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Byron Johnson and Maria Pagano entitled “Can Faith Rewire an Addict’s Brain” explains that new evidence shows that ‘God consciousness’ can keep young people off drugs and alcohol.
“Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs, a growing body of research shows. Why?
CLICK HERE for the entire article.Read More
Many thanks to our sponsors Ridgeview Institute and Talbott Recovery for supporting our Addiction & Recovery Workshop scheduled in Atlanta for Wed, April 2nd!
Also, we thank Mr. Robert M. Fink, Founder and President of Ridgeview Institute for sponsoring our Spanish Addiction & Recovery Workshop also in Atlanta on Tues, April 1st!
For everyone who is afflicted with an addiction, a minimum of four other people will be affected. One segment of the workshop offers information on our Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM). SAM is a quality of life ministry. Many of us deny the presence of the problem or the magnitude of addiction’s affects. SAM is a support ministry that helps people face the challenges that accompany addiction.
SAM teams’ mission is to:
How do I get started?
Visit http://nccatoday.org/substance-addiction-ministry-sam/ for more information
You can still register for the workshops in Atlanta next week. Go to http://nccatoday.org/calendar-2/ to register today!Read More
“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.”
It’s all about change – change in perspective, change in habits, change in how we view ourselves AND change in our connections. After all, spirituality is all about connectedness- with ourselves, others and God. The basis of the 11th step lies in our spirituality.
How do we best achieve the change we seek? Make time for prayer and meditation. The Lenten season is the perfect time for this.
Pray, meditate and let the process of change unveil as we continue to grow in our recovery.
Many thanks to Randy Hain and The Integrated Catholic Life along with Eileen Homire, our dedicated Atlanta friend, for coordinating the excellent interview below, with Archbishop Gregory.
In the secular world we frequently hear of drug and alcohol addiction affecting almost every segment of society. Nobody seems to be immune from this scourge. However, we don’t often hear about how addiction sometimes affects our Clergy and Religious. These men and women of the Church face pressures and stress that many of us seldom see or appreciate.
What happens if they become overwhelmed by these challenges and seek relief in alcohol or drugs?
How can we help them come to grips with their addictions, find healing and return to active ministry?
Looking for answers to these questions, I sought out an interview with Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.Read More
Life has a way of gifting us with many new beginnings and built into the Liturgical Calendar of the Church we have a season, which is about new beginnings, the holy Season of Lent. This word initially simply meant spring (as in the German language Lenz and Dutch lente) and derives from the Germanic root for long because in the spring the days visibly lengthen. And spring is a time of very positive change after the long and dark winter – it is time of light, a time of newness.
And so the next forty days of Lent leading up to Easter provide a wonderful opportunity to take stock of our spiritual life, an opportunity to refocus our spiritual energies centering our life in God.
To assist us in this time of prayer, the Spiritual Life Team is providing you with a series of reflections for each week of Lent. These reflections are simply a tool, an aid to accompany us on our journey. They can provide us an opportunity to share moments of reflection or private meditation.
We sincerely hope that you will take time each day of Lent to remember who we are in the sight of God, creatures fashioned in God’s image and likeness. This is what God needs most in our world today, images of God for others. You may be the only Gospel someone will ever read.
As members of NCCA, let us pray that the corporal and spiritual works of mercy will always be evidenced in our love for one another.
Fr. GeorgeRead More