Mazur presented NCCA Sister Ignatia Gavin Award

Posted on Sep 25, 2014

Lifelong parishioner of St. Teresa’s Church received the 2014 Sister Ignatia Gavin Award presented by the National Catholic Council on Addictions (NCCA) on July 15, 2014.

Debbie Mazur is founder, pro-bono counselor and Program Director of GraceWay Recovery Residence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit addiction recovery community for women located in Albany. GraceWay serves women from all over the country who are suffering from various forms of addiction. To read more click here 


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NCCA Celebrates 65 Years

Posted on May 30, 2014


Recovery is something to celebrate and so was 65 years as an organization that offered hope and support to many who are suffering from the disease of addiction. In July 2014, over 45 people gathered at the Chicago Marriott Naperville to celebrate the many years of learning and service.

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NCCA Educational Workshops Act as Ripples that can Make a Difference

Posted on Apr 4, 2014

Ripple EffectAn 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.  

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Many thanks to our sponsors of SAM

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Screenshot 2014-03-25 15.59.06For 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:

  • Increase awareness of addiction through education to various ministries and groups within the parish family and the community at large; and
  • Provide a safe, confidential place for parishioners to call for help and receive appropriate referral and support

How do I get started?

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STEP 11 – Reflection

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

Change is Process“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.

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Addiction, Recovery and Hope at Guest House for Clergy and Religious

Posted on Mar 6, 2014

Archbishop Gregory, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed for Integrated Catholic Life.

I would like to discuss a sensitive and often misunderstood subject: What happens to Catholic clergy and men and women religious who struggle with addiction problems?  Can you help our readers understand the unique pressures and challenges which affect these men and women of the Church?  Are there programs available to help them?

The Most Reverend  Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta

The Most Reverend
Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D.
Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta

Clergy and Religious, like people everywhere sometimes find themselves captive to an addiction and they go through all of the usual emotional and physical experiences of anger, denial, depression, rationalization, etc.  What makes their situation unique is often the fact of their public character and responsibilities.  There are some important resources that have developed that are specifically intended to assist Clergy and Religious in seeking and maintaining sobriety and healing from their addictions.  Among the best known and widely respected resources are Guest House and its affiliate programs.  Guest House was originally established to care for and to assist Clergy and Religious who are willing to confront and to admit their need for addiction intervention.

Archbishop, you mentioned Guest House in your previous answer.  Many of our readers have likely not heard of this Catholic treatment center and the wonderful work it does.  Can you elaborate further on the purpose of Guest House and how we can learn more about supporting their mission?

Guest House was established almost 60 years ago through the wise and generous collaboration of some professionals, laity, and clergy who recognized addiction as a treatable illness and who wanted to offer clergy and religious an opportunity to seek medical and clinical therapeutic help so that they might once again function in a healthy manner and return to the ministry of the Church as “wounded healers.”  I urge you to view their website – – for more background information.  You might also speak with an alumnus of the program for more complete evidence of the success of their efforts at helping clergy and religious discover and maintain a life of sobriety and health.

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