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We offer the following helpful resources: email firstname.lastname@example.org to request materials Blue Book Resource Store Prayer Booklet, “Prayers for Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones” Developed by NCCA supporters, “Prayers For Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones”...Read More
Vernon Martin, TN Ass’n of Alcohol, Drug & Other Addiction Services, 2004
Consideration One: Addiction is a disease
Treat it like one. Always remember, you are not trying to make a “bad person good” a “weak person, strong,” or an “immoral person, moral.” You are trying to help a “sick person get well.” Let us deal with the issue of sin right up front. There is plenty of sin in the world and the addict and alcoholic have it in their lives just like the rest of us. You know the scripture, “All have sinned…..” Understand that the disease and alcoholism has a behavioral element rooted in loss of control and loss of social judgment. Understand that sin exists in the lives of alcoholics and addicts just as it does with all of us, but sin is not the cause of the disease, rather it is often a behavioral element of the disease process.
The disease process also makes the addict or alcoholic hypersensitive to judgmental or moralistic attitudes and as one wise minister once told me, they are acutely adept at seeing through “BS.” Know that they are already judgmental enough of themselves, so be compassionate and non-judgmental in your interactions. The 11th Step of A.A. states, (we) “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” This is a good lesson for all of us, and it might make sense to use this as a guidepost to help us in seeking a compassionate, nun-judgmental, non-condescending attitude toward this disease and those affected by it.
Consideration Two: You cannot “fix it” so stop trying.Read More
by Teresita Calero
Excerpt from Blue Book Volume LVIII – Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting, January 22- 24, 2008, New Orleans, LA
Chemical dependency fosters worry, shame, fear, secrecy; it may lead to self-blame, with wondering if, preoccupation with “is there something wrong with me?” The natural consequences of addiction cause pain, without these the addict will not find the motivation to change. Family members need to get out of the way of the pain and allow the addict to experience the consequences resulting from the pain. As hard as it is to stand back and allow someone we love to suffer, if we take away their pain, the motivation to change goes with it. It is imperative to not cover up, make excuses, or in any way shield the addict from the natural consequences of their behaviors. We cannot allow ourselves to take responsibility or feel guilty for the addict’s behavior; it will only erode our own being.Read More
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Reprinted with permission from NACoA, The National Ass’n for Children of Alcoholics
People suffering from alcohol or drug addiction may find themselves increasingly isolated from their families. The effects of these illnesses an also extend beyond the nuclear family. Extended family members may have a range of emotions, including abandonment, anxiety, fear, anger, concern, embarrassment, guilt, and even the desire to ignore or cut ties with the person dependent on alcohol and/or drugs. However there is hope, and family members can play a critical role in supporting loved ones on their path of recovery, especially when they too avail themselves of recovery support programs for affected children and other family members. Ultimately, the individual healing of each strengthens the potential for bringing healing to the entire family.
A child or other affected family member needs to recognize that he or she is not the cause of a relative’s alcohol or drug abuse problem.Read More
Did you Know? The NCCA has a very interesting history!
Much of this history has been preserved in our “Blue Books” and you can learn and be inspired by them.
The NCCA is very excited to soon be offering many Blue Books to you for your parish, support group, Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) or your own personal growth. A TREASURED RESOURCE, the Blue Books are actual transcripts of the annual NCCA Conferences.
An excerpt that references the “Blue Books”, from Sister Ignatia: Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous by Mary C. Darrah
Back in 1949…
The now National Catholic Council on Addictions was known as The National Clergy Conference on Alcoholism. Most often, a priest’s addiction and even his recovery were hidden from view. The Church’s frank denial that alcoholism was a common enough problem among its priests created serious obstacles to prevention, education, and treatment efforts attempted on their behalf.Read More