NCCA partnered with the organization Prevencion Y Rescate (Prevention & Rescue) in bringing addiction and recovery education to Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013. The Addiction & Recovery Workshop was held at St. Thomas the Apostle School on W. 15th Street.
NCCA also held a Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) training the day before to a smaller group of people. The purpose of this training was to prepare people to establish a faith-based addiction and recovery support group within their parish.
Presenters for the events were experts in the field of addiction and included prominent and engaging counselors and therapists with extensive backgrounds in various focus areas relevant to addiction and recovery.
Segments for the workshops included Spirituality of the 12 Steps; Addiction and the Family; Medical Aspects of Addiction; and Addiction Resources. The attendees were very appreciative of all the information and commented that the presenters were excellent and that they only wished there was more time for each of them. There was a definite interest for more education on related topics such as co-dependency, the 12 Steps, transitioning back into society after gaining sobriety, and specifics on certain drugs.
All in all it was a very successful event that has sown seed with many key people connected with the organization, Prevention & Rescue. These leaders and volunteers will share the knowledge and inspiration they gained from the presenters with many people they encounter from day-to-day.
Overall, Drug and Alcohol Addictions Workshops in dioceses and at the parish level are specially-designed to educate clergy and religious—as well as lay ministers and lay persons—about the realities of addiction, recovery and sobriety and the spiritual aspects of all of these. Guest House staff and, typically, nationally-recognized experts in the addictions field, are presenters at varied locations nationwide.
Workshop attendees include priests, deacons, women religious, lay ministers and representatives of AA, Al-Anon, NA and Naranon, and the interested public.
In April, NCCA will conduct a similar workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be offering a Spanish track on April 1st and an English track on April 2nd. For more details and to register Click Here.
We are grateful to our New Life Sponsors, Talbott Recovery and Ridgeview Institute for their generous financial support in helping us to bring these workshops to you at no charge!