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National Recovery Month

Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. This observance highlights inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.  For helpful information and resources visit http://recoverymonth.gov/

 

Guides and Training Resources

Recovery Month Toolkit

By SAMHSA (PDF, English | PDF, Español | @ National Recovery Month)

Recovery Month ToolkitSAMHSA creates a toolkit to help individuals and organizations increase awareness of the power of recovery. The kit provides tips and resources for planning Recovery Month events and distributing information in communities across the nation. The 2018 Recovery Month Toolkit at is available in English and Spanish.

Training Guide – Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy

By NACoA (PDF, English)

Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for ClergyThis handbook created by NACoA’s Clergy Education and Training Project® for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, provides some basic information on alcoholism and addiction, the impact of parental addiction on children, facts about adolescent alcohol and drug use, and prevention strategies.  It also has an appendix with handouts for use with children of alcohol and drug dependent parents.

Alcohol Rehab Guide: Faith-Based Treatment

By Alcohol Rehab Guide

Alcohol Rehab GuideFaith is one of the most important elements of addiction recovery, as it encourages spiritual transformation. Some people in recovery have a lack of faith and an unfulfilling relationship to a higher power, contributing to feelings of hopelessness and depression. People who abuse alcohol commonly suffer depression and feel alone, and many find that faith-based treatment is critical to their recovery.

Toolkit for Faith Leaders – The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities

By the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (PDF, English)

The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (also known as “The Partnership Center”) created this Practical Toolkit for faith-based and community leaders. This toolkit, which is segmented into seven key areas, briefly covers practical ways your faith community can consider bringing hope and healing to those in need. 

Addiction Guide

Addiction Guide was created to provide the most comprehensive up-to-date information about various addictions and how to overcome them.  A wide variety of resources and links are available at the Addiction Guide website, www.addictionguide.com

From The American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction Treatment A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

 

Videos

Video by Mental Health Ministries – Addiction and Depression

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - 18:51 (watch it on YouTube)

Addiction and Depression shares how addiction to alcohol and/or drugs often masks an underlying depression. The link between addiction and depression can cause a downward spiral leading to severe health problems, especially suicide. Three persons share their stories of addiction and depression that end in recovery.  The full show is available on the Mental Health Ministries DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond and on YouTube

 

Articles/Other Resources

Brochure – Addiction: How Congregations Can Respond

(PDF, English)

Addiction: How Congregations Can Respond brochureAccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.  Mental Health Ministries has a new downloadable brochure to share with your congregation or group.

Article – Faith and Religion in Recovery

By the DrugRehab.com

Faith and Religion in RecoveryOver the past century we’ve seen myriad medications, therapy modules and self-help routines developed to battle the problem. Faith and spirituality remain among the most time-tested supplements in the world of addiction treatment and provide a core value for many rehab facilities and community support groups that yield success stories.”

Role of the Clergy: The Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Person and the Family

By Reverend C. Roy Woodruff, Ph.D.

(PDF, English | @ NACoA)

Role of the Clergy: The Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Person and the FamilyRev. C. Roy Woodruff, Ph.D., writes, “There is a growing recognition, both inside and outside the framework of traditional religion, that there is a spiritual dimension to addiction. Unfortunately, clergy in many if not most major U.S. religious faith groups and denominations feel poorly equipped to deal with the problem as it presents itself in the their congregation.”

Reprinted from Seminary Journal, Volume 9, Winter 2003.

Article – How the Opioid Crisis Affects the Elderly

By Aging in Place

How the Opioid Crisis Affects the ElderlyWith many older persons in our congregations, it is important for our faith communities to recognize the symptoms and provide appropriate support for those who may have an addiction to pain medications.  While older adults make up 12% of the US population, they account for 18% of all suicide deaths. This is an alarming statistic. And as the elderly population grows, the issue of later-life suicide is a major societal issue.

Faith and Religion in Recovery

By Sonia Tagliareni 

(PDF, English | @ DrugRehab.com)

Faith and Religion in RecoveryOver the past century we’ve seen myriad medications, therapy modules and self-help routines developed to battle the problem. Faith and spirituality remain among the most time-tested supplements in the world of addiction treatment and provide a core value for many rehab facilities and community support groups that yield success stories.

 

Books

Sparks of Redemptive Grace - Seeking and Seeing God Amid a Loved One's Mental Illness

(Available on Amazon)

Sparks of Redemptive GraceMental illness impacts one out of five families each year, but few ae willing to expose the angish and tumult they face daily. Infomational, devotional, educational and inspirationa, Sparks of Redemptive Grace provides and authentic view of one family’s transparent hope in God’s unfailing love. For those whose loved one struggles with mental illness, Catherine Downing has shared her story with sincerity, humility and hope. For friends watching the chaos surrounding such struggles and wanting to understand, this book will open your eyes not only to the family’s needs, but also to the presence of God in their midst. For clergy and counselors looking for resources to support families in crisis, Sparks of Redemptive Grace offers comforting truths about God’s very real presence in times of trouble.