Addiction and Recovery
Substance misuse, abuse and addiction impacts individuals, families, and churches in both powerful and subtle ways. Recovery is possible. Resources, information and support are available.
A Prayer for Recovery
For the Victims of Addiction
O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look
with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost
their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of
your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset
them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to
those who care for them, give patient understanding and
persevering love. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)
Observance of International Overdose Awareness Day
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
GCEC 2018 Resolution C037 Call to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic calls for action and prayer in the forms of training, pastoral care, advocacy, and liturgy. The summary can be found HERE.
The NH Council of Churches website has presented resources for churches and Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church of NH (REMCNH) joins them in encouraging observance in prayer and action. Please visit http://nhchurches.org/august-31-international-overdose-awareness-day/ .
New Resource for Parishes:
Our 2018 RECOVERY SUNDAY is October 14th or 21st or 28th
Materials for Recovery Sunday 2018
Save The Date - Fall Recovery Retreat - November 10, 2018 at Grace Church, East Concord. 8am - 2pm.
More Information to Follow
Bibliography of Spirituality and Recovery Resources
Recovery Ministries of The Episcopal Church, resources for Churches, Clergy and Lay People) www.episcopalrecovery.org
Through the Red Door, reflections and essays by Episcopalians in recovery from addiction www.episcopalrecovery.org/reddoor
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) www.aa.org
New Hampshire AA www.nhaa.org (to search for NH meetings)
New Hampshire AA Hotline 1-800-593-3330
Narcotics Anonymous(NA) https://www.na.org
New Hampshire NA https://gsana.org
New Hampshire NA Hotline 888-NA-HELP-U (888-624-3578)
Heroin Anonymous, including links to NH-based supports http://www.heroinanonymous.org
Food Addicts Anonymous http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
Gamblers Anonymous www.gamblersanonymous.org
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous https://slaafws.org
Al-Anon, help for families and people who care for alcoholics, New Hampshire website http://nhal-anon.org
Codependents Anonymous meeting finder http://locator.coda.org/index.cfm?page=usStatemeetings.cfm&state=NH
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, resource page for Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment Services www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/resources.htm
NHDHHS Resource Guide, downloadable guide for NH, www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/guide.htm
National Association on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, https://www.ncadd.org
Clergy and Leader Resources
The Episcopal Church's Policy and Resolutions on addiction and recovery
The Episcopal Church (TEC) offers the following information and resources http://www.episcopalrecovery.org/resources/Documents/Resolution%202%20Page.pdf
Our first RECOVERY SUNDAY was April 30, 2017
The Recovery Ministries committee of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire set aside Sunday, April 30th, 2017 (Easter 3) as Recovery Sunday in our diocese.