Faith and community leaders can help individuals and families impacted by addiction. They can lift up messages of support. They can also provide information on how to access services for substance use disorder if necessary.
Knowing how to respond to these events can make a huge difference in how the individual, family and community copes and heals. The following information comes from a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Partnership Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Faith communities play a key role in identifying opportunities to discuss the importance of addiction issues. They can supply facts about the disease and explain the role religious and other community organizations can play in supporting individuals and their families. Most importantly, they can encourage them to seek help:
Together, we can help save our families and communities. Reach out to Valley Hope for a free resource guide developed specifically for community faith leaders: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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