Support assistance and outreach for parish communities


October is National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

Drug overdoses are preventable, and now more than ever we need to support our youth and those who have been affected by substance use disorder. This October, we honor all those who champion evidence-based youth substance use prevention and recommit ourselves to ensuring that all Americans have the skills, knowledge, and resources to live full and healthy lives.
During National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to helping America’s youth overcome this epidemic and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We are committed to preventing substance use among our Nation’s youth through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program which helps equip community coalitions to reduce youth substance use at the local level. Visit: Drug-Free Communities Support Program (WEB LINK)


The Faces and Voices of Recovery – Website Link

If you or a loved one are in need of help in combating the disease of addiction, please see our Resources for Healing tab.






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Prayers to and for those presently participating in iThirst Initiative.

                            Congratulations and Kudos to individuals who have                                   worked hard and have completed their iThirst certification!! 

iThirst is an educational program to encourage, train, and send forth individuals into parishes and collaboratives with a passion to minister to, with, for and by individuals afflicted with the disease of addictions and to support affected families and loved ones.

iTHIRST – Website Link


Support is always available to those in need despite the restrictions on social gathering in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
We encourage all in need at this time – and those whose meetings have been temporarily suspended – to visit the following resources to find online meetings, phone meetings and even online chat functions to maintain support in recovery.

Helpful Online Recovery Tools:

Never Alone Again – Online AA Meetings/Downtown Boston Groups – online meeting 24/7 – find online/phone meetings  – online meetings for narcotics recovery

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
continues to offer its National Help Line for any in need of help! A great resource to find available services, especially during these difficult times.
SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
or find treatments online!


Prevention, protection and safety for those in recovery during COVID-19

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

What people with a substance use disorder need to know about COVID-19

Addiction Policy Forum’s additional advised precautions for those in recovery



→Racial Recovery & Spiritual Sobriety; Multiple Pathways→

“New research from Barna shows that in the past year, there is actually a significant increase in the percentage of practicing Christians who say race is “not at all” a problem in the U.S. (19%, up from 11% in 2019). Black adults remain much more likely than White adults to say the country has a race problem.” Read More Here at UniteBoston, we’re seeking to change this reality and to inspire a movement across churches to increase awareness and action towards racial justice in Boston. We have been inspired this week by a powerful prayer liturgy of lament and repentance written by Pastor Justin Ruddy from Resurrection Church in East Boston – It provides language to the groans of lamentation that many of us have felt these past few months. While many Western Christian communities overlook the practice of lament and move straight to triumphalism, the Bible teaches clearly about the value of lament as a form of worship. This liturgy could be used within your personal prayer time or within a community group or congregational worship service. The prayer liturgy states:   “We grieve, renounce, and repent of the ways that we and our siblings in Christ  have been complicit in white supremacy, racism, nationalism, and all ideologies that stand in opposition to your kingdom, your justice, and your shalom. In our lust for power, we have abandoned and defiled the gospel of your cross-bearing love. In our appetite for empire, we have committed the sin of partiality, exalting wealth, celebrity, and security over our calling to costly generosity, meekness, and self-sacrifice.” Full Prayer Liturgy


Read the latest newsletter from the Office of Risk Management on the Addiction Epidemic

News Feed:

Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic

NIH, June 24, 2021

COVID-19 & Substance Use

NIH, May 14, 2021

COVID-19:Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
NIH, April 6, 2020

Liturgy Series focuses on addiction recovery
Jaqueline Tetrault, Boston Pilot, 08/24/2018

Archdiocese hosts addiction recovery workshop
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 11/3/2017

Brookline parish forum explores opiate crises
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 3/11/2016