Support assistance and outreach for parish communities



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On Monday August 29th BSAS, Boston Medical Center, and the City of Boston installed a public display of 20,000 purple flags at the Boston Common in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. 


Visit this link to learn more about Recovery Month, Overdose Awareness Day and MOAR’s mission/schedule of events for the months of August & September:



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




Please Share this LINK with Anyone you know that might benefit from this wonderful upcoming June 11th healing opportunity


“We walk with people as two pilgrims, understanding and listening to a vulnerable and marginalized population that has largely gone underheard and underserved”.

Keaton Douglas, Founder, iThirst

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


“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