"Cast all your worries upon Him because He cares for you..the God of grace...He will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you" (1 Peter 5:7-10)
Every day we see the faces of addiction on the news and in our communities, and the aftermath it leaves behind for families. In a "do what makes you feel good" society, the temptations of this world can misguide and lead us down a dark and lonely path. The values of this world - fame, power, wealth and success - are often in direct opposition to the values of our faith that lead us to salvation. As families of addicts know, addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, or sex can happen to anyone and adversely impacts families who struggle with guilt, anxiety and sadness because of a loved one's addiction. It is estimated that 63% of Americans are somehow affected by addiction. But there is support for families of the addicted. You are not alone.
Path to Peace is a Catholic support group that provides prayerful support to people suffering the addiction of a loved one. Path to Peace offers information on the physical, psychological and emotional characteristics common to addiction. Path to Peace is founded on the belief that, with God, all things are possible and provides information on the substances and addictive behaviors in order to help families respond better to the challenges they will face. Upcoming dates for Path to Peace can be found on our events calendar.
For those who struggle with addiction to pornography, the Pornography Recovery Program is an anonymous online program available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program is Catholic-faith focused and utilizes the latest brain science behind this specific type of addiction, along with personalized support for each person. More information can be found at: www.ReclaimSexualHealth.com.
Professional counseling and therapy for families of the addicted is also available. For a list of counselors and therapists who have received education and training from the ASF about the theologies, traditions, and values of the Catholic faith, visit the ASF Therapist Referral Network.
Addiction can create a toxic environment for families and can escalate into domestic violence, if not treated. The Family Life Office offers domestic violence prevention workshops in both English and Spanish.
Workshops include lessons and practice in: healthy communication skills, conflict resolution skills, strategies for overcoming contributing factors, self protection measures and prevention resources. To schedule a workshop, call the Family Life Office at 505-831-8117.
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