As a Priest, Rabbi, Imam, Pastor, Minister, Preacher, Deacon, Community Leader or Church Elder, you will get the calls and visits from family announcing celebratory life events such as weddings, births, graduations and promotions. You will have more of your fair share of heart-breaking news about a death in the family, a sickness, or loss of a job. You will also get the inevitable plea for help from a family afflicted with a brain disease called Addiction.
Substance abuse is a disease of the brain and the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol are 100% preventable if properly treated in time. Handing a piece of paper with local detox and treatment resources to a family in crises is often not enough. This is uncharted territory for most and substance abuse still carries such a negative stigma that it becomes paralyzing for families to cope with or seek help on their own.