United Methodist Substance Abuse Program
Announces Year-Long Educational Effort
The United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) is launching a year-long educational campaign to highlight the complex issues that surround its concerns within both church and society.
This campaign begins with a five-part series of online articles during September, the 19th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in the United States. It will continue for the next year through a quarterly reading circle for interested United Methodists.
SPSARV is a church-wide program assigned for administration to the General Board of Global Ministries. It operates in the US and 20 countries of Africa and Europe and reflects the current United Methodist focus on global health.
The online education series provides an overview of the church's global response to alcohol and substance abuse, considers the role of clergy and congregations in the response, and explores the impact of addictions on youth, young adults, and families. Articles will be accompanied by statements from "witnesses" who have experienced or seen healing in cases of addiction. The series will be followed by the online publication on a quarterly basis of selected material from an extensive bibliography on addiction.
Participants are encouraged to reflect upon and discuss the readings on a SPSARV webpage. The list and the first recommendations for reading will be posted on Monday, September 29, at www.umspsarv.org.
Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery is the theme for the September 2008 observation of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It affirms SPSARV's mission, which is global rather than national in scope.
The recovery month is organized each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, with counsel from organizations such as the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and other religious and private agencies.
SPSARV equips clergy, laity, and church professionals to understand the disease of addiction, lessen the shame and stigma associated with it, develop creative ministries to address addiction, and celebrate those who serve in such ministries. SPSARV helps congregations to become more compassionate, informed and responsive, and encourages persons and their families to find their voices and seek help.
Date posted: Aug 29, 2008