Substance Abuse Addiction: Help is Available

Substance Abuse Addiction: Help is Available

Christmas is the season for joy, right? Maybe, maybe not. For many it is the season for depression and stress. Expectations of happy family get togethers even in the pre-pandemic time often fell short, causing negative emotions. The current restrictions on gatherings and travel due to the pandemic are likely to increase feelings of stress, anxiety and loss as we must alter our beloved traditions.

Even in the best of times, the holiday stress and parties can trigger relapse for people who suffer from substance abuse addiction. Negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, sadness or boredom often intensify drug use.

Now more than ever it is important to be aware of the resources available to treat substance abuse disorder. Despite the pandemic, organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have found ways to conduct meeting virtually or outdoors. Treatment is also still available in treatment centers, detox and outpatient treatment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse addiction, reach out for help. We must remember that substance use disorder and addiction can happen to anyone; clergy are people too. There is no shame in seeking help for yourself or someone you know. Your care and concern may be just what is needed to start the road to recovery. Here are some reliable resources for assistance.

You are probably aware of the twelve-step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and their resources for families and friends of those struggling with addiction. is another resource that provides comprehensive information about the various types of substance abuse as well as information about different treatment options. A state-by-state listing provides links to rehab options that have been reviewed and are rated by the organization’s experts in substance abuse treatment.

Micala Day, community outreach, provided this description of their work: “ is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery. We create and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources that have been featured and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.”

Here are some links that may be helpful:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Information is available to provide information about A.A. Addiction information and Rehab program links and comparisons are provided.

Narcotics Anonymous: This website provides information and resources about Narcotics Anonymous meetings and how to find a meeting.

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous: This website has a directory of online meetings and resources.


Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen MSN, RN-BC is a Faith Community Nurse and the Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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