Addictions Recovery Ministry
The Addictions Recovery Ministry is a specialized ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana as well as a local affiliate of the Recovery Ministries of the National Episcopal Church. This ministry reaches out on behalf of the Church to welcome recovering people into the Episcopal community and also helps recovering Episcopalians find a home within the organized Church. The Recovery Ministry works within the diocese to provide education, guidance and support for families and parishes struggling with, or wishing to learn more about, addiction. The term “addiction” includes a relationship with any activity or substance which interferes with healthy functioning – alcohol, drugs, relationships, sex, work, gambling or food for example. Our desire is not to be dogmatic or exclude anyone in their spiritual search but to live out the acceptance and love taught by Jesus.
The Addictions Recovery Ministry (ARM) provides an avenue for exploring recovery in a Christian context in addition to other 12 Step and professional recovery programs. The ministry hosts quarterly Celebrations of Life in Recovery, monthly Eucharists incorporating the 12 Steps, and two annual recovery-oriented retreats as well as providing resources to the people and churches of the diocese.
Please let us know of any opportunities where we can be of service regarding addiction and recovery issues.
Celebration in Recovery
We gather on a Saturday each quarter at different parish churches in the diocese to celebrate our fellowship and to renew our Christian recovery. Our Commission members meet at 10:30 a.m. followed by a worship service based on the 12 Steps at noon. A pot- luck lunch is served at 1:00 p.m., and the Celebration ends with sharing our faith, strength and hope in a common twelve-step meeting for all addictions with friends and families welcome.
Visit the Addictions Recovery Ministry Website for a listing of upcoming services.
Twelve Step Recovery Services in the Diocese of Louisiana
Please spread the word to friends in recovery and any others in the recovery community who might be interested. See the Addiction Recovery resource page to download examples of the 12 Step liturgy.
3rd Sunday at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2109 17th Street, Kenner
3rd Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
Every January, the Addictions Recovery Ministry holds a retreat for women who are in recovery, wish to be in recovery, or are just interested in recovery spirituality. Check back in the fall for details about the 2017 retreat.
Mixed Weekend August 5-7, 2016
The Addictions Recovery Ministry of the Diocese of Louisiana will hold its 33rd annual retreat for men and women who are in recovery, wish to be in recovery, or are just interested in recovery spirituality. Feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested. The retreat is the weekend of August 5-7, 2016 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center.
Our facilitator is Fr. John Gubbins, who currently assists at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in San Diego and volunteers at Hospice. Fr. John is a former Navy chaplain who retired in 2012 with 20 years of service. He was born in Connecticut and raised in North Carolina and Florida. Fr. John began his sobriety journey in August 1988 and has led 12-step retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1999. He enjoys antique maps and rare books.
The theme of this weekend is “Happy, Joyous, and Free”. Recovery is the road from restless, irritable, and discontent to happy, joyous and free. This weekend, we will come together to reflect, pray, discuss, and achieve greater balance with ourselves, our fellows, and with God.
During our time together, we will have an opportunity to share Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, a Taize Service, 12-step meetings, Reconciliation, Spiritual Direction, Reiki, and a Dream Workshop. This weekend is a great opportunity for relaxing, reflecting, renewing, and visiting. It is a wonderful gift to ask for or to give yourself.
To register online, please visit: http://www.eventbee.com/v/secc/event?eid=123341002
Recovery Sunday During Eastertide
A Recovery Sunday is an opportunity to provide information about an illness that affects men and women of all ages, and all racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. Almost 10% of people in the US struggle with addictions and most of us have a family member or friend who has been affected.
The 2011 Diocesan Convention passed Resolution R-2 promoting awareness of addiction and recovery issues in the Diocese of Louisiana. The resolution suggests scheduling a Recovery Sunday during Eastertide, although any Sunday is acceptable. Members of the ARM Commission are available to help with planning, preparation, or speakers and to answer questions regarding a Recovery Sunday program. If you take advantage of ARM support, there do not need to be any additional demands on clergy.
If you are interested in scheduling a Recovery Sunday, feel free to contact a member of the ARM Commission. If you wish, someone from your parish or from the ARM Commission can provide a personal testimony during Sunday School, or in conjunction with your sermon or announcements.