Welcome to the Clergy and Faith-Based Organizations page. Here you will find information for faith-communities and leaders on substance abuse prevention and treatment.
Substance abuse impacts all areas of society, including faith communities. Faith-based communities present a wide variety of responses to substance abuse. Some offer help and supportive ministries-- many are unsure how to respond or are unaware of those struggling with substance abuse issues in their midst.
The information below can help faith communities develop an informed and compassionate response to those who are caught in the web of substance abuse and addiction. Faith communities can also discover the positive impact they can have on the youth in their community through development of substance abuse prevention strategies and programs in their ministries.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)- AA helps those suffering from an alcohol addiction to achieve and maintain sobriety. AA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives- This center is operated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Their mission is to create an environment that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need.
COBYS Family Services- COBYS Family Services (Lancaster County) provides a variety of counseling and educational services from a Christian perspective, including parenting and child-care training using the 40 Developmental Assets model.
Empowering for Life: Empowering for Life provides unique intervention and recovery support services for persons and families that are struggling with addiction.
Hazelden Conversation Guides- Hazelden helps individuals, families, and communities struggling with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and drug addiction transform their lives. These sample scripts can be used with a variety of people that you care about who are struggling w/ addiction.
Jeremiah Project- The Jeremiah Project's mission is to minister the restoring and healing power of Jesus Christ to those in the hold of addiction and the families that have been affected by its dysfunctional characteristics. Founder Norman Fennimore, MHS,CADC, CCDP, is a trainer, counselor and consultant specializing in SAMHSA's core competencies for clergy when addressing substance abuse. Contact him in Brownstown, PA at (717) 627-7106.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)- NA is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts providing a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together by seeking to create an environment in which addicts can help one another stop using drugs and find a new way to live.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)- Free, current information and materials concerning alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment
Search Institute- The Search Institute has many resources for congregations and faith-based organizations which use the 40 Developmental Assets prevention approach.
Substance Abuse Treatment Locator- An online service providing detailed information on treatment facilities in every state.
United Way LINC Line- LINC has an extensive online database of community and human services for Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties. Help is available 24 hours a day- simply dial 2-1-1.