November 8, 2022 – Substance and opioid use disorders (S/OUD) affect people from all walks of life, including those active in faith communities. Yet many faith leaders do not know how to effectively support members of their congregations and their families who are struggling with these diseases. Faith groups and faith leaders from all denominations can be critical allies in addressing the stigma of S/OUD and building safe, compassionate spaces for individuals to get spiritual support along with the physical, mental, and emotional help they need to recover from S/OUD.
Presenters led participants through the myths and facts about S/OUD most relevant to faith communities and how to create faith-based prevention initiatives that can work in collaboration with other state S/OUD prevention and harm reduction strategies.
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