Addiction should be acknowledged as a disease, and clergy specifically and the congregation more broadly as a supportive community need to be aware of the signs of disease, the programs that are available, and the strategies that can be implemented for prevention, treatment, and recovery. Clergy also needs to be able to effectively communicate the importance of spirituality with those who are struggling with addiction as well as educate the congregation on how attitudes towards this disease can affect one’s ability to handle it effectively.

This course is part 4 of a 6-part series entitled Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery, presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

After watching the video, you can earn 2 hours of continuing education credit (certified by NAADAC) by registering with NACoA and passing a 10-question quiz (passing grade = 80%).