Substance Addiction Minsitry "SAM"

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Pope Francis addresses the wounds of drugs on society......

"Clearly there is no single cause of drug addiction. Rather, there are many factors that contribute to it, among which are the absence of a family, social pressures, the propaganda of drug dealers, and the desire for new experiences. Every drug addict has a unique personal story and must be listened to, understood, loved, and, insofar as possible, healed and purified. We cannot stoop to the injustice of categorizing drug addicts as if they were mere objects or broken machines; each person must be valued and appreciated in his or her dignity in order to enable them to be healed. The dignity of the person is what we are called to seek out. They continue to possess, more than ever, a dignity as children of God."

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Upcoming events

Catholic in Recovery General Recovery Group

St. Simon the Apostle

8155 Oaklandon Rd Indianapolis, IN 46236

Meets Mondays 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark or 513-227-6325

SAM Training

If you would like to bring SAM to your parish, please contact, Office of Human Life and Dignity at (317) 236-1543 or email Brie Anne Varick, to discuss the requirements and opportunities.


1) to have the support of one’s pastor or PLC

2) to participate in a team training session before engaging in Substance Addiction Ministry.

Substance Addiction Ministry

SAM Resources

The following links provide information to AA, Nar-anon, and Al-anon Meetings

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

~Reinhold Niebuhr


Fr. Ralph Pfau

Fr. Ralph Pfau (1904-1967)

The founder of the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems (NCCA) and a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.


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