Faith leaders across Maine will join to help people affected by addiction

Every so often an event comes along that you know you shouldn’t miss. This is that event.

On Wednesday, April 25, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor, starting at 6:30 p.m., all members of the community are welcome to join together as faith leaders address the impact that substance use disorder is having on our state.

Congregations and temples across Maine come together on this evening to spark understanding, action and healing for all those involved in this epidemic, for those with addiction, for those in recovery and for those who support this work every day.

Catholics attend Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor on Feb. 1, 2015. (Brian Feulner | BDN)

Substance use has a deep impact on our communities, throughout Maine and our nation. The statistics are staggering. In one way or another, each and every one of us is, in fact, affected by this epidemic.

This event will give us the opportunity to come together, hear our neighbors speak and be heard.

What can we do to help?

You and your faith community can help the entire circle of people impacted by substance use:

  1. Form healing circles within your community and talk about how this issue is impacting you.
  2. Host peer recovery or family support groups.
  3. Donate funds to your faith community for the Circle of Caring at St. Joseph Hospital that will provides free Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal medication that saves lives.

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  1. Support the Bangor Area Recovery Network. Peer support is vital for long term recovery.
  2. Talk to your children. Children and youth see what you do and hear what you say. Tell them how substance use can get in the way of reaching their hopes and dreams.
  3. Volunteer: Visit volunteermaine.org.
  4. Getting connected to resources for you or someone you know: call 2-1-1.

We hope to see you on April 25. No need to RSVP. The doors will be open to all.

For more information, please call 942-6941.