We are a group of people who have struggled with our own addiction and the addictions of others. We hope to struggle well together as we work towards finding sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships in our lives. We will strive to spend our time together in the spirit of love, embracing the inherent worth and dignity of all. We accept and respective the varied paths our members will take to find sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships. We covenant to be together in a safe, confidential environment where we can explore our paths and our stories.
We meet at the church, every Thursday night 7:00-8:30 pm. The group is open to church members and friends who are age 18 and older.
We have a resource list for those under 18.
Additional resources in the wider world.
If you would like to see how we organize our meetings, we archive our meeting agenda’s at http://www.uceamg.org/
The aim of our ministry is to create an atmosphere of openness and compassion for those who suffer from addiction, directly or indirectly.
By lifting the silence surrounding addictions, we seek to ease suffering and promote understanding and recovery. If you, or members of your family, have been touched by addiction, we want the church to be a safe place for you to talk about it.
We understand “addiction” in its broadest sense to include substance abuse and behavioral addictions, such as gambling, eating disorders, sex and love, pornography, indebtedness, etc. We believe that one is addicted to a substance or behavior if one suffers serious negative consequences from its use and continues that use in spite of the consequences.
We understand the debilitating nature of addiction and its devastating effects on the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of all those who are affected.
We believe addiction is in part a spiritual disorder, and long-term recovery is in large part a spiritual process, involving re connection to one’s true self and to others. Such healing most often takes place in community.
Because Unitarian Universalists profess the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we believe our faith community is well-suited for this work.
If you would like more general information please contact Brian or Michael.
If you would like to speak to someone confidentially, please contact any of the following.
Brian Meister 847-769-4365 [email protected]
Michael Skilton 847-819-1466 [email protected]
Erlene Howard 847-733-7665