Substance Addictions Ministry (SAM)

A faith-based support ministry that helps the people of God face the challenges that accompany addiction by providing hope and healing through prayer, education, information and referrals.

Nueva Esperanza Ministry -established in 2017.

  • Spanish group meets at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm.  Coordinator: Mario Moreno  email: cubsmariocubs@yahoo.com
  • Nueva Esperanza se reunen todo los miercoles de 7pm a 9pm.  Coordinador: Mario Moreno  email: cubsmariocubs@yahoo.com

  Serenidad Ministry -established in 2017, is a ministry for families and friends of loved ones with addictions. 

  • Serenidad (group in Spanish) meets every Thursday from 7pm - 9pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
  • Serenidad se reunen todos los jueves de 7pm a 9pm en la Iglesia San Paulo el Apostle.

Training

If you would like to establish a substance addiction ministry at your parish, please contact Elsa Aguilera, MSW, Associate Director, at 713-741-8708 or eaguilera@archgh.org, to discuss the guidelines and opportunities. 

 

Substance Addiction

Alcohol and drug addiction is an epidemic in our society. The entire family is “affected,” not just the ‘‘afflicted" member. Addiction is an illness that devastates the whole person physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Substance addiction is not a moral problem or weakness. The American Medical Association (AMA) classifies alcohol and drug dependence as a primary disease, characterized by distinct stages of development, with specific signs and symptoms. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

 It is essential 1) to have the support of one’s pastor, and 2) to participate in a team training session before engaging in Substance Addiction Ministry.