A conference to discuss a "spiritual solution" to the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the region and country is set for Tuesday at the Newman Center on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.
Organizers are urging local clergy to attend so that they can gain insights into how to help their congregations, including how to set up support groups.
The Rev. Jan Hubbard of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Hamburg United Methodist Church said the conference will:
• Provide clergy with knowledge and tools necessary to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components of addiction and support individuals and families in a recovery process.
• Familiarize clergy with the 12-step and other recovery models and programs.
• Empower clergy to use scripture, meditation, prayer and small groups to address issues of shame, guilt, grief and low self-esteem in individuals and families.
Those interested in attending should register online at www.sccwny.com/events, or by calling Hubbard at 868-2408 or the Samaritan office at 743-9117. The conference starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.