Faith Involved in Prevention

When the faith community is a nurturing, supportive community within which alcohol and other drug use issues and spiritual needs are addressed, problems can be identified and responded to, as well as prevented.

Roger Svendson, Interfaith Center for Health Issues, MN Institute of Public Health, 2006.

Importance of involvement from faith-based organizations in substance abuse prevention:

  • Faith groups exist in nearly every community throughout the country.
  • The presence of faith groups lends credibility.
  • Faith groups touch people of all ages, economic levels, and ethnicities, and mobilize them.
  • They provide a sense of community and responsibility.
  • Members look to and respect the opinions and guidance of their faith leaders.
  • Clergy and laity recognize substance abuse as an important issue among family members in their congregation.
  • There is support from congregational members.
  • They provide opportunities to work with families who might otherwise not be involved in prevention.
  • Religion & Spirituality are key protective factors in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and in maintaining recovery.

People of Faith, Partners in Prevention by Interfaith Center for Health Issues, Minnesota Institute of Public Health, 2007

Resources for clergy and other faith leaders: