Addiction and Recovery

Catholic in Recovery meetings overlap 12-step spirituality with the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. They are open to all seeking freedom from addiction, compulsions, and unhealthy attachments. We also have groups available for family members impacted by a loved one’s addiction and groups specific to lust addiction recovery. Participants pray together, celebrate recovery milestones and anyone returning to the sacraments, and read through a meeting reflection combining scripture from the upcoming Sunday’s Mass Readings, recovery principles, and liturgical themes. From there, each person has the opportunity to share experience, strength, and hope with each other by sharing in an honest and humble way.

Founded by Scott Weeman, Catholic in Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  At this time, Catholic in Recovery programs are meeting virtually.  Please see their meeting schedule here.

Scott Weeman has twice shared his journey towards recovery and re-conversion to his Catholic faith at the Healing Pathways series.  He is the author of Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, Ave Maria Press (2017).

Exodus 90 is a ninety-day spiritual exercise for men based on three pillars: prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. All three of these pillars are essential aspects of the Christian life. It is for this reason that taking up this spiritual exercise requires taking up all three of these pillars both simultaneously and humbly.

Although not solely a program for those who struggle with addiction, this program requires abstaining from alcohol, media, and other negative influences.

Additional Resources for Families

Love First intervention assists families in interventions to open the doors to effective treatments for alcohol and drug addictions.  Love First gives families the tools and resources to function as a Recovery Team for their loved one experiencing addiction.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation website provides evidence-based resources for family members caring for loved ones that are struggling with addiction.  The foundation emphasizes the importance of self-care in this process.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse & mental illness on America’s communities.

Their National Helpline provides 24-hour free & confidential treatment referral & information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English & Spanish. Hotline: 1-800-662-4357

Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego provides different resources for women whose mission is to provide a safe, supportive, sober environment and opportunities for women with few or no resources to gather, begin, and continue self-help efforts.