Mercy is a ministry committed to spiritual, as well as practical, support for families suffering from the effects of addiction. We will provide awareness about the disease
of addiction, both chemical and process, along with education. We will be available
to pray with, listen to, and support anyone who contacts us in a safe and confidential manner. We are not professionals; we are fellow Catholics trying to live as "missionaries of mercy".
Mercy Ministry Events Below
We Can’t Treat Cancer in 30 days.
Why do we think treating addiction is any different?
IMPORTANT READ FOR PARENTS
For more information check out these two Educational Power Points
Women’s 11th step meditation – will begin on September 6th
Wednesday from 6am to 6:45am in the Parish Center
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Join us, even if you are not part of “program”, for a great way to start our day as “we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.” Page 86 of AA Big Book
ONGOING EDUCATION & INFORMATION
Mercy Team Members
Mercy Team Members are willing to take calls on a completely confidential basis.
For more information contact Karen Farley email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 610.525.4801 x 202
Family Support Groups
St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Center
Women's 11th step Spirituality Mtg.
Villanova University - Open Meetings
Saturdays 7:00 am & 8:30am
New Leaf Club - Parent Support Group
Ongoing Education, Meetings & Events
5 Things You Need to Know About Relapse
Documentary RISKY DRINKING
Wall Street Journal video explaining the dangerous effects of Fentanyl use.
Article about opioid use Sept. 2016
Recent interview with Fr. Bill Hultberg who worked for decades at the Caron Foundation.
Heroin, Stop the Silence, Speak the truth.
Start the Conversation.
MERCY MINISTRY INFORMATION
Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT)
Parity for Mental Health benefits.
Faces & Voices of Recovery – Comprehensive Addiction Resources
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Older Adults and Alcohol Article from the NIAAA
A Members Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous
4 COMMON RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH TEEN DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE
Several decades of research shows that some teens are more at risk for developing a substance abuse problem than other teens. Understanding risk factors is very important when a child with more risk has already experimented with substances or has a problem. Knowing the risk factors will give you a clearer picture of why certain things might have happened and how to get the right kind of treatment.
Family History: Family history of drug or alcohol problems, especially when it is the parent’s history, can place a child at increased risk for developing a problem.
Mental or Behavioral Disorder: If your child has a psychiatric condition like depression, anxiety or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), he or she is more at risk for developing a drug or alcohol problem.
Trauma: Children who have a history of traumatic events (such as witnessing or experiencing a car accident; natural disaster; being a victim of physical or sexual abuse) have been shown to be more at risk for substance use problems later in life.
Impulse Control Problems: Children who frequently take risks or have difficulty controlling impulses are more at risk for substance use problems.
Learn More About Risk Factors:
Time to act. Learn the risk factors.