Oct 19, 2020
This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. So many individuals, including some in our families and communities, sadly, suffer from addiction and substance abuse. For some it all started with prescription drugs after a surgery or procedure. For others it may have been an escape from the harsh realities we deal with in life. God wants you to experience his healing love so you can leave behind the darkness of addiction and find new freedom. He has gifted us with the tools to overcome that darkness: professionals with expertise, hotlines, and addiction resources. Please know that if you have a substance abuse problem or you are a loved one of an individual with a substance abuse issue, you do not walk alone. God is there to accompany you through your trials and difficult times. Help awaits, both nearby and from above, and asking for that help is the first step to recovery.