Substance Addiction Minsitry "SAM"

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Pope Francis addresses the wounds of drugs on society......

"Clearly there is no single cause of drug addiction. Rather, there are many factors that contribute to it, among which are the absence of a family, social pressures, the propaganda of drug dealers, and the desire for new experiences. Every drug addict has a unique personal story and must be listened to, understood, loved, and, insofar as possible, healed and purified. We cannot stoop to the injustice of categorizing drug addicts as if they were mere objects or broken machines; each person must be valued and appreciated in his or her dignity in order to enable them to be healed. The dignity of the person is what we are called to seek out. They continue to possess, more than ever, a dignity as children of God."

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Upcoming events


SAVE the DATE: August 14, 2019 – Substance Addiction Ministry Recovery Mass -  

SAM“Prayer for those Struggling with Addictions, their Families, and Community”

Addiction touches many people's lives, but it is something that few of us really discuss.  Addiction should not be battled alone!  It impacts the individual, family, and community-we all know someone who is affected by an addiction of some sort.  Please join Archbishop Thompson and Substance Addiction Ministries of Archdiocese of Indianapolis on August 14 at 7:00 pm for a Substance Addiction Ministry Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral (1347 North Meridian St, Indianapolis 46202), where we will lift up in prayer those who are afflicted and affected by addictions.  A reception and refreshments will be available immediately following Mass in the Cathedral Parlor. Please contact us at with any questions. Please RSVP at

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SAM Training

New parish SAM teams are forming all of the time. If you would like to bring SAM to your parish, please contact, Office of Human Life and Dignity at (317) 236-1543 or email Brie Anne Eichhorn, to discuss the requirements and opportunities.


1) to have the support of one’s pastor or PLC

2) to participate in a team training session before engaging in Substance Addiction Ministry.

Substance Addiction Ministry

SAM Resources

The following links provide information to AA, Nar-anon, and Al-anon Meetings

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

~Reinhold Niebuhr


Fr. Ralph Pfau

Fr. Ralph Pfau (1904-1967)

The founder of the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems (NCCA) and a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.


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