Christian Reflections on Addiction

Angel. Nina Marie Corona, MA, CRS

Presenter: Nina Maria Corona, MA, CRS
Cost: $15/session

Register online below for individual sessions or call Cindy Bratton at 215-934-6206.

Earn credits via the following associations. Please note additional fees apply.
– National Association of Social Workers PA
– National Association of Catholic Chaplains
– Association of Professional Chaplains

Heroin and other opioids are claiming lives throughout the U.S. at a staggering rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses now kill more Americans than either guns or car accidents: 52,000 in 2015 alone, the most recent year for which statistics are available.One person dies of an overdose every 10 minutes.

Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit that affects the afflicted, those who love them, and society at large. The lack of solid information exacerbates fear, induces shame, and produces an unwarranted stigma — all of which hinder the healing process.  An informational and formational series of four evenings, this program examines the four aspects of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease of addiction. Each seminar focuses on one aspect and explores the problem and considers various solutions.  It is intended for those who are suffering from addiction, those who love them, those who minister to them, counselors, physicians, those in the criminal justice system, etc., and anyone with an empathetic heart who would like to receive and spread awareness, education, guidance, encouragement, and hope.

This program is co-sponsored by St. Christopher’s Parish.


We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy (1: Biology)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: FREE. Join Us!

During this first and very important evening, we will take a fairly in-depth look at the latest scientific theories of how exactly substances affect the body and the mind.  Dependence, tolerance, relapse, and denial are just some of the many topics that will be explored.  The second half of the evening will include the numerous options available for those seeking recovery including medications, therapies, various support groups and more.  This week’s virtue: Prudence

We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy (2: Psychology)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

Week two’s focus is on some of the psychological theories that perhaps best explain the use of substances. Although the full benefit is achieved if you attend all four evenings, each evening is an independent presentation. Please join us even if you cannot attend all four evenings.

During this session, we will journey through our human growth and development to consider our core wounds and the layers and layers of traits that we wear for protection which ultimately cause more harm than good.  We will see that the common denominator in all our misguided attempts (whether using substances or not) is the desire to avoid more pain.  The second half of the evening will include what is necessary to make the journey back to our true selves buried deep within.  This week’s virtue:  EMPATHY.

This is the second part of a four-part series that is designed to educate and spread awareness, but unlike other programs this uniquely Christian program offers HOPE and SUPPORT, ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY, and FOSTERS MERCY, FAITH, AND LOVE

We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy (3: Sociology)
Wednesday, October 25, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

This third week’s topic is on the impact of substance abuse on society, with a special focus on the small society of the family.  Although the full benefit is achieved if you attend all four evenings, each evening is an independent presentation.  Please join us even if you cannot attend all four evenings.

During this session, we will learn why exactly addiction is referred to as a “family disease” and how exactly others in the family can become affected when they are not ingesting a substance.  Themes such as blame, shame, anger, guilt, grief, caring, co-dependence, and much more will be explored.  As always, the second half of the evening focuses on various solutions as well as some positive changes that are happening in society.  This week’s virtue: COURAGE.

This is the third part of a four-part series that is designed to educate and spread awareness, but unlike other secular programs this uniquely Christian program offers HOPE and SUPPORT, ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY, and FOSTERS MERCY, FAITH, AND LOVE.

We Thirst: Lessons in Mercy (4: Spirituality)
Wednesday, November 8, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

This four-week series concludes with an examination of our spiritual nature and how and why spirituality is an important part of the recovery process.  Although the full benefit is achieved if you attend all four evenings, each evening is an independent presentation.  Please join us even if you cannot attend all four evenings.

Oftentimes the use of a substance is a misguided attempt to quench a spiritual thirst or craving.  We will explore the missing piece to the puzzle of our lives, the God-shaped hole within each of us, and the only real way that this void can be filled. This week we will discuss not one, but three virtues: FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.

This is the fourth part of a four-part series that is designed to educate and spread awareness, but unlike other secular programs this uniquely Christian program offers HOPE and SUPPORT, ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY, and FOSTERS MERCY, FAITH, AND LOVE.


Earn credits via the following associations. Please note additional fees apply.

National Association of Social Workers PA
NASW-PA Chapter  2.0 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
The NACC s has approved this program for 2.0 Continuing Education Hours per session.

Association of Professional Chaplains
The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered by participants for use as continuing education to enhance the professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains™

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