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What is St. Paul Prevention Ministry?
"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"
Literature suggests prevention (primary) of drug use to begin at home and school, reinforced or continued by community programs, provided by parents, teachers, counselors and other trained individuals. Evidence supports prevention as the most effective way to deal with addiction. Over time, skills and knowledge gained will be applicable to all aspects of life choices.
Addiction affects people from all walks of life, regardless of age, profession, gender, religious beliefs, or race. The majority of those already diagnosed with the disease are still in the work force. Current prevention programs (eg D.A.R.E. program) reach only a small and select portion of the population.
Every individual attaining the knowledge, strength, determination, and will to help others, and to help themselves make positive life choices.
Our mission is to empower our faith community by raising awareness and knowledge of positive life choices by:
- achieving balanced living
- strengthening personal identity and faith in Christ and humanity through the resources, friendship, and informal support of our Catholic community and family.
Goal: To develop or improve individual core values by:
- Promoting awareness on how to prevent making possibly harmful life choices.
- Helping parishioners gain knowledge and skills to develop resilience to addictive behaviors, including the misuse of alcohol and drugs.
- With secondary goal of establishing a support network within the parish for persons who may already be affected by addiction.