- Uplift the humanity of people who use drugs by including their voices and experiences in all facets of liturgy/church life. Provide space for people impacted by substance use to tell their stories.
- Familiarize yourself with harm reduction resources, barriers to care, and drug policy/laws impacting people who use drugs in your city/state.
- Using person-affirming and non-stigmatizing language when talking about substance use and the people who use them.
- Include explicit mention of drug related stigma, incarceration, overdose, substance use/misuse/disorder, harm reduction, and recovery in sermons, prayers, benedictions, etc.
- Acknowledge primary/vicarious trauma and complicated grief experienced by people who use drugs and their loved ones, especially in light of the current overdose crisis.
- Solicit donations of and for harm reduction supplies, naloxone, and financial support for people who use drugs.
- Connect with your local union of people who use drugs to see how you can provide support during this time.
- Provide opportunities to ritualize the experiences of people who use drugs such as naming ceremonies for lives lost to overdose.
- Make space/list meeting times for a variety of support programs including AA/NA/CA etc. including Harm Reduction Works, MARA, SMART Recovery, etc.
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