The Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Georgia. The organization grew out of a recognized need for sound addictions education that addresses the needs of clergy and members of congregations and communities throughout the Southeast who are called upon to assist those whose lives are impacted by substance abuse and addiction. The Institute also offers educational programs designed specifically to help families and individuals learn how to respond effectively to the destructive behaviors of addicted loved ones. Training provided by the Institute approaches addiction as a disease, not a moral failing, and recovery as a long, ongoing process in which a 12-step program is an essential element.
Founding members of the Institute include individuals from different walks of life who share a passion for addressing addiction disease because it has impacted our lives, either personally or through an addicted loved one. Our members include professional providers of addictions education and treatment, clergy, counselors, and men and women from the business world, making possible a sharing of knowledge and experience between faith and science, congregation and community for a well-rounded approach to addictions education.
The mission of the Institute is to provide addictions education and resources to congregations and communities throughout the Southeastern United States. The Institute offers regularly-scheduled, comprehensive workshops designed for clergy, laity, and anyone seeking to better understand chemical dependency and its many related problems. Instruction is led by professionals from the field of substance abuse and addictions, thus bringing faith and science together and enabling all of us to become active agents of prevention and supporters of recovery
A better understanding of the disease of addiction and its devastating spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical process, including its painful impact on individuals, families, congregations, and communities.
The ability (1) to identify, communicate effectively with, and offer appropriate referral to individuals needing help, and (2) to provide effective support services for their families.
Active collaboration between the communities of faith and science — (1) effectively promoting prevention, treatment and recovery education, and (2) creating a greater community awareness of substance abuse and dependence and how to access the needed help.
Results that show a positive impact, ultimately including a downward trend in drug and alcohol abuse and dependence and the related problems in congregations and communities throughout the Southeast.