OPA is not affliated with St. Philip's parish. It is self funded and managed. The following information is provided as a courtesy to those looking for help with addiction.


Opiod/Opiates Anonoymous

In Fall, 2016, St. Philip's welcomed a new group to our list of community-based ministries, when a chapter of OPA (Opiods/Opiates Anonymous) began meeting at the church.  The group meets regularly on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary undercroft.  Its meetings are open to all who wish to attend.


The number of people abusing heroin and prescription drugs like oxycodone, fentanyl and other opiates, has skyrocketed in recent years. This never was merely an "inner city problem," but federal and state governments have been slow to react to this national emergency and provide sufficient funding for both treatment and the interdiction of diverted prescription medications.

 

"Opiates Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship whose members have a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind altering substances. Its members share their experience on how they have recovered from a hopeless state so that they may help others to recover. OPA does not endorse nor oppose any outside causes. It is not affiliated with any political organizations, religions, sects, or denominations. Its Seventh Tradition states that it is fully self-supported, declining outside contributions. The only membership requirement is a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind-altering substances. Its Fifth Tradition states that its primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. OPA's 12 Step Recovery Program is based on the instructions in the first 164 pages of the book Alcoholics Anonymous because, "our experience has shown us that it is simple and that it works." (From the OPA website.) For more information on OPA and its mission, please click this link.

 

The St Philip's OPA chapter currently is the only OPA chapter carrying out the OPA mission in Brooklyn.  If you are looking for a OPA meeting in another area, please click here.


If you suspect you or a member of your family is abusing prescription drugs, please reach out for help.  Learn how to stop the signs of drug abuse by clicking here.


 

 


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