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Bearing witness to God’s love and grace, the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) works with United Methodist partners to coordinate a global response to drug and alcohol abuse, dependency and its related violence. SPSARV prepares congregations to offer informed and compassionate responses to the needs of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction.

The Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) is a general church initiative of The United Methodist Church and a part of Global Ministries’ Global Health Unit.  SPSARV, by supporting the development and expansion of evidence-based programs like Celebrating Families!, worship-based models, particularly, Recovery at Cokesbury, and clergy education opportunities through Clinical Pastoral Education in Recovery Ministry and NACoA, prevents substance abuse, reduces stigma related to addiction, and improves access to treatment for substance abusers and their families.

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