HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Local clergymen got a chance to learn how to help those going through a growing problem, substance abuse.
Dream of Hattiesburg Inc. in partnership with local churches hosted a conference entitled "Substance Abuse and your Congregation." The conference gave ministers information on how to work with those in their church who struggle with addiction, and those in recovery.
The conference covered topics such as 12 Steps, Brain Development and Drug and Alcohol Trends. Dream of Hattiesburg's Linda Vasquez says faith -based conferences like these are offered to give clergymen additional tools to help their community.
"I do think they have information and knowledge, but sometimes I don't think they realize that there are other things that local churches and communities have that they can tie into, or that they themselves may want to try and develop something similar to what another church is doing or an agency doing with in their own local communities and churches," said Vasquez.