Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
While public health officials have focused on the opioid epidemic in recent years, another epidemic has been brewing quietly, but vigorously, behind the scenes. Methamphetamine use is surging in parts of the U.S. Across the country, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Admissions to treatment facilities for meth are up 17%. Hospitalizations related to meth jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015. And throughout the West and Midwest, 70% of local law enforcement agencies say meth is their biggest drug threat.
Appalachian Pagan Ministry continues to battle the addiction epidemic in every way we possibly can; from spreading information and educating the public, to participating in marches and conferences to help break the stigma associated with addiction and recovery, to finding placement for those in active addiction seeking treatment. This resource page is but one part of our work.
If you or a loved one is battling addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out. If you do not find what you need on this page, email or call us.
At a time when the global pandemic is leading to more and more restrictions on socialization, those in recovery who rely on in-person interactions for accountability and community strength may especially feel the toll.
Support groups, treatment centers and organizations across the U.S. are adjusting their services to offer accountability and community from afar. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, among other groups, have boosted their online presence, hosting live video meetings to provide thousands of people the means to attend through a computer or phone screen rather than in person. Treatment centers have extended their telehealth offerings for patients, promoting their service changes on social media and on their websites.
Here is a list of some online meetings.
The Heilvegr is a new way for our Folk.“For too long, our people have had to suffer in silence. For too long, we have had to look to foreign ways to fix ourselves. Once again our people walk in the Troth of our ancestors. It’s time that we hold out our hand, not only to the wights of this land, but to those of our Folk who suffer in silence. To those who suffer from Addiction, to those who suffer from Depression, to those who suffer from PTSD we hold our our hands. We hold out hope. We hold out The Heilvegr.” ~ Woden’s Folk kindred
Written by Woden’s Folk kindred, The Heilvegr is nine step recovery program specifically geared toward the Heathen world view. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle, and as a companion to the book, we also host weekly virtual support group meetings via the zoom app.
Meeting Schedule / Meeting ID
Tuesday 10:00 am CST / 303 803 540
Thursday 9:00 pm CST
Sunday 12:00pm CST / 303 803 540
Download the Zoom app and for more information on how to get involved with go to The Heilvegr Fellowship or email APM directly.