Few problems are worse than addiction issues, and it is largely through working with the private sector that many religious institutions have found a way to help members of their congregation. While most of them do not normally provide a direct service for helping members with this troubling problem, they are more than willing to offer space for meetings. It might not appear to be much of an effort to curb this growing problem, but it can be a good way to help those in need.
Being addicted to drugs or alcohol often requires people who want to straighten out their lives to attend meetings and support groups for many years. They might relapse several times before they see any sign of success, and being able to count on their local religious institution to provide a place where they can find the support they need often makes the difference between success and failure.