Beyond The Beacon

23: Father Ed Reading on addiction, recovery, and spirituality

September 07, 2023 Diocese Of Paterson Season 1 Episode 23
Beyond The Beacon
23: Father Ed Reading on addiction, recovery, and spirituality
Show Notes

Join Bishop Kevin Sweeney and Communications Director Jai Agnish for episode 23 of Beyond The Beacon, a podcast of the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. They welcome Father Ed Reading, a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor who serves in specialized ministry "healing the healers." Ordained in 1972, he has been serving as a worker priest in professional settings while providing weekend pastoral services to parishes. Father Reading is a distinguished Catholic Charities board member who worked at Straight and Narrow in the 1970s. He has been an addiction professional since 1969, is a member of several national and international organizations, and has taught addiction studies at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has lectured to medical and pastoral professional groups throughout the United States and Canada.

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Click here to watch Father Ed Reading's informational sessions about addiction for families, parishes, and communities. They are titled "The Basics of Addictive Diseases,"  "Dynamics of the Addicted Family," and "Stages and Patterns of Adolescent Substance Use."

Read Father Reading's article about spirituality and addiction here

Learn more about recovery and Straight and Narrow here.

Produced by Jai Agnish and Bishop Kevin Sweeney for the Diocese of Paterson. 
Engineered and edited by Jai Agnish. 
Illustrations by Dennis Dalelio.
Music by Jai Agnish.

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