The Word Among Us

November 2018 Issue

Fighting for Angela

A Catholic diocese offers healing and hope in the opioid crisis.

By: Patti Armstrong

Fighting for Angela: A Catholic diocese offers healing and hope in the opioid crisis. by Patti Armstrong

“Lord, help us do and say the right things,” prayed Cindy Welling and her husband, Chuck, as they drove to meet their grown daughter, Angela, at her home. The forty-five minute trip from Dunbar, Pennsylvania, to Peters Township felt painfully long. Angela’s phone call from moments earlier replayed in Cindy’s mind: “Mom, my primary care doctor won’t give me any more painkillers. I can’t stop! I’m going through withdrawal.”

A Crisis for the Whole Church. Stories like Angela’s abound. The abuse of opioids has created the worst drug addiction epidemic in...

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