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Archbishop Joseph Tobin reflects on why Guest House is by far the best addiction treatment for clergy and men and women religious.
In this video a Catholic Priest with extensive Behavioral Health professional training talks about his very first drink as a young man, his early alcohol use, alcohol abuse and progression into full blown alcoholism.
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Our Mission is to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to assure that clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions have the best opportunity for quality recovery and overall health and wellness.
Guest House has been fulfilling this mission since 1956. Since that time Guest House has treated more than 8,000 Catholic priests, deacons, seminarians and men & women religious.
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Jesus said, a branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains on the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
A popular tradition concerns a Greek slave named Aesop. Like Jesus, he used stories to teach people, especially small children. One of his stories is about a man who had several sons who were always fighting among themselves. One day he called them together and set in front of them a bundle of small branches. Then he invited each son to try to break the bundle in half. Of course, no son could. Then the father untied the bundle and gave the branches—one by one—to the sons to break. They did so with ease. The father then made his point: “My sons, if you remain united, you will be able to withstand any enemy. If you do not remain united, any enemy will be able to defeat you.”
How does this story of the branches relate to Jesus’ story of the vine and the branches? How does this story relate to AA meetings?
If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. I Cor. 12-26