Addiction and Recovery

Recovery and Addiction

"Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’"

Mark 5:9


Addiction is a debilitating disease that does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic status.  The Addiction Recovery Advocates Networks (ARAN) engage all who are shackled by inordinate attachments and fixations associated with substance use disorders (SUD) and addictions[1].

 ARAN acts as a conduit to recovery resources for clergy and laity facing the mounting consequences of escalating attachments. We align with diocesan ministries serving vulnerable communities and confronting social injustices that are inflamed by addictions and their consequences.

Ministry Activities:

Animate Christ’s healing grace in accordance with the resolutions adopted by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Pennsylvania:

  • Connection: engage diocesan and parish leadership, treatment providers, self-help recovery communities, and resources providing mental health, legal, economic, and social support.
  • Content: adopt ARAN’s mission statement and scriptural mandate, and maintain a database of resources for crisis response, treatment, transition, and ultimately long-term recovery from SUD and process addictions.  
  • Collaboration: partner with all parish and diocesans missions and ministries serving vulnerable constituents: LGBTQIA+, veterans, people living with disabilities, victims of human trafficking, racism and oppression.
  • Funding: seek private, governmental, and corporate funding to develop awareness, training and education, and pastoral formation and support to clergy and laity.


[1] Disruptive process addictions: work, technology, gambling, sex, food, exercise, spending, etc.

Join Us

Are you passionate about recovery? Consider becoming an advocate for those living with addiction. Our Addiction Recovery Advocates Network is seeking to have a recovery advocate in each parish throughout the Diocese who will respond to persons with a substance use disorder. We are happy to provide more information or answer any questions you may have.

The Rev. Canon Toneh Smyth

The Rev. Canon Toneh Smyth

Canon For Mission

(215) 627-6434 x130