Bennett said prayer, while a simple way to support the addicted and their families, is "also the most powerful thing that can be done."
The apostolate may bring about new opportunities for prayer, but it could also be tacking on the intentions to already-established prayer groups.
"Any parish can have that; they might already have Eucharistic adoration or rosary groups and they just add on the intentions of the families suffering from the opioid crisis so that healing power in prayer and Christ can be involved with them," he said.
The parish committee programs will provide opportunities for the laity to be supportive of the families of addicts. "That support could be encouragement, referrals, or someone to talk to if there kid is in jail or very sick," he said.
Addiction is especially rough on the family, as young people are sometimes forced out of the house when they start supporting their addiction with thieving. The family of addicts is an untapped area for ministry, he said, noting that many parents feel ashamed and ostracized from the Church when a child is going through addiction.
"The families pretty much felt like they are hung out to dry," he said. "They feel very harshly judged, they feel weak," and he emphasized the importance of compassion in the situation.
At the Arlington Catholic Herald, Infeld gave insight into her own struggles as a parent of an alcoholic. She said addiction ministry is an opportunity to share the message of God's mercy and to promote healing.
"Families are being destroyed by this disease. Grandparents are raising their grandchildren in retirement because the parents are addicts. Parents are going into debt trying to pay for rehab not just once, but sometimes multiple times. Families most often suffer in silence, not getting the tremendous support and tools that a (ministry or support group) can offer," she said.