Denver Newsroom, Jul 21, 2020 / 02:01 am
The Calix Society serves as a way for Catholics undergoing a 12 Step program to integrate their faith into their recovery, staying sober and sharing in a community where they can identify Christ as their higher power.
While it is not a replacement for other recovery programs, the Calix Society is a supplemental course for people struggling with addiction to embrace their Catholic faith.
The gatherings, which are held monthly, fortnightly, or weekly, are composed of two parts - spiritual practice and discussion. The meeting will begin with a spiritual exercise, such as Mass or the rosary. Then the group will either read from books like the Twelve Steps, have speakers share their faith, or watch faith-filled videos.
Ken Johnston, who is almost 29 years sober and is the program's treasurer, told CNA that pursuing spirituality is helpful to the recovery process, and Calix allows recovering addicts to participate in a community that expresses a desire for the Catholic faith.