How Do I Connect Addiction and Orthodoxy?

New Podcast with Deacon Nikolas Delaveris.  Living in a Foreign Land: Understanding Addiction from a Clinically-Orthodox Perspective Listen Now.

The Orthodox Christian Network is proud to begin our new podcast “Addiction and Orthodoxy”.  1 in 7 people will face substance abuse in the US alone –  Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general. Addiction not only affects those suffering through it but their friends and family as well. We wanted to provide a place where our listeners can learn more about addiction, recovery and how our Orthodox Faith can give us strength in the darkest of times. During this series Reverend Deacon Nikolas will share real stories about addiction that help educate on the complexity of addiction and the road to recovery.

If you or someone you know is  currently seeking help for your addiction please reach out to your local clergy, counselor, or call SAMSHA 1-800-662-HELP (4357),(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

The Reverend Deacon Nikolas Delaveris, M. Div.

Reverend Deacon Nikolas Delaveris is the Deacon of Saint Sophia Cathedral of Washington, DC.  Deacon Nikolas holds a BA (2008) in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University, a Master of Divinity (2015) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a Certificate of Completion (2015) from the Addictions Counselor Education Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Over the last five years, he has served as an Addictions/Behavioral Health Counselor to a various Mental Health Clinics, Recovery Homes, and Outpatient Programs in both Boston, MA and the DC Metropolitan area. Deacon Nikolas currently works as a private counselor for individual and families across the United States. When not in a clinical or ecclesial setting, Deacon Nikolas enjoys putting his hands to work as a professional carpenter.

In addition to varied internship and employment experiences over the years in both Jazz performance and addictions counseling, Nikolas possesses an extensive record of youth ministry service to the Greek Orthodoxy Archdiocese, including GOYA, OCF, Camp Nazareth, Camp Saint Paul and Ionian Village.


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