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The Serbian Orthodox Church has blessed the opening of new church-run centers to treat those struggling with substance abuse.

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In the agreement, the Church pledged to continue implementing a programme called “Zemlja Zivih” – “land of the living”. This therapeutic programme, running since 2005, comprises seven centres, which the Church says are treating some 20 to 30 addicts at the moment.
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Re: Serbian Church blesses new centers which will treat addicts
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 10:38:22 PM »
Lord have mercy.

In the book The Mountain of Silence, an Anthonite monk now bishop in Cyprus also started a center for addicts.
Apparently, the monks were quite successful when the addicts were required to participate as fully as possible in the monastic life with manual labor and prayer.
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