The issues concerned with pastoral ministry in substance dependency programs tend to cluster around whether
or not there is a need for pastoral ministers in substance abuse programs; and, if they are employed, will
their ministry be effective to the extent that they feel
accepted as a professional, are appreciated by other staff
members, perceive self as self-actualizing, and can they
assist people with substance dependency problems to regain
spiritual values and become more integrated with the religious preference of their choice. I, personally, have
never seen anyone achieve a sober life style without God.