Episode two of the ‘Leave Your Mark’ podcast is now available focusing on the issue of addiction.  The Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative (IBDI) launched the ‘Leave Your Mark’ podcast series in February 2022.  The podcast features profile interviews with sports stars and community leaders telling their stories of how they left their mark on the world and rose above their struggles with addiction.

In episode two, Darren Butler and Michael Murphy discuss the Venerable Matt Talbot, and the impact of the Matt Talbot Addiction Recovery Group from Collon, County Louth.  Michael speaks of his alcohol addiction and how Matt Talbot was central to his recovery.  Darren is also joined by Deacon John Taaffe to discuss his experience of working with people in addiction and how faith plays a crucial part in recovery.

Speaking about the podcast series, Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh and liaison bishop for the IBDI said, “Addiction is a frightening aspect of life in Ireland today.  The rise in the abuse of drugs and alcohol is well documented and many parents, families and communities have suffered and are struggling to respond.

“This series of podcasts and videos produced by the Irish Bishop’s Drugs Initiative will help to highlight the problems that exist, and how those who have struggled with addiction have overcome their challenges. It will provide guidance and hope to people that there is a way out of addiction and that there are services to turn to when needed.”

The Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative is the pastoral response of the Bishops’ Conference to assist parish communities in raising awareness and developing an informed outreach to help address the issue of drugs and alcohol at a local level.

The latest episode of the ‘Leave Your Mark’ podcast can be listened to form the links below:

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