SAM Scripts - Faith-Based Substance Addiction Ministry

Erik A. Vagenius, MHS, CAP

Education: Master of Health Science (MHS); Major: Alcoholism Sciences, Governors State University; University Park, Illinois.
Diocese of Palm Beach; Director of Office of Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM); Designed, administered, & provided training for parish volunteers for SAM programs in Palm Beach & dioceses throughout the United States. 1998-2013.

Clergy And Lay Recovery Retreats; 1985 - Present.

Columnist, "SAMScripts"; The Florida Catholic, Palm Beach Edition.

Guest House; Rochester, Minnesota and Lake Orion, Michigan; Director, Aftercare Supervisor, Counselor, 1980 to 1994. Master's thesis served as design for Guest House Aftercare Program.

Addiction Counselor, Mercy Hospital, Chicago, IL; 1978-1980; 1986. Private Practice 1994-1998.
Certifications: Master's Level Addiction Professional (MCAP); State Of Florida.
International Certification And Reciproity Consortium (ICADC)
Copyrights: Guest House Aftercare Program; 1988.
Substance Abuse Ministry Training Manual; 2007.
Substance Addiction Ministry Training Manual; 2012
Faith Partners; Austin Texas; Former Board Member.
National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependance; Former Vice-Chairperson of Board of Directors.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); Associate Member.
Television & Radio Appearances: ZNS TV Nassau Bahamas; "Perspective"
ZNS Radio Nassau Bahamas; Radio Call-In Show: "Alcoholism & Family"
Relevant Radio; Interview: "Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) in Parishes"
WWCI TV-10 Vero Beach Florida; "Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) in Parishes"
WAY Chritian Radio Stuart, Florida; "Addiction & Family"
WBOB Jacksonville, FL “Recovery Talk: Spirituality”; Radio Interview
Recent SAM Activities: New "SAM" Team Traning:
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Staten Island, NY
Awards: 2011 Austin Ripley Award to layperson for dedication in field of addiction treatment & recovery within the Church.
Personal Recovery journey from alcoholism began on October 26, 1973. Married to wife Debbie, has three daughters, and one grand-daughter.
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"The baseline for recovery is to establish a relationship between the addict and God." - James West, M.D.