To celebrate National Recovery Month, Fairbanks will host an Addiction Awareness Symposium on Sunday, September 30. This free conference titled “Addiction Happens. Recovery is Possible.” will feature panel discussions, resource exhibits and breakout sessions on intervention and family support. The event is designed to educate faith-based communities and is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the disease of addiction.
Communities of faith are often the first place a person will turn when struggling with an addiction. However, many clergy report that they do not have the knowledge or skills to provide support for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drugs. In fact, 94.4% of clergy consider alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction important issues in their congregations, yet only 12.5% received any coursework on this issue during their studies in seminary (CASA, So Help Me God! 2001)
The Addiction Awareness Symposium at Fairbanks will offer tools and resources to better prepare church leaders to help parishioners struggling with drugs and/or alcohol problems. The schedule of events is as follows:
Noon-5 p.m. Food Trucks and Ministry Resource Exhibits
1-1:45 p.m. Personal Stories of Recovery Q & A
1:45-2:15 p.m. Bruce Perkins - Interventions
2:15-2:45 p.m. Brian and Julie Unwin - Family Support
2:45-3 p.m. Break and Exhibits
3-3:45 p.m. Substance Abuse Ministries Panel
3:45-4 p.m. Rev. John Wantz - Identifying Addiction in your Congregation, past president of Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis
The conference will be held at the Fairbanks Recovery Center at 8102A Clearvista Parkway in Indianapolis. For more information, visit the addiction awareness symposium page or contact Kathleen Gill at 317-572-9469.