My Recovery Plan

In 2020 the Recovery Capital Conference will launch Canada’s first Recovery Capital Assessment and Recovery Planning Toolkit which includes free to use assessment tools.

Mentor clients. Monitor progress. Measure outcomes. List your services for others to find support.

Recovery Capital Assessment Toolkit for people in recovery, people who use drugs, family members of people who use drugs, and clinicians with patients with substance use disorder.

Request a Demo or List Your Service

Learn more about My Recovery Plan or learn how you can list your service in the mental health and addiction recovery directory

Please  email  giuseppe@lastdoor.org  

Measure your Recovery Capital, see where your strengths are !

Whole Person Recovery

A user-centred system’s approach to problem drug use. Europe has been building recovery capital for decades to solve their addiction crisis, be part of Canada’s Building Recovery Capital Conference.

A simple tool for measuring recovery gains and resilience at the individual and aggregate levels.

Create informed and effective recovery care plans based on cutting edge recovery research.

Manage your entire platform, from individualized care to accounting and contract reporting.

Each component of My Recovery Plan is built on research and best practices developed by the academic community over the last 50 years.

How’s your Recovery Capital?

Photo Credit – Broome, Steve & Daddow, Rebecca. (2010).

Registration and Program

Recovery Capital Conference Virtual Conference

September 4th 2020

Bringing together thought leaders, policymakers, health care professionals, persons with lived & living experience, for conversations about building Recovery Capital in Canadians to overcome addiction and mental health issues.

In response to COVID-19 the in-person 5 city conference will take place on a production stage as seem below and streamed as a webinar.
As promised over the past three years, we will be launching Canada’s Recovery Capital Assessment and Recovery Planning Toolkit called “My Recovery Plan”

One Day Webinar will include Expert Speakers presenting on Assessing and how to build Recovery Capital, the Science of Recovery, CEUs will be offered for the one-day webinar.

Building on our Strengths to Overcome Addiction 

September 4th 2020 Online Webinar

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN $50 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 2020 PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Resisting Burnout with Justice-Doing and Believed-in Hope

Vikki will be presenting at the following conferences.

Vikki Reynolds will differentiate vicarious trauma & burn out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice with the people we want to be useful to.

We’ll look at our solidarity and ‘shouldering each other up in dark times immersed in mean spirited politics and neo-liberalism.

Vikki  will invite us to consider the transformations our work and the people we work alongside co-create. We’ll explore our relationship to a believed in hope, and resisting charitable and patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers.

We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn out that is client-centered, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologizing ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient…and that’s going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness…

Learning Objectives

  1. Practices of collective care as a resistance against Vicarious Trauma
  2. Enacting Ethics as a path to sustainability and resisting Burn Out
  3. Collective Accountability and Justice-Doing as an ethical frame for our work

References

Scholarly or scientific publications that were used as references while developing the content for this presentation.

Reynolds, V. (2011). Resisting burnout with justice-doing. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. (4) 27-45.

Richardson, C., & Reynolds, V. (2012). “Here we are amazingly alive”: Holding ourselves together with an ethic of social justice in community work.

International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 1:1-19.
nd structuring safety. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. No. 1, 1-13.

Bio

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy.

Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities.

Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.

Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: www.vikkireynolds.ca

>>> REGISTER HERE <<<

Recovery Capital Conference Schedules

Register for Recovery Capital Conference

Multiple dates and cities:

  • September 5, 2019 – New Westminster, BC, Anvil Centre
  • September 11, 2019 – Calgary, AB, Best Western Plaza
  • September 13, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB, RBC Convention Centre
  • September 20, 2019 – Regina, SK, Queensbury Convention Centre
  • September 24, 2019 – Halifax, NS, Pier 21

>>> REGISTER TODAY <<<

Attend the Recovery Capital Conference and engage in dialogue sessions to assist in the development of a Recovery Capital Assessment Toolkit and learn about the upcoming New Recovery Capital Certification.

Receive the education that qualifies you for the NEW Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation Recovery Capital Associate (RCA) certification and learn about the Recovery Capital Professional Certification (RCP)

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RCA and RCP

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CEUs

New Westminster

 

 

Calgary

Regina

Winnipeg

Halifax

Register for Recovery Capital Conference

Multiple dates and cities:

  • September 5, 2019 – New Westminster, BC, Anvil Centre
  • September 11, 2019 – Calgary, AB, Best Western Plaza
  • September 13, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB, RBC Convention Centre
  • September 20, 2019 – Regina, SK, Queensbury Convention Centre
  • September 24, 2019 – Halifax, NS, Pier 21

New Westminster, British Columbia – September 5 & 6th 2019

 

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Calgary, Alberta – September 11, 2019

 

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Regina, Saskatchewan – September 20, 2019

 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba – September 13, 2019

 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – September 24, 2019

 

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New Westminster, British Columbia – September 5, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – September 11, 2019
Winnipeg, Manitoba – September 13, 2019
Regina, Saskatchewan – September 20, 2019
Halifax, Nova Scotia – September 24, 2019

Register for Just Say Know: an evening with Author David Sheff
Register for Just Say Know: an evening with Author David Sheff

 

Recovery Capital Conference CEUs

Recovery Capital Conference Continuing Education Opportunities

The following certification bodies have approved CE Units for conference delegates:

Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation

BC – 12

AB – 7.5

SK – 7

MB – 7

NS – 7.5

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

BC – 12

AB – 6

SK – 6

MB – 6

NS – 6

Employee Assistance Certification Commission

BC – 17.25

AB – 7.75

SK – 6.75

MB -7.25

NS -7.25

Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada

BC – 12

AB – 7.25

SK – 6.75

MB – 6.75

NS – 7.25

The National Association for Addiction Professionals

BC – 12

AB – 5.75

SK – 6.75

MB – 6.75

NS – 7.25

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada

BC – 12

AB – 7.25

SK – 6.75

MB – 6.75

NS – 7.25

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Recovery Capital Associate (RCA) and Recovery Capital Professiona (RCP)

More CEUs

As more Continuing Education information is provided by various certification bodies it will be made available on the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada website.

Please check our website for additional information on claiming your continuing education units with individual certification bodies, as each have their own requirements and prerequisites.

How do I get my CEUS

Certificates will be emailed after proof of attending the conferences.

Register today 

Multiple dates and cities:

  • September 5, 2019 – New Westminster, BC, Anvil Centre
  • September 11, 2019 – Calgary, AB, Best Western Plaza
  • September 13, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB, RBC Convention Centre
  • September 20, 2019 – Regina, SK, Queensbury Convention Centre
  • September 24, 2019 – Halifax, NS, Pier 21

 

 

Recovery Capital Certification

This year Canada’s Recovery Capital Assessment Toolkit and Recovery Planner will be available,

Be an innovator in your field.

By attending the Recovery Capital Virtual Webinar you will receive the education you need to qualify you for the NEW Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation  (CACCF) Recovery Capital Associate (RCA) certification.

Be a change agent and leader in your field.

 

Work with your clients with a strength-based approach.

Individuals who obtain RCA will also be able to further their credentials by obtaining the Recovery Capital Professional certificate.  Details below.

 

 


Recovery Capital Associate 

  • Membership with CACCF in good standing
  • Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) in good standing or the equivalent of 270 education hours of Substance Use/ Addiction specific
  • Formal Education 4000 hours of Clinical Work Experience and 300 hours of Supervised Clinical Training.
  • Supervisor’s Evaluation Form. The supervisor must be/have been in an acting capacity for 6 months or more
  • Read & Sign Consent to Release Information
  • Read & Sign Canon of Ethics Principles
  • Application Processing Fee

Work Experience

Work experience is for the purpose of acquiring and refining skills needed to be a competent substance use/addictions counsellor. This must be direct experience in counselling based on the “Twelve Core Functions”. Such experience is defined as supervised work, paid, working directly with clients with a primary diagnosis of substance use. In order to be eligible for certification, candidates must document that they have obtained qualified clinical work experience in the field.

The candidate must have the equivalent of two (2) years full-time work experience (4000 hours) within the past five (5) years providing direct and regularly supervised counselling services to persons with the primary diagnosis of substance abuse.

  • Experience or practise in substance use disorders in each of the 12 core functions areas, can be made up of the following:
  • Paid work experience
  • The experience acquired by means of a supervised practicum/ internship, undertaken as part of a program of study.
  • Proven experience as a volunteer in a Wellness/ Addiction Organization or recovery-oriented system of care

Education

Education includes University or College. Education must be related to the base of knowledge and skills, associated with the “Twelve Core Functions” of the addiction counsellor. To be eligible, all education must be documented by means of a transcript, and course outlines if not a preapproved program.

The applicant must have a minimum of 270 hours of education, including a minimum of 1.5 hours specific to recovery capital, in the knowledge and skill areas.

Twelve core functions

All clinical training hours must be documented as to where and with whom they took place, and what material was covered. This documentation must indicate a minimum of ten (10) hours of supervision in each of the “Twelve

  • Core Functions”
  • Client Screening
  • Client Intake
  • Client Orientation
  • Treatment Planning
  • Client Assessment
  • Counselling
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Client Education
  • Referral
  • Reports and Record Keeping
  • Consultations with Other Professionals

Supervised Clinical Training

The minimal accepted standard is 300 hours. It is expected that this supervision will be a continuous, on-going part of the counsellor’s experience.

A “supervisor” shall be interpreted to mean the person who has responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the performance of alcohol and drug counsellors and students. This individual must be a person with comprehensive knowledge of the treatment of alcoholism and drug dependency and have reached a supervisory position in a treatment setting. Others, who might be in positions of authority, but with little knowledge of addiction, would not be acceptable.

Supervised clinical training is supervision designed to improve and evaluate a counsellor’s knowledge and skill in the “Twelve Core Functions”. This training must be part of the eligible clinical work experience and may be completed under more than one supervisor or agency.

Recovery Capital Competencies

  1. Ability to assess strengths and competencies of clients when completing recovery capital assessments, providing strength-based interventions and facilitating ongoing recovery plans.
  2. Demonstrated ability to utilize the twelve core functions when employing counselling methods that are respectful of the values and needs of the person approaching recovery or currently recovering and tailor treatment planning to increase the recovery capital they possess.


Recovery Capital Professional 

  • Application Checklist
  • Membership with CACCF in good standing
  • International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor (ICADC) in good standing or the equivalent of 300 education hours of Substance Use/ Addiction specific
  • Formal Education 6000 hours of Clinical Work Experience and 300 hours of Supervised Clinical Training.
  • Supervisor’s Evaluation Form. The supervisor must be/have been in an acting capacity for 6 months or more
  • Read & Sign Consent to Release Information
  • Read & Sign Canon of Ethics Principles
  • Case presentation form describing your practice of the Recovery Capital Competencies
  • Application Processing Fee

Work Experience

Experience or practice in substance use disorders in each of the 12 core functions areas, can be made up of the following:

  • Paid work experience
  • Experience acquired by means of a supervised practicum/ internship, undertaken as part of a program of study.
  • Proven experience as a volunteer in a Wellness/ Addiction Organization or recovery-oriented system of care

Education

Education includes university or college. Education must be related to the base of knowledge and skills, associated with the “Twelve Core Functions” of the addiction counsellor. To be eligible, all education must be documented by means of a transcript, and course outlines if not a pre-approved program.

The applicant must have a minimum of 300 hours of education, including a minimum of 3 hours specific to recovery capital, in the knowledge and skill areas.

The applicant should have documented hours of education at the post secondary or training level in the following:

Addiction Recovery specific topics

  • Introduction to Addictions
  • Dynamics of Addictions
  • Pharmacology
  • Human Development
  • Addiction Interventions
  • Self, Health and Wellness
  • Ethics / Cultural Values
  • Addiction – related topics
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Mental Health
  • Group Therapy
  • Philosophies and theories of recovery-oriented systems of care
  • Recovery Capital Assessment and tools
  • Relapse prevention
  • Suicide
  • Drugs / Substances
  • Self – care
  • Concurrent Disorders

Twelve core functions

  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Treatment Planning
  • Counselling: Individual, Group and Significant Other
  •  Case Management
  • Client Education
  • Referral
  • Reports and Record Keeping
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Orientation Case Management
  • Consultation with Other Professionals

General Skills and Knowledge

  • Communications
  • Group Facilitation
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Conflict Resolution / Management

Supervised Clinical Training

Applicant requires supervised training during their experience hours. Practicum is optional, but the hours can be counted as hours of work experience

Recovery Capital Competencies

  1. Ability to respect, implement and incorporate culturally competent recovery-oriented competencies when providing counselling – such as strength-based approaches utilizing recovery capital tools and assessments.
  2. Ability to assess strengths and competencies of clients when completing recovery capital assessments, providing strength-based interventions and facilitating ongoing recovery plans.
  3. Utilize a strength-based recovery-oriented framework that fosters physical, psychological and emotional safety (i.e.: trauma-informed practices, cultural humility/competency) and identifies opportunities for the person to maintain or re-establish a sense of autonomy and empowerment.
  4. Demonstrated ability to utilize the twelve core functions when employing counselling methods that are respectful of the values and needs of the person approaching recovery or currently recovering and tailor treatment planning to increase the recovery capital they possess

Nuno Capez

Recovery Capital Conference Speaker

Overcoming Addiction in Canada by building Recovery Capital and building on our strengths.

Do you manage employees or work in healthcare?

The Recovery Capital Conference is a must attend event.

Workplace  |  Healthcare  |  Families  | Communities

Featuring global experts and workshops

Nuno Capez

  •  September 11th 2019 Calgary AB
  • September 13th 2019 Winnipeg MB
  • September 20th 2019 Regina SK
  • September 24th 2019 Halifax SK

addiction recovery conference

Portugal Drug Policy, more than just decriminalization 

 

 

In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the usage of all drugs and diverted drug users from the judicial / criminal system to the health care system.

In this session

  • Nuno will share the Portuguese experience since they decriminalized drugs.
  • Pratical explanation on how the Dissuasion Commissions work on a daily basis.
  • Q&A.

Register Here <<<

This year’s conference also features

  • The premiere of a Canadian documentary film on the Portuguese model.
  • Dialogue sessions to help create a recovery capital toolkit for Canadians

 

 

Presented by

Last Door Recovery Society   |   Westminster House     |  Global BC

Canadian Centre on Substance and Addiction  |    Cedars at Cobble Hill

Orchard Recovery Centre        |    iRecover Addiction Treatment Centres

 


Who Should Register?

Physicians, Occupational Health Leaders, Human Resources Managers, Health Care Policy Makers, Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Interventionists, Residential Treatment Centre Management and Clinical Teams, Students, Union Leaders, Community Leaders, Disability Management Coordinators, Professional Regulatory Bodies, Insurance Carriers, Labour Relations Specialists, Employee Assistance Program providers, Labour Lawyers, Safety Committee Members, Union Representatives.


 

Evening Session with David Sheff

 

Beautiful Boy trailer

 

Steven Page

Recovery Capital Conference Speaker

Overcoming Addiction in Canada by building Recovery Capital and building on our strengths.

Do you manage employees or work in healthcare?

The Recovery Capital Conference is a must attend event.

Workplace  |  Healthcare  |  Families  | Communities

Featuring global experts and workshops

Steven Page  -Two Canadian Dates

  •  September 6th 2019 New Westminster BC
  • September 24th 2019 Halifax SK

 

Overcoming Adversity

 

 

In his funny and self-deprecating keynotes he offers insightful tips on how to feel better, live well, express ourselves every day, and how music helps to heal us. Through moving anecdotes, Page shares his creative processes, how it helped him through his issues. Page talks about overcoming embarrassment, and learning to appreciate, love, and harness his voice. Late in the talk, he picks up an acoustic guitar and starts to strum, reminding us why he’s counted among Canada’s premiere musicians.

A witty, endearing, and introspective speaker, Steven Page enjoyed two decades of success as co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, the popular band from Scarborough, Ontario, who dominated MuchMusic, sold millions of albums, and received two Billboard Awards and six Junos along the way. His evolving artistic path now has him blazing a solo trail, where he continues to take chances and catch the public’s attention with a variety of new projects—including some of his best material yet.

Register Here <<< New Westminster BC

Register Here <<< Halifax NS

This year’s conference also features

  • The premiere of a Canadian documentary film on the Portuguese model.
  • Dialogue sessions to help create a recovery capital toolkit for Canadians

 

 

Presented by

Last Door Recovery Society   |   Westminster House     |  Global BC

Canadian Centre on Substance and Addiction  |    Cedars at Cobble Hill

Orchard Recovery Centre        |    iRecover Addiction Treatment Centres

 


Who Should Register?

Physicians, Occupational Health Leaders, Human Resources Managers, Health Care Policy Makers, Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Interventionists, Residential Treatment Centre Management and Clinical Teams, Students, Union Leaders, Community Leaders, Disability Management Coordinators, Professional Regulatory Bodies, Insurance Carriers, Labour Relations Specialists, Employee Assistance Program providers, Labour Lawyers, Safety Committee Members, Union Representatives.


 

Evening Session with David Sheff

 

Beautiful Boy trailer

Register Here <<< New Westminster BC

Register Here <<< Halifax NS

Johann Hari

Recovery Capital Conference Speaker

Overcoming Addiction in Canada by building Recovery Capital and building on our strengths.

Do you manage employees or work in healthcare?

The Recovery Capital Conference is a must attend event.

Workplace  |  Healthcare  |  Families  | Communities

Featuring global experts and workshops

Johann Hari – 4 Canadian Dates:

  •  September 6th 2019 New Westminster BC
  • September 11th 2019 Calgary AB
  • September 13th 2019 Winnipeg MB
  • September 20th 2019 Regina SK

Recovery Capital Conference

Rethinking Addiction Social Recovery in the Age of Loneliness

 

For Johann Hari, drugs have always been personal. One of his earliest memories is of being unable to wake a relative. Since then, he’s watched loved ones struggle with addiction, all the while believing in the basic story about drugs and dependency echoed by our teachers and governments. That is, until he set out to find his own answers. Embarking upon a 30,000-mile, 12-country journey to really understand the war on drugs, Hari uncovered a much different narrative—that everything we’ve been told about addiction for the past 100 years is wrong.

As Hari learned, emerging science proves that addiction isn’t actually caused by drugs, but by conditions of social isolation and pain. Addiction isn’t the result of a moral failing or depravity, or the inevitable result of a chemical dependency, but a product of our social environments. This means we need to pursue a radically different approach to addicts, abandoning conventional cycles of shame, stigma, and incarceration, and instead adopting greater capacities of compassion. “So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety,” Hari writes. “It is human connection.”

In this talk, Hari discusses the landmark studies that demonstrate the connections between addiction and environment. He investigates the countries that have witnessed incredible success by accepting these findings: plummeting rates of drug use, addiction, violent crime, overdoses, and more. And he issues a call to treat the addicts in our lives much differently, changing both our politics and our hearts. Combining the best social science with vividly human anecdotes, this is a transformative talk about what it means to be addicted, and what it means to recover.

Learning Objectives

  1. Emerging science proves that addiction isn’t actually caused by drugs, but by conditions of social isolation and pain.
  2. Addiction isn’t the result of a moral failing or depravity, or the inevitable result of a chemical dependency, but a product of our social environments.
  3. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety,” Hari writes. “It is human connection.”

Register Here <<<

This year’s conference also features

  • The premiere of a Canadian documentary film on the Portuguese model.
  • Dialogue sessions to help create a recovery capital toolkit for Canadians

 

 

Presented by

Last Door Recovery Society   |   Westminster House     |  Global BC

Canadian Centre on Substance and Addiction  |    Cedars at Cobble Hill

Orchard Recovery Centre        |    iRecover Addiction Treatment Centres

Save On Foods Pharmacy       |       HUM Health Upwardly Mobile

Fresh Start Recovery Centre    |   St Raphael Wellness Centre


Who Should Register?

Physicians, Occupational Health Leaders, Human Resources Managers, Health Care Policy Makers, Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Interventionists, Residential Treatment Centre Management and Clinical Teams, Students, Union Leaders, Community Leaders, Disability Management Coordinators, Professional Regulatory Bodies, Insurance Carriers, Labour Relations Specialists, Employee Assistance Program providers, Labour Lawyers, Safety Committee Members, Union Representatives.


Johann Hari References

Sigfusdottir, ID., Thorlindsson, T, Kristjansson, AL, Roe, KM, Allegrante, JP (2008). Substance use
prevention for adolescents: the Icelandic Model, Health Promotion International, Vol. 24 No. 1.

Sigfusdottir, ID., Kristjansson, AL, Gudmunsdottir MA , Allegrante, JP (2011).Substance use prevention
through school and community-based health promotion: a transdisciplinary approach from Iceland,
Global Health Promotion 1757-9759; Vol 18(3): 23–26

https://mosaicscience.com/story/iceland-prevent-teen-substance-abuse

Griffin, K.W. and Botvin, G.J. (2010). Evidence-Based Interventions for Preventing Substance Use
Disorders in Adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. Jul; 19(3): 505–526. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2916744/

Population trends in smoking, alcohol use, and primary prevention variables among adolescents in Iceland, 1997-2014. Addiction 111, 645-652.

Johann Hari BIO

Drawing on international research and diverse studies, Johann Hari’s latest book Lost Connections proposes a simple but radical premise: as depression and anxiety rates rise around the world, maybe we need to look at the causes of mental illness beyond our own brains. His previous book, Chasing the Scream, similarly penetrated our beliefs surrounding addiction. As he persuasively shows audiences, the cure is in solving systemic problems of isolation and poverty—and working towards making people feel they belong, are valued, skilled, and with a secure future. Hari’s is a campaign of human connection. Hari is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Chasing the Scream, the product of his four-year, 12-country, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. Called “breathtaking” by The Guardian, “gripping” by The Financial Times, and “riveting” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs explores three startling truths: drugs are not what we think they are, and neither is addiction. Hari’s viral TED Talk—viewed online more than 15 million times—is a funny, fascinating, and moving look at the ways in which we turn to addiction as a response to conditions of isolation and disengagement in our lives.

Hari has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, El Mundo, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He was a lead op-ed columnist for The Independent, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, for nine years, and was named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International twice. He was named ‘Environmental Commentator of the Year’ at the Editorial Intelligence awards, and ‘Gay Journalist of the Year’ at the Stonewall awards. He has also won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for political writing.


Evening Session with David Sheff

 

Beautiful Boy trailer

Just Say Know with Author David Sheff

New York Times Best Selling Author David Sheff Interactive Family Dialogue

BUY $40 TICKETS HERE

Just Say Know: Helping Families and Communities Face the Drug-use and Addiction

 

Canadian Dates:

A 2 hour dialogue session with interactive Q&A followed by a book signing after each event.

EVENT DETAILS

6:00 pm- Registration with light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

7:00 pm – Speaker presentation followed by Q&A.with Moderator Linda Lane, interventionist

9:00 pm – Program concludes.

Join David Sheff as he discusses the impact the disease had on his family, and what they ultimately learned from this heart-breaking experience. What were the early warning signs? What would they have done differently? Can you prevent this from happening to your family? How can we have greater compassion and understanding for this disease?What do to, enabling, codependency, relapse and many more topics

Beautiful Boy Trailer

JUST SAY KNOW with David Sheff

In the past, people thought addiction was a choice made by people without will power or morals, who wanted to get high no matter how much they hurt their loved ones – or themselves. Suffers were shamed and blamed. We demanded of them confession and contrition.

But addiction isn’t a choice. It’s a progressive, chronic, and potentially fatal disease. People who are ill don’t need blame, chastisement, or punishment, but compassion, support, and the best medical treatment available.

Addiction doesn’t only affect the one who’s ill, but their family; every family with an addicted loved one knows the confusion, debilitation, and fear. Like their addicted loved one, they need support. They also need help navigating what can be the most harrowing challenge they’ll ever face.

The good news is that the addicted – and their families – can heal. No person or family can face addiction alone. To help our loved ones and families, communities must come together and work together. Our efforts must involve the efforts of parents, teachers and schools, social services agencies, providers of health care, businesses, faith-based groups, law enforcement, politicians, and others. When we face addiction together, we move out of darkness and suffering and into light, hope, and healing.

Moderated By Linda Lane Devlin from Interventions on Demand

>>> BUY TICKETS  Here <<<

 

 

Presented by

Last Door Recovery Society   |   Westminster House,

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction  |    Cedars at Cobble Hill

Orchard Recovery Centre        |   iRecover Addiction Treatment Centres

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

Learning Objectives

  1. An understanding of the new paradigm of treating addiction, not as a choice and reflection of character, but as a brain disease – and why it’s essential that people are educated.
  2. An understanding of the broken treatment system that’s rooted in guilt and blaming people who are ill–and as a result is killing people, and what must replace it: science-based treatment.
  3. An understanding of the impact of addition on families and families’ roles in preventing drug use and treating addiction. In addiction, the ways families can be helped.
  4. To learn how to replace useless prevention techniques of the past with ones that work, including those based on addressing the underlying reasons people use drugs (stress, mental illness, poverty, family dysfunction, etc).

David Sheff Bio

David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a number-one New York Times bestseller. The book was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine and won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” In 2009, David was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. A feature film adaptation of “Beautiful Boy,” produced by Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment and starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, was released in the U.S. in October 2018 and internationally in February 2019.

David followed Beautiful Boy with the book Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, also a New York Times bestseller. Clean was the result of the years David spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. The Partnership for Drug-free Kids honored him with a Special Tribute Award “in recognition of his voice and leadership for families who are struggling with addiction.” He was also awarded the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Media Award, and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award “to recognize his compelling portrayal of addiction and its personal effects on families and society as a whole.”

David also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop. Along with The New York Times Magazine, he has written for The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Playboy, Esquire and Observer Magazine in England, Foreign Literature in Russia, and Playboy (Shueisha) in Japan. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, Steve Jobs, and others.

Sanjay Gupta, MD, chief medical correspondent for CNN, says, “David Sheff knows addiction as no parent would ever want. Through it all, he’s tapped into a unique ability to convey the pain, wisdom and love that he’s experienced through many turbulent years with his son Nic. As a journalist, father and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David is without peer.”