Overcoming Addiction in Canada – The Recovery Capital Conference includes evening sessions for families and community to participate in the Recovery Capital discussions.
Just Say Know: Helping Families and Communities Face the Drug-use and Addiction
- New Westminster BC – September 5th, 2019
- Calgary AB – September 11th, 2019
- Winnipeg MB – September 13th, 2019
- Regina SK – September 20th, 2019
- Halifax NS – September 24th, 2019
Presentation and Dialogue Sessions will take place to help create a Recovery Capital Assessment Toolkit for Canadians with Substance Use Disorder.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”