Addiction within Church
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Would you know how to approach someone you knew who you suspected is suffering from an addiction or has an unhealthy dependency? What would you do if they were in your church? What are the signs of someone who is a alcoholic, compulsive gambler or addicted to porn on the internet?
A One day conference is to be held at Life Church, Burnley on the 11th May 2019.The conference to include main event shares and also workshops, on addiction within churches today. The conference wants to equip people working within the church, and also members of churches, to identify, understand and support addicts within their church, and their families
Topics being discussed will be:
What addictions are within the church?
Who has the addictions?
Is religion enough for recovery?
What support is available for addicts within the church?
What support is available for church members to support addicts within their church.
Speakers to include:
Recovering Addicts from the church
Professionals working with addicts
Church Members to include, pastors, priests and clergy.
Academics studying addiction
Confirmed Academic Speakers:
Mark Gilman, Managing Director of www.discoveringhealth.co.uk and will be delivering a talk on - 'Spiritus Contra Spiritum': Why alcoholics and addicts need God.
Stephen Bamber is a consultant in the substance misuse field with a personal history of addiction and homelessness. He has an academic background in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and his research interests lie at the intersection of addiction, recovery and spirituality. He will deliver a talk on 'From "addict self" to "spiritual self": Spiritual technologies and the discourses and addiction and recovery
The event will also be attended by many of the 12th step recovery programs who will be available to discuss different addictions and also offer information on the addiction and were help can be found.
In the workshops we will have speakers who have been through addiction and also speakers who support addicts within their addiction. To include 12 step programs, treatment centres and detox and rehab units.
ALL OF THE CONFERENCE TALKS AND WORKSHOPS WILL BE CENTERED AROUND PEOPLE WHO ARE ATTENDING CHURCH AND HAVE BEEN THROUGH ADDICTION AND HAVE FOUND RECOVERY (NOT NECCESSARILY IN THE CHURCH) OR PEOPLE WHO NEVER WENT TO CHURCH, HAVE GAINED RECOVERY AND ARE NOW ATTENDING A CHURCH AND ARE USING OUTSIDE RECOVERY SUPPORT ALONGSIDE THEIR CHURCH SUPPORT.
Ticket price covers the conference, workshops, tea and coffees and also lunch.
See www.eventbrite.co.uk under the heading "Addiction within Church" for ticket sales and further information.
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