About the Conference
"This is a professional conference for faith leaders to learn about addiction and how to best respond. Everyone is welcome as we strive to educate faith communities with what they need to help those addicted."
--Pastor Ed Treat
With growing concern
over the devastation from all forms of addiction, including the ever-increasing opioid crisis, and now the added challenge of a worldwide pandemic, the Center of Addiction & Faith presents this important gathering to raise awareness about the terrible addiction problem we face and how the church and people of faith can help to address it.
The 2022 conference will focus on the correlation between addiction and trauma. Trauma increases the risk of developing substance abuse, and substance abuse increases the likelihood of being re-traumatized by engaging in high-risk behavior. It is also true that individuals who are abusing drugs or alcohol are less able to cope with traumatic events.
We have assembled top internationally-known speakers to inspire and educate attendees to deal with this terrible problem going forward. Breakout sessions will teach attendees how you and your faith community can become a life saving haven for those struggling with addiction, and their loved ones.
Join Us ...
From the world of faith communities:
clergy, rabbis, imams, chaplains, deacons, deaconesses, caregivers, church staff, synod staff, parish nurses, youth leaders, addiction awareness teams, congregants, and the community of people in recovery and their loved ones.
From the world of addiction and mental health treatment:
treatment center staff, counselors, therapists, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in educating themselves in the devastation of addiction and co-occurring disorders and the role faith can play in the healing process.
Open to anyone interested
in exploring the devastation of addiction and co-occurring disorders and the remarkable healing process of faith. Together, we'll enhance our knowledge about addiction and recovery, share stories of learning and hope, and celebrate our faith in God’s abiding grace.
In 2020, researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (N.I.A.A.A.) found that from 1999 through 2017, per capita consumption increased by 8% and the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled, many caused by liver disease. The trends are particularly concerning for women."