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Epiphany, metanoia & praxis:  Essential Elements for healing and recovery

      Thank you for your interest in this year's Carolina Conference on Addiction and Recovery. It is the 15th year of this event--we have gathered in Winston-Salem, NC (our 1st), Charlotte, Greenville, SC, Chapel Hill and Morganton. It has been a great run, with the very best speakers--researchers, treatment experts, creators of new modalities and experts in complementary therapies, poets, story tellers and musicians--all helping to educate, train and inspire us.

      This year will be no different. Our theme is "Epiphany, Metanoia & Praxis: Essential Elements for Healing & Recovery." Part of the theme is taken from a speech given by a hero of mine, Dr. Paul Farmer, who has done wondrous things with community health in impoverished areas of the world. We will talk about these three Greek words and their meaning for us in the world of addiction and recovery.

       We will again hear of the very latest advancements in research, particularly its relevance to clinical practice. We will learn of new approaches in preventing prescription med abuse. We will have presentations on issues that stymie clients' ability to be successful in their recovery, such as "shame" and "relationships." We will have a variety of workshops on relevant issues that will help you be better service providers. We will talk about the very important role of the faith community in prevention and treatment. We will learn ways to take better care of ourselves as caregivers. We will hear about new program initiatives that are making a real difference in North and South Carolina. And always, in every aspect of this conference, we will talk about recovery--what it means and how we help people to help themselves gain the joy of recovery!

       There is a special addition to this year's conference. Through a grant from SAMHSA to the Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina, 50 persons (counselors, therapists, health care workers, faith leaders and others) who agree to participate in a special program will receive a scholarship for the entire conference plus hotel accommodations. Please see the announcement on the web site about details of this program and how you can participate.

       Come to this conference and you will meet new people, see old friends and have time to network and talk together....learning from each other how to establish recovery oriented communities of care where we live and work.

       I hope to see you in beautiful Morganton, North Carolina, November 11-13!

Jim Van Hecke