Pathways to Recovery; Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence – November 19, 2019

Opioid and alcohol abuse impact every community, with people losing years of their lives to powerful addictions; or losing loved ones to dark places and even to death.  Finding effective help and healing for those we love also matters to every community.

CRIHI recognizes that access to a safe and stable place to live is a key pillar of that help. But what kind of helps and supports do we need to provide on top of that, and what is truly helpful from the perspective of the person most trying to heal?

Come join the conversation as we consider these big questions together. Our journey to a shared understanding will be led by people with lived experiences, and those working to help them from using both harm reduction and abstinence approaches.

Pathways to Recovery; Understanding Harm Reduction and Abstinence


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6-9 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue (131 Wolf Willow Rd. Edmonton)   To register, please visit our eventbrite at the following link:  Pathways to Recovery


Our keynote address will be provided by Karen Bruno.
Karen is a Cree women from Treaty 6 Territory. As a lived experience and professional experience person, she is known for her advocacy and networking skills. She has had over 27 years to help influence, communicate on community and social issues. Also known for her creative thinking and problem solving ability.
Karen currently works as a site manager in transitional housing that focuses on a Harm reduction and Trauma informed practice with a hard to house population.


In this public conversation we seek to build a shared understanding of:

  1. The workings of MAPs and MOPS (Managed Alcohol and Managed Opioid programs)
  2. What’s working to support people on their roads to recovery.
  3. The pillar of Housing First and the need for Permanent supportive housing.
  4. The need for wrap around community supports and care.

Program

  • 5:45 Doors open and guest sign-in
  • 6:15 Buffet dinner served (Kosher and with Gluten free and vegetarian options provided)
  • 6:40 Opening reflection and prayer
  • 6:45 Keynote address by Karen Bruno
  • 7:05 Table conversations hearing from people with lived experience of homelessness and addictions and reflecting on their respective journeys to recovery.
  • 7:40 Panel conversation hearing the voices of those working to support a person’s recovery using both abstinence and recovery approaches.
  • 8:05 Questions for the panel
  • 8:15 Table conversations to process learnings and key insights.
  • 8:40 Sharing of table learnings with the larger group.
  • 8:50 Closing reflection and adjournment

Dinner and childcare are provided free of charge for all participants.

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