We know the sad reality of the lives which are thwarted by addictions to illicit drugs and alcohol. We are continually reminded of the tens of thousands of people who die from overdoses or alcohol. In this program we will hear personal testimony about the harsh realities of addiction and how they have impacted our lives. We will also focus on dealing with the loss of a loved one and how treatment can aid in recovery.
- From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.
- Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid.
- In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 6 times higher than in 1999.
- On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
- From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
“The opiod crisis is the deadliest epidemic in U.S. history to date.”— Dr. Marsha Wiggins, the author of “From Heroin to Hope”
Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
3485 Stanford Court, Boulder
Jennifer Braly is a mom, a wife, a real estate professional and a recovering addict with 16 years of sobriety. She feels that talking about addiction is important and hopes her words may help someone else. She knows that recovery works. Recovery can be inspired by faith, or by addicted people hitting “rock bottom” in a way that finally awakens them to their own responsibility: to choose life.
Dr. Karen Rice is board certified in psychiatry and is certified in community psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and her professional interests include community psychiatry with a focus on severe mental illness, substance use disorders, psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery, and mental health advocacy and policy. She is on the Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Legislative Committee and on the Boulder Police Department’s Community Engagement Panel.
Dr. Marsha Wiggins is a counselor, retired clergywoman, and the author of Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Counseling: A Comprehensive Approach. She received a writing award from the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She is the Executive Director of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is also a mother who lost her 26-year-old son to a heroin overdose about which she writes in her recent book “From Heroin to Hope: Making Sense of the Loss of a Child.”
This program is offered by the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI), an interfaith network of individuals and organizations who are committed to understanding the role that faith can play in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorder. INMI continues to offer programs free of charge on timely concerns throughout the year. For more information go to www.inmi.us.