Founding Executive Director, Michael Walsh, speaks at conference in Vancouver


Issues of Substance 2011 conference kicks off in Vancouver and Michael Walsh, Founding Executive Director of LifeRing Secular Recovery Society Canada is attending the three day conference and presenting a talk called: Diversifying Recovery Options: The Success of LifeRing in Victoria on Monday November 7, 2011. LifeRing has been very successful in Victoria and we want to take the same model to other cities and provide people options in self-help support groups they require and are looking for.

Check out part of the press release the CCSA issued below:

Substance abuse and addictions experts tackle problems that cost $40 billion annually in Canada Vancouver, November 7, 2011 – More than 400 experts have gathered to discuss latest research and best practices in the field of substance abuse and addictions at the fourth biennial Issues of Substance (IOS) conference taking place until November 9.

“Exploring the theme of ‘transforming health promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery’, this year’s IOS conference focuses on research and new best practices over the full continuum of care – recognizing the need to deliver best results for Canadians with limited funds,” says Michel Perron, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).

“Substance abuse matters. The harmful use of alcohol and other drugs in Canada carries an annual price tag of more than $40 billion. Given our current economic climate and the magnitude of the issue, every investment dollar has to count, especially investments directed at preventing and addressing substance abuse and reducing the related harms.”
IOS is Canada’s leading national conference on alcohol, drugs and other substances. Held every two years in November to complement National Drug and Addictions Awareness Week, it is hosted by the CCSA in partnership with the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions (CECA).

The IOS conference is the only venue in Canada where stakeholders from government, the not-for-profit and the private sector can meet and discuss the latest advances in research, health promotion and treatment. “IOS offers a rare opportunity for those working day-to-day in the substance abuse field in Canada not only to participate in discussions on a diverse range of issues, but to share and exchange the latest thinking in research and best practices with decision-makers and researchers,” says Michel Perron.

IOS 2011 offers a comprehensive program of presentations, workshops and discussions for researchers, policy- makers and experts in the service delivery and enforcement communities. Particular emphasis will be placed on maximizing the use of limited resources while striving to provide the highest quality service to Canadians.

Discussions at the conference will focus on a wide array of issues, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBT2SQ) access in mental health and addictions, the construction of stigma and drug use in the media, family interventions for children living with substance-abusing parents, as well as a number of sessions on substance abuse and treatment for women and for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

For more information, visit the Issues of Substance 2011 by clicking on the poster above.

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