From alcoholism to the rise in heroin overdoses to the misuse of prescription medications reaching epidemic proportions, substance abuse affects all aspects of society.
It only makes sense to address that problem with all the resources society has at hand.
To that end, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair-at-Large Phyllis J. Randall will host a Substance Abuse Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. The summit will take place at Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village Boulevard in Ashburn.
The goal of this summit is to provide resources and support for the faith community who have member families and residents suffering with or recovering from addiction. The focus will be on substance abuse and dependency as a whole, which includes the opioid crisis.
“I have seen first-hand people of faith and even those without finding themselves running to faith leaders, often as first responders, for different crises that occur both professionally and personally in their lives,” Randall said.
Randall also said she is hosting the forum “to equip our faith leaders to detect issues of substance abuse occurring in our community and the resources that are availability in Loudoun to address these issues.”
All faith community leaders are welcome to attend and talk frankly about this epidemic. Speakers will include members from nonprofit organizations, faith communities, private industry, health-care providers, recovering addicts and family members.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Margaret Graham and Michelle Petruzzello – Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services
- Deborah Carlton – chaplaincy manager, Inova Loudoun Hospital
- Pastor Greg Delaney – owner, Woodhaven Recovery
- Joshua Cagney – New Paradigm Recovery
- Craig James – co-founder and director of operations at Insight Into Action Therapy
A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Anyone planning to attend can RSVP to Bo Machayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.