Karysa Kent

New Concord Addiction Symposium

by Karysa Kent on February 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – For all those who are worried and effected by addictions, New Concord Area Addiction Coalition is holding an informative program.

N.C.A.A.C. is a collaboration between Village of New Concord, New Concord Ministerial Association, Muskingum University Faculty and Staff, New Concord Board of Trade, and the Muskingum Valley Foundation.

The New Concord Addiction Symposium will take place March 18th, 2017, in Boyd Science Center located at Muskingum University. The Symposium will run from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley said the event will start with Keynote speakers Dr. Shelley Szalay, Dr. Ana Kehrberg, and Reverend Dr. Brad Price followed by workshops.

“The main goal of the addiction symposium is to get education out to folks who maybe think that this is not a problem in our community, this isn’t a problem in our area, we don’t have addiction issues here,” Colley said. “Well, we actually do have addiction issues here.”

The Senate of the Covenant and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. hosted a national church-wide symposium, but Pastor Tim Pollock said the science of addiction was missing out of that symposium.

“We felt boy that’s something we really need to know and that’s when we started first making partnerships with the University,” Pollock said. “Then as we start learning more about that and begin seeing other things and I think what I appreciated about the coalition is that we’re willing, to be honest about what we don’t know. Before we start making decisions of what we should do.”

N.C.A.A.C. works to help those with addictions of many variations, whether it be drugs, alcohol and more. So the coalition wants this symposium to help others understand and not judge those suffering from addictions.

“Ideally I’d love to see the stigma of addiction removed,” Pollock said. “That we’re not talking about ‘these are the bad people, who are ruining our community.’ That’s the first thing we want to get rid of. First thing is we’re all connected to this, we’re all valuable, we’re all worthy of the community. There is just some of us who are hurting and [N.C.A.A.C.] is willing to help.”

The New Concord Addiction Symposium is free to all students including college students and $10.00 for the general public. To register either mail in the attachment in the brochure to New Concord Village Hall. or complete an online registration form at tinyurl.com/addiction2017.