Addiction Awareness Seminar
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 AM – 12 Noon
(doors open at 8:30 AM)

Addiction Awareness Seminar: The misunderstood disease of addiction
and how it affects individuals and families throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment, and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Asbury Church is holding an Addiction Awareness Seminar that will explore this misunderstood disease. This seminar will be held on Saturday, May 4,, 2019, at Asbury Church, from 9:00 AM until 12 Noon in the Sanctuary and adjoining areas. (The doors will open at 8:30 AM.)

Over the course of three hours, participants will have the opportunity to listen to, and interact with, three-addiction specialists and a panel of specialists. Our speakers include:

· Robert Bedford: “What is Addiction”

· William Stauffer: “Addiction Recovery”

The speakers will present their personal and/or professional awareness and understandings of the root cause of addiction, its effects, and pathways to recovery.

In addition to our three speakers, a “Mock Teen Bedroom” organized by the Center for Humanistic Change of Allentown will be available to participants of the seminar. This adults-only, hands-on opportunity provides a chance to learn how to identify drug paraphernalia; the ways drugs and drug use can be disguised; current local drug trends; the most-up-to-date information on those trends/drugs; ways to talk to children about drugs and alcohol; and how/where to find help.

There is no charge for the seminar, but pre-registration is requested. For more information, or to register, please contact Bill Arnold, Asbury’s Director of Congregation Care, at 610-398-2577 or .