Peter McVerry SJ, Denis Bradley (former 'go-between' between the British Government and the IRA) and US author Jim Harbaugh SJ are among the speakers at an international conference on the role of spirituality and faith in addiction recovery. The conference takes place in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will attend and speak on the Sunday.
The conference takes place against the background of newly released figures from the CSO showing that in 2012 Irish people spent €6.3 billion on alcohol, a 1.2 per cent increase on 2011. The aim of the conference is to explore the role faith and spirituality can play in tackling addiction, addressing those who suffer from addiction and those affected by the addiction of a friend or family member.
Guest speaker Jim Harbaugh SJ is a recovering alcoholic, AA an Al-Anon member. He has written and lectured on the role of 12 Step spirituality in the treatment of addiction. Peter McVerry will explain why he’s decided to abstain from alcohol as a stand against the havoc unleashed in Irish society by drug and alcohol abuse.