Pavillon to help faith professionals understand addiction, recovery

Published 10:56 am Friday, May 25, 2012

Day-long regional workshop set for June 1 in Charlotte
Clergy and other pastoral ministers have many opportunities to guide individuals and families toward recovery from substance use disorders, and Pavillon Treatment Center in Mill Spring will join The Dilworth Center and St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C. to host a regional clergy workshop for members of the faith community.
The interdenominational workshop is designed especially for clergy, pastoral counselors, lay ministers and professionals who want to enhance their ministries and deepen their pastoral relationships with individuals and families impacted by addiction.
The workshop, which is free to participants, is Friday, June 1 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte. Past workshops have drawn attendance from all over the Carolinas.
“Alcohol and drug problems interfere with the capacity of addicted individuals and their families to develop and sustain a meaningful spiritual life,” said Dr. John Roberts, medical director for Pavillon and a presenter at the workshop. “Our giving the clergy network across the Carolinas this level of reliable guidance and sound information is an ongoing commitment by Pavillon and our colleagues at Dilworth and St. Matthew’s Church…. It is a foundational component of our collective efforts to educate and prevent substance abuse wherever we can.”
The workshop includes the following presentations and training:
• The Science of Addiction: What Clergy Need to Know by Dr. John Roberts, medical director for Pavillon
• Substance Use Disorders: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery by Charles Odell, CEO for The Dilworth Center
• A Personal Story of Experience, Strength and Hope by the Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, Fifth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
To reserve a space for the workshop, call 704-372-6969 or email
– article submitted by Valerie A. Hoffman

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