Join us on September 9-11 for the Addiction Research & Clinical Health (ARCH) Symposium - Making the Connection: Exploring the Intersectionality of Social Justice and Addiction Care. The ARCH Symposium is unique in that it brings together professionals and experts from several different fields—from physicians and public health experts to counselors and journalists—to take a broader look at addiction care and the many systems involved. Oftentimes, the topics of addiction and recovery focus solely on the individual and overlook the many systems that individuals interact with and how these systems can work with—but more often against—someone seeking care for their substance use.
For the first time in most of our lives, we shared a worldwide experience that profoundly challenged our everyday assumptions and disrupted our day-to-day reality. COVID-19 brought an unprecedented mix of new stressors, emotions, difficulties and possibilities, for the people in our programs, as well as for each one of us. We ALL had to figure out how to respond. For most of us at the conference our individual response included the decision to continue doing transformative work with other people--many of whom had challenges that become even more complex and exacerbated by the fear, disruption and extreme stress of the times. It’s was a lot.