Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, 6 p.m.
Eric Spofford and Piers Kaniuka share their own personal stories of addiction and recovery and delve deep into the many societal forces that have made overdosing the leading cause of death for people under 50 in America, as they present Real People Real Recovery: Overcoming Addiction in Modern America. They describe how they beat opiate addiction and went on to help thousands of addicts find recovery. Along the way, they discuss the root causes of the opiate epidemic, which include dislocation, the prison industrial complex, the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, stress, racism, globalization, and more.
About the Authors:
Eric Spofford founded Granite Recovery Centers with the opening of a single sober living home in 2008. Now with nine facilities and more than 250 beds, GRC is the largest substance abuse treatment provider in New England and is a model for the recovery community that puts responsible, effective, abstinence-based treatment first. Sober for 13 years, Eric is driven by his passion for helping others into and through addiction treatment and then into living productive, fulfilling sober lives. He’s been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, WMUR, The Huffington Post, and The Union Leader, among other media outlets, is featured in the documentary “The Heroin Effect,” which is about how the opioid epidemic has impacted New Hampshire. He is also co-host of the “Real People Real Recovery” podcast.
Piers Kaniuka is the Director of Spiritual Life for Granite Recovery Centers where he oversees all spiritual instruction and holistic therapies. He is the former chair of the department of Transpersonal Psychology at Burlington College and is part of the core faculty in the Contemplative Spiritual Direction certificate program at the Alcyon Center in Seal Cove, Maine. Piers is also the Cofounder of the Liberation Institute, a non-profit dedicated to training incarcerated men and women to become yoga instructors. He is also a certified yoga instructor. Piers holds Master's degrees in Theological Studies from Bangor Theological Seminary and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. He is an engaging speaker who draws on deep experience as a substance abuse professional.
The opioid epidemic is laying waste to America. Overdose deaths have decimated a generation and lowered overall life expectancy. Between the greed of Big Pharma, the war on drugs, and ineffectual treatment, addicts and their families face an uphill battle in getting the help they need. But there is a way out!
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