Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large)will host a faith-based substance abuse summit and training Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The summit is meant to provide resources and support for the faith community who have congregants who are suffering with or recovering from the addiction. Information provided during the event will help faith leaders to detect issues of substance abuse and inform them of the resources that are available in Loudoun.
“I have seen first-hand people of faith and even those without finding themselves running to faith leaders, often as first responders, for different crises that occur both professionally and personally in their lives,” Randall stated.
All faith community leaders are welcome to attend and talk frankly.
Speakers will include members from nonprofit organizations, faith communities, private industry, healthcare providers, recovering addicts and family members. Confirmed speakers include Margaret Graham and Michelle Petruzzelloof the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services; Deborah Carlton, the chaplaincy manager of Inova Loudoun Hospital; Pastor Greg Delaney, the owner of Woodhaven Recovery; Joshua Cagney of New Paradigm Recovery LLC; and Craig James, co-founder and director of operations at Insight Into Action Therapy. Other speakers will be announced at the summit.