Press & Testimonials
"There is a common saying which is floating through the recovery community as of that, which is that the opposite of “addiction” is not “sobriety,” but rather “community.” And science is continuing to support the notion that connectivity amongst human beings is a stronger buffer against relapse from Substance Use Disorder than abstinence and counseling (and perhaps Medication Assisted Treatment) alone.
Continuing in this line of thought, the Delray Beach Drug Task Force and its visionary leader, Executive Director Suzanne Spencer, has continued to push this concept forward by holding the first ever “SUD [Substance Use Disorder] Talks” in Delray Beach, Florida, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the historic Crest Theater in downtown Delray Beach. Attended by the “Who’s Who” of the recovery community, coupled with progressive law enforcement, educators, civic leaders, business owners, and interested citizens, the SUD Talks was modeled after the ever-popular “TED Talks” but with a subject focused upon how each individual in society is responsible for being their own “Agent of Change.”
Fulfilling its name as being the “Village by the Sea,” the City of Delray Beach itself was a major sponsor of the event, alongside “Visionary Sponsor” Michael S. Weiner, Esq., of the Weiner & Thompson law firm; “Idea Sponsor” Advanced Recovery Systems; “Thinker and Doer Sponsor” the Fred & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Services; along with The Hanley Foundation and The Home Depot.
Moving, motivational, and inspiring, are just a few of the words repeated throughout the night, as the various speakers made presentations ranging from 8 to 45 minutes on topics such as The Hanley Foundation's Dr. D. John Dyben discussion on “There is No Such Thing as a Discount Human Being; ” Dr. Elaine R. Rotenberg’s conversation about "When Denial Becomes an Affliction;” to the main speaker for the evening, the nationally renowned conversationalist Dr. Carl Hammerschlag’s topic of "Healing In Community: Not Cutting Edge Nor Leading Edge, But 'Healing' Edge!" which led to a standing ovation.
Taking groundbreaking action in the recovery field is nothing new for the Delray Beach Task Force or for Mrs. Spencer. We hope this is simply the beginning of the next level of open community-based conversations to take place not only in Delray Beach, but countywide, statewide, and nationally."
By Jeffrey Lynne
Weiner, Lynne & Thompson, P.A.