Team Leaders, this is for you.

Do you want to make some trips around the globe this year? How about fitting in some powerful events while you’re at it? There are endless resources to help assist us with handling substance abuse effectively, however there is nothing more powerful than attending live events. At events like these you can surround yourself by action-takers. Leaders like yourself come together committed to keeping their teams safe from the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. Of course, this is the only way we will combat the heartbreaking reality of how addiction effects our workplaces today. We are seeing more and more employee’s using substances to numb the human emotions. Such as shame, guilt and the one that wears many masks – loneliness. These human experiences are real, and they are not often spoken of openly at work. This is not topic of this post, however it may be time we begin to have these tough conversations with our teams. Getting to the route of why substance abuse is so common is a conversation for another day. Check out the links below for upcoming events that may be beneficial to you, your team leaders, your organization and most importantly, your community. These events are global – providing opportunity for massive insights and education.
And of course,  Happy New Year!

2019 NORTH AMERICAN CANNABIS SUMMIT – January 28-30, 2019

http://northamericancannabissummit.org/ The 2019 North American Cannabis Summit is an objective forum to address public health, science, and health equity in this time of expanding cannabis decriminalization, medical use, and legalization of recreational use. – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

2019 BOTTOM LINE CONFERENCE – March 11 & 12, 2019

https://cmha.bc.ca/bottom-line-conference/ There is a shift in how we acknowledge substance use and addictions. A renewed movement for equity is on the rise. This conference will look at big challenges in the workplace, how real-world organizations have addressed them, and what tools you need now for the big changes ahead. -VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

20th CANADIAN COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE – May 10 & 11, 2019

https://ubccpd.ca/course/CCMHC2019 Traditionally our health systems have separated mental illness and addiction and therefore two treatment streams have emerged. We now recognize that these two “streams” are intimately tied together. We need to address our clients and families in a holistic way seamlessly collaborating across disciplines, organizations and cultures. – RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

ADDICTIVE DISORDERS AND ALCOHOLISM – June 17 & 18, 2019

https://alcoholism-addiction.conferenceseries.com/ The conference will focus on the very latest in research, science, innovations, and practices in addictive disorders and alcoholism. The Addiction Summit 2019 is a unique gathering to bring together worldwide distinguished academics and industries professional in the field of addictive disorders and alcoholism researchers, scientists, academic scientists, industry researchers, scholars to exchange the knowledge & ideas of the research and technologies. If you are a Treatment manager, Counselor, Occupational Therapist, Recovery Manager or anything within the scope this conference could be highly informative. – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

22nd International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference – August 18 – 21, 2019

https://t2019.org/ For over 65 years delegates have met to find solutions to issues relating to alcohol, drugs and traffic safety around the world. From the first host city Stockholm, Sweden to more recent host cities including Oslo, Norway, Brisbane, Australia and Gramado, Brazil. ICADTS provides delegates with a great opportunity to network and explore ideas and solutions to current and emerging issues. Edmonton is honoured to have been chosen as the next host city. Recognized for leadership and innovative approach to traffic safety. Edmonton is also known for its outstanding hospitality, vibrant lifestyle and boundless energy when it comes to welcoming the world. – EDMONTON, ALBERTA

CCSA’s 2019 ISSUES OF SUBSTANCE CONFERENCE – November 25 – 27, 2019

http://www.ccsa.ca/Eng/newsevents/Issues-of-Substance-Conference/Pages/default.aspx The theme for CCSA’s IOS 2019 conference is Evidence and Perspectives​, Compassion and Action. Substance use and addiction are serious concerns in Canada. They have a negative impact on individuals’ relationships and responsibilities wit​hin communities, workplaces, volunteer organizations and educational institutions. In addition, substance use costs our society an estimated $38 billion per year.​ The current landscape in the field of substance use and addiction in Canada is growing more complex.  The need for research and action is greater than ever. The challenge of achieving better outcomes and improved wellbeing for all Canadians demands that we unite through sharing our diverse perspectives and collaborating to make a meaningful difference in shaping the future — a future that is defined by a healthier Canadian society where evidence and compassion transform approaches to addressing substance use and addiction. – OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Summary

Our world needs unity to help with one of our biggest challenges – Substance abuse. We believe its leaders like yourself that can be part of a brighter future for workplaces and communities around the world. Make bold decisions! SHARE WITH YOUR FELLOW LEADERS! Thanks for reading, The Chandler Team.