Impacted by Addiction: Loss and Recovery

Thursday August 8th, 7pm

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

3485 Stanford Court, Boulder

We know the sad reality of the lives which are thwarted by addictions to illicit drugs and alcohol. We are continually reminded of the tens of thousands of people who die from overdoses or alcohol. In this program we will hear personal testimony about the harsh realities of addiction and how they have impacted our lives. We will also focus on dealing with the loss of a loved one and how treatment can aid in recovery.

Jennifer Braly is a mom, a wife, a real estate professional and a recovering addict with 16 years of sobriety. She feels that talking about addiction is important and hopes her words may help someone else. She knows that recovery works. Recovery can be inspired by faith, or by addicted people hitting “rock bottom” in a way that finally awakens them to their own responsibility: to choose life.

Dr. Karen Rice is board certified in psychiatry and is certified in community psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is Assistant Medical Director and Psychiatrist at Mental Health Partners Wellness Education Center. She is on the Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Legislative Committee and on the Boulder Police Department’s Community Engagement Panel. 

Dr. Marsha Wiggins is a counselor, retired clergywoman, and the author of Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Counseling: A Comprehensive Approach. She received a writing award from the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She is Professor Emerita of Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also a mother who lost her 26-year-old son to a heroin overdose about which she writes in her recent book “From Heroin to Hope: Making Sense of the Loss of a Child.”