Istanbul symposium

Istanbul symposium

The event is organised from 29 September to 1 October by the Turkish Green Crescent Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, the European Monitoring centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the Turkish Ministry of Health, the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies, the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Turkish Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction TUBIM.

The Symposium was opened by Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey and Ms Danielle Jourdain-Menninger, President of the Pompidou Group.
The main objective of the Symposium is to provide the opportunity for international public health community to share knowledge and best practices, and to evaluate the future of international drug policies. It also aims to constitute new frameworks with scientific and evidence based public health approach.

The three days program involves presentations and sessions on topics such as: prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, civil society capacity building, harm reduction, supply and demand reduction, media campaigns, drugs and youth, monitoring and evaluation in drug policy.

Representative of Celebrate Recovery, and RUN (Recovered Users Network) had the opportunity to speak at the workshop on the topic Faith- Based Approaches and Practices to Drug Policies. Presentation on the topic of Christian approach to sustainable recovery from addiction has led most important segments that lead to desirable changes in behavior that may result with successful integration of recovered addicts into society.
Love, forgiveness, placing new priorities in life values and the biblical principles are just some of the key points which may affect on the recovery and termination of abuse of any kind of drugs, it’s emphasized in presentation.
This presentation showed that there is potential for understanding the role of the Christian approach to recovery from addiction, and that with possible further development of the research above specified approaches can be very useful for future studies on treatment options from drug abuse.