Nationally Acclaimed Advocate Ryan Hampton to Keynote Event Addressing Addiction Crisis & Recovery Hope
“From Shame to Praise” event will examine the community’s role in addiction recovery.
Atlanta, GA. (Jan. 29, 2024) – St. Luke’s Atlanta is inviting the community to confront the crisis of addiction and to celebrate the transformative power of recovery. On Feb. 17, renowned author, advocate, and speaker Ryan Hampton will be at St. Luke’s to lead a day of discussion and to look at how churches and communities can impact change.
“Everywhere I have traveled, all over the world, addiction is a shared human experience,” said St. Luke’s Rector the Rev. Winnie Varghese. “The vast majority of people have been touched by addiction in some way. We want St. Luke’s to be a safe space for honest and open discussion, because we know faith communities have an important role to play in supporting those struggling with addiction, caretakers, and loved ones.”
The event—“From Shame to Praise: How the Modern Church Can Be a Voice for Change”—will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Atlanta—435 Peachtree Street NE. At the heart of the event is the recognition that addiction impacts communities across the nation, and it is imperative for all sectors, including the church, to actively engage in solutions. The program will feature a diverse agenda designed to educate, inspire, and foster meaningful dialogue.
Hampton, who has received national recognition for his tireless efforts in combating addiction and promoting recovery, will deliver the keynote address. His personal journey from the depths of addiction to becoming a powerful voice for change has garnered widespread acclaim. His insights into policy, advocacy, and community engagement make him a sought-after thought leader in the field.
Colin Thomas, MS, NCC, APC, who is a therapist at Caron Treatment Centers, will join Hampton for the event. Thomas treats young adults, teens, and families navigating addiction and working toward recovery and will share communication tools with attendees.
Event participants will have the opportunity to view a screening of the award-winning documentary "Tipping the Pain Scale," which offers a poignant exploration of the human toll of addiction. Attendees will also participate in small group discussions facilitated by experts and engage in a panel session featuring esteemed leaders in the field.
Joining Hampton and Thomas on the panel are Missy Owen, co-founder of the Davis Direction Foundation and executive director of The Zone, and Chris Thrasher, chief executive officer of the Substance Use Disorders and Recovery Division at the Clinton Foundation. Their collective expertise and dedication to addressing addiction and promoting recovery will enrich the discussion and inspire action.
The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is requested - https://bit.ly/stladdictionevent.
Learn more about Ryan Hampton on his website.