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Conference Presentation Slides

Addictions in Canada - Dr. Paul Garfinkel - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Panel Presentation - What Works - Dr. Lindy Lee - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Marijuana - Up in Smoke - Kathleen Keating-Toews - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Opiates - Addiction by Prescription - Dr. Lindy Lee and Talia Weisz

Alcohol - Dr. Marina Reinecke - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Co-Occurring Disorders - Dr. Josh Nepon - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Benzodiazepines - Dr. Jim Simm - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Gambling - Ron Linklater - JCFS Opening Doors 2014

Jewish 12-Stepping - Dr. Beth Fishman - JCFS Opening Doors 2014


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Pre-Conference Day Pre-Conference Day: Jewish Conversations
about Addictions (March 21, 2014)

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Keynote Speakers

David Sheff David Sheff – Journalist, Author of 'Beautiful Boy'

David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and his latest, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy.

Beautiful Boy is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller that recounts Sheff's harrowing struggle to help his son Nic overcome his methamphetamine addiction. Sheff embarked on a ten-year mission to determine why America is losing its war against drugs and so many of its children in the process. His search culminated with Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug use and treatment. Sheff rejects the stigmatization of drug use and calls for a new approach that treats use and addiction for what it is: a health crisis that is costing America $600 billion a year (in healthcare costs, crime, lost productivity, and more) and killing 350 people a day—more than any disease other than cancer and heart disease.

A renowned journalist, Sheff has written for The New York Times, Wired, Fortune, and Rolling Stone. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Salman Rushdie, and many others. Sheff's other books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying, based on his 1980 interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Nic SheffNic Sheff – Recovering Addict & Author of 'Tweak'

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would smoke pot regularly, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to methamphetamines and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

Now in his twenties, Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who has written two memoirs, Tweak and We All Fall Down, about his experience. He plunges into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, painting a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

Dr. Paul E. GarfinkelDr. Paul E. Garfinkel, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C) – Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Dr. Garfinkel obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto. In 1982, he was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Toronto General Hospital. In 1990, he became Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and President and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, in 1997 and held this position until December 2009.

Dr. Garfinkel is the author and editor of 9 books on eating disorders, as well as contributing numerous articles to the professional literature and lecturing widely. Other contributions include a leading role in the advocacy of support for psychiatric science, professional education, and public education, fighting the stigma to mental illness and addiction and mentorship of younger scientists in psychiatric research. In 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders. He received the Pacesetter Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada in 2004 and a Public Service Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2009. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.

Program Schedule

March 20, 2014
(Simkin Centre - 1 Falcon Ridge Place)
9:00-9:30 Coffee & Registration
9:30-9:35 Greetings from JCFS and JACS Winnipeg - Serenity Prayer
9:35-9:40 D'var Torah

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Wake-up Calls (ii) Prayer and (iii) Finding God
9:45-11:00 You're Jewish and Addicted, So What's the Difference
Ori Goldstein - Director of Development, JACS Toronto

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Personal Connection and (ii) Being Jewish
11:00-11:10 Break

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Suffering and (ii) Purpose
11:15-11:55 Live via Skype - T'shuvah: Judaism's Answer to Messing Up
Rabbi Mark Borovitz - COO and Rabbi, Beit T'shuvah, Los Angeles

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Personal Connection and (ii) Being Jewish
12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Jewish Addiction Story)

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Hope and (ii) One Teaching
1:00-2:15 Judaism and the 12-Steps
Dr. Beth Fishman - Jewish Center for Addiction, Chicago

Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on... (i) Decision Making and (ii) Anger
2:30-2:40 Break
2:45-3:45 Panel Discussion - Moderated by Dr. Beth Fishman
“Jewish Pathways to Living a Sober Life”
  • Prayer - Rabbi Ari Ellis, Herzlia Synagogue
  • Truth - Rabbi Larry Lander, Congregation Etz Chayim
  • Meditation & Spirituality - Rabbi Alan Green, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
  • Selfless Acts of Kindness - Dr. Ruth Ashrafi, Gray Academy of Jewish Education
Video Shorts: Rabbi Twerski on...  (i) Hope and (ii) One Teaching
3:50-4:25 Community Planning Discussion (roundtables)
Faye Rosenberg-Cohen - Planning Director, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
4:25-4:30 Closing

Thursday Evening, March 20
(Shaarey Zedek Synagogue)
6:30 Doors open – Resource Fair and Books for Purchase

7:30 Welcome and Introduction
Marcy Marcusa - Host of CBC's Information Radio

Keynote Presentation:
"Addiction in the Family - You're Not Alone"
David and Nic Sheff
Questions and Answers

Meet and Greet - Book signing
  • 6:30 - 10:00 Resource Fair
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm and 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Books available for purchase from McNally  Robinson Booksellers

Friday March 21
(Shaarey Zedek Synagogue )
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

10:00 - 11:00 Nic Sheff - Presentation to high school students
"Tweak: A Harrowing but Hopeful Portrait of Addiction"
Friday, March 21
Professional Development Day (RBC Convention Center)

8:15 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome

Introduction of Keynote Speakers - Madam Justice Freda Steele

Keynote Speakers:
Paul Garfinkel - "Addiction in Canada: State of the Union"
David Sheff - "Top 8 Myths About Addiction"


Panel Discussion: Moderator - Madam Justice Freda Steel
Panelists: Dr. Paul Garfinkel, David Sheff, Dr. Lindy Lee, Karen Toole, Ian Rabb

"Perspectives on Treatment: What Works and What Doesn't?"


Afternoon Sessions
12:30 - 12:45 Personal Story of Recovery - (Youth)
12:45 - 1:05 Cannabis and Other Street Drugs Presenter: Kathleen Keating-Toews, M.A. Manitoba Addictions Knowledge Exchange, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba  
1:05 - 1:25 Opiates (Helping Your Kid in Trouble) Presenter: Dr. Lindy Lee - M.I.N.E. Program, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Talia Weisz - Clinical Liason - Opiate Assessment Unit
1:25 - 1:35 Q & A
1:35 - 1:50  Personal Story of Recovery - (Adult)
1:50 - 2:10 Alcohol Presenter: Dr. Marina Reinecke - Director, Addictions Unit, Health Sciences Center
2:10 - 2:15 Q & A  
2:15 - 2:30 COFFEE BREAK  
2:30 - 2:50 Co-occurring Disorders Presenter: Dr. Josh Nepon - Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Health Science Center
2:50 - 3:05 Personal Story of Recovery - (Senior)
3:05 - 3:25 Benzodiazepines Presenter: Dr. Jim Simm - Consultant Psychiatrist, Addictions Unit, Health Science Center  
3:25 - 3:45 Gambling Presenter: Ron Linklater - Prevention Education Consultant, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba  
3:45 - 4:00 Q & A
4:00 Wrap Up and evaluation

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