ATS The Bridge, a local organization which spreads awareness of and helps people dealing with drug addiction, is planning an event to help the public better understand addiction.
The Addicted Brain, a workshop led by Tim Hilton of Bradford Health Services, is scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m. at North Cleveland Baptist Church.
This event, which was originally supposed to take place in January, was rescheduled thanks to the threat of inclement weather. With the event now set with a new date and location, organizers hope people will make plans to attend.
"This presentation helps you understand the reality of those struggling with addiction," said Reba Terry, executive director of ATS The Bridge. "It will help families and caregivers better understand what those battling addiction go through, and also give hope to those who may be struggling themselves."
Hilton is the community engagement liaison at Bradford Health Services in Chattanooga and knows firsthand how addiction can affect people's lives. His experience includes 25 years of active addiction, 12 years of recovery and over a decade working in the drug and alcohol treatment field.
Terry first saw his presentation on The Addicted Brain with board members of ATS The Bridge, and they decided they needed to bring it to Cleveland. She said Hilton explains the science behind addiction in "a very accessible way."
"He explains why addiction might be different from person to person and why people often do not understand the complexities of addiction," said Terry. "I came away feeling a greater empathy for those who are struggling."
It is not uncommon for the families and friends of those dealing with addiction to grow frustrated. They may wonder why those who practice substance abuse don't just resolve to quit and do it.
Terry said this is a question that does not come with easy answers. While recovery is possible, it can be a very difficult process for some.
This event will focus on addiction and why it has become such a common problem. However, event organizers say it will also be a hopeful event, and attendees will receive information which could help them and their loved ones.
This event is free, and no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, visit www.ATSTheBridge.org