As the country prepares to observe National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery month in September, one expert observed that “drugs and alcohol abuse is America’s number one health problem, the number one crime problem, the number one homeless problem, the number one youth problem, including youth violence”.
The issue of drugs throughout the city and lack of effective wholistic drug reform has prompted Councilmember Jarvis Johnson to partner with many in hosting the first of its kind “Families Aiding In Total Healing -Solving Together Every Problem” (FAITH-STEP) two-day drug prevention/drug free recovery conference to be held September 17-18, 2009 at Texas Southern University.
Councilmember Johnson unveiled details of this solution-oriented conference at the Official Press Conference today on the steps of TSU Granville Sawyer Auditorium.
“We must recognize just about everyone's family is affected and afflicted by alcohol and drug abuse and the user is getting younger”, said Councilmember Johnson. “This conference will be a wholistic approach to help families the solution to the growing problem of substance abuse.”
The press conference also featured Texas Southern University President John Rudley, Conference Co-host Mrs. Cleo Glenn Johnson-McLaughlin, Rev. James McLaughlin, community activist Deric Muhammad, Mavis Jackson (LCDC,CART), Atty. Michael Harris, Janice Paul of the City of Houston Health & human Services Dept, Texas Southern University Provost James Douglass, and more.
Sponsors of the 2009 FAITH-STEP Recovery Conference also include Communities Of Tomorrow’s Economic Redevelopment/Gift OF Life Drug free, (COTER/GOLD), TSU Center on the Family (TSU/COTF), and the Black United Fund of Texas (BUFTX).
For registration information about the FAITH-STEP Conference log on to: http://jarvis-johnson.com