Welcome to iCAAD - Dublin

Croke Park - Tuesday 29th January 2019

Trauma and Addiction – Aware, Inform, Resolve.

Intergenerational traumas, suppressed emotions, traumatic childhoods leading into addictive behaviours from our early teens into early adulthood, from middle age into mature years is a scenario that is often detected in the lives of many of us. In the words of Gabor Mate “to realise that addiction is not in itself the problem but rather an attempt to solve a problem. Our birth right as human beings is to be happy, and the addict just wants to be a human being."

Across the island of Ireland our historic and recent past has had more than its fair share of trauma at every level, macro and micro, impacting generations of Irish people. In addition hundreds of thousands of people, including many economic migrants, have settled into a New Ireland, a welcoming Ireland, an Ireland with an insatiable appetite for change, a young person’s Ireland that carries with it a deep rooted respect for those who went ahead in more challenging times. Recent changes in a raft of legislation, including the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, championed by Senator Frances Black and others, are testament to the sea of change we are now experiencing. A lot done but much more to do is our mantra, with the momentum on the side of change – iCAAD comes to Dublin at a good time to join in our celebration of Resilience and Change.

At a personal level and as someone in long-term recovery from chronic alcoholism, my happiness as a human being or ‘having a peace of mind’ free from worry, stress and anxiety is my daily benchmark and a testament that as the research shows ”it is absolutely possible to recover from trauma and addiction". In my case both the traumas and the addiction needed to be addressed with equal vigour and determination. A day at a time all is achievable.

Finding our birth right as human beings whether in the haunting lyrics of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s 2018 interpretation of “A Star is Born”

In the good times, I find myself longing for change

And in the bad times, I fear myself


In the 19th century poetry of William Butler Yeats’s “The Song of Wandering Aengus”

And walk among long dappled grass.

And pluck till time and times are done,

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.

the welcome to iCAAD Dublin on the 29th January 2019 is the same. iCAAD will provide the knowledge, insights and professional methodologies that deliver a range of solutions and new options in the presence of international and local experts.

It is my great pleasure, on behalf of local hosts Imago Interventions International to welcome you to iCAAD Dublin where we will share our knowledge, enthusiasm and legendary 100,000 Irish welcomes to all who attend this inaugural iCAAD- Dublin conference.

Céad míle fáilte

Paddy Creedon, Recovery Advocate

Imago International Interventions