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Rome 2019

A special 3 day conference, split into two specific events

(By invite only) October 17th
The Rome Consensus 2.0: A humanitarian drug policy alliance

October 18th & 19th

iCAAD’s 3rd conference in Rome: Family Reunited.

(17th October - By invite only) Rome Consesus 2.0: A humanitarian drug policy alliance

Concerns about rising levels of addiction, and how to respond, are back at the top of policy agendas worldwide. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide with opioids accounting for 76% of deaths where drug use disorders were implicated, as released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The Rome Consensus for Humanitarian Drug Policy was created in 2005 and developed as a partnership between the Italian Red Cross (ItRC), the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) and the Villa Maraini Foundation (VMF).

The scale, of the opioid pandemic requires a re-examination of policies and strategies among policy makers in the Criminal Justice, Behavioral Health, Medical and Community sectors worldwide.

The US experience has sparked innovation in both treatment services and criminal justice responses to the opioid epidemic, spurring a move from diversion to deflection models. The Humanitarian Drug Policy Alliance and its partners in this event, believe that it is time to re-examine European best practices in the alternative justice and harm reduction areas with the aim to design (advance) effective person-centered treatment systems.

The Rome Consensus 2.0 is a re-launch and review of what we’ve done and learned so far, at a series of meetings to promote discussion and then action on the Consensus Statement.

Together we can respond rapidly and effectively towards the opioid epidemic on European shores.

This event brings together leaders, experts and public authorities from across Europe and the US to explore ways to effectively combine health, criminal justice and community responses to addiction. The goal is to avoid the suffering and death toll caused by the opioid epidemic, by inspiring and spreading a humanitarian drug policy approach worldwide.

On the 18th & 19th of October, iCAAD Presents: Family Reunited

iCAAD presents its 3rd Conference in Rome in collaboration with the Villa Maraini Foundation.

This event is for individuals, families and communities facing the complexity of addiction and associated mental health disorders.

Using the trajectory of a complete lifespan; infancy to end of life, presentations will inform on relational co-dependency and epigenetic trauma, psychosocial harm reduction, the aetiology of addiction disorders on the family system, with particular attention to global epidemics - opioids and impulse control disorders which include gambling, gaming and technology addictions. We will also be looking at preventions and solutions to reunite families and their younger generations.

The conference programme will deliver evidence-based treatment models, intervention guidelines and recovery resources, aimed at strengthening reintegration in a lasting way. This conference is for professionals of therapeutic, clinical and medical support services and an informative event for family carers, teachers and individuals interested in the latest services and treatment modalities for addiction.

The whole event will be covered by simultaneous translation.

FEATURED speakers


World Taken Hostage

Heather Hayes utilizes her thirty plus years of experience as a Clinician, and sixteen years as a Hostage Negotiator and Psychological Profiler, to liken addiction to terrorism. By reviewing tactical protocol used in infamous hostage situations of the past; Hayes lays the framework that rhetorically encourages viewing addiction as a terrorist, and emphasizes the hard-hitting philosophy of “zero acceptable losses.” By providing solution based strategies, we turn our efforts from an ineffective offense, to a strategic, grass roots defense. With these methods, we can RESIST, and begin taking back our communities, one family system and human being at a time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will describe early signs and symptoms of addiction.
  • Attendees will discuss techniques and tactics previously used by captors and hostage negotiators, and be able to identify similar effective and ineffective methods that can be used to understand and treat the disease of addiction.
  • Attendees will identify tenants of the acronym RESIST, and describe specific approaches they can utilize in their practices and offer to the communities they serve.

Presentation Questions:

  1. NYPD developed the crisis negotiation field in response to several incidents in which lives were lost. (True)
  2. Negotiators must understand the hostage taker’s motivation and personality. (True)
  3. 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs (True)
  4. Opioids killed 10,000 people in 2015. (False)
  5. Americans consume 80% of the world’s opiate supply. (True)
  6. The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act prohibited prescribing and dispensing narcotics. (True)
  7. Addiction only afflicts lower socioeconomic classes. (False)
  8. 50% of people in jail are there because of addiction or because of a history of addiction. (False)
  9. Patient brokers support people’s ability to get the best care. (False)
  10. RESIST stands for Be Respectful, Be Ethical, Speak, Be Informed, Support, Treatment. (True)

Generational Trauma: Healing the past, the present and the future.

Is historical trauma within a family passed down through the DNA and through witnessing behaviors, attachment, trauma reactivity, depression and anxiety? Do family of origin issues make us more susceptible to addiction and mental health issues? Does the healing of a family system impact the current generation and future generations?

This presentation will explore generational trauma, its impact on mental health, addiction and issues within the family. We will look at the latest research, case studies, and anecdotal evidence. The presentation will discuss the impact of traumatic events on the individual and the family system. We will explore the connection between trauma and addiction and the necessity for healing trauma to aid in the recovery from addiction‘s. We will emphasize the need for family work when working with trauma, addiction and mental health.

Resilience, and Healing: a Multi-generational Family & Community Approach

Globally, we are seeing an increase in risk-taking behaviour precipitated by the wave of personal and societal violence and disconnection from family and community. Wide-spread trauma results in increased post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, sexual risk-taking, behavioural compulsions or process addictions (technology, food, gambling, workaholism, etc.), and other chronic and/or life-threatening physical and mental illnesses.

Research shows that connectedness/attachment to family, culture of origin, and community correlate with reduced risk-taking behaviours and problems:

  • Facilitating access to family and community resources can be protective against addiction, mental illness and self-destructive behaviours, and
  • This intergenerational connectedness fosters resilience and reduces the short and long-term effects of these stressors on families and communities.

Landau and Saler will present research that has focused on understanding human process and developing and testing methods for individuals, families and communities to build positive attachment and to draw on their intergenerational strengths and resilience.

In this workshop you will be provided with resources, tools and practical methods for:

  • Assessing, mapping and intervening for all levels of individual, family and community involvement and collaboration;
  • Enhancing health through family and educational activities;
  • Bringing awareness to spirituality and cultural connection;
  • Knowledge of normal transitions through our individual and family life cycle stages;
  • Assessing available resources and vulnerabilities versus protective factors, and
  • Establishing clear goals that will support professionals in facilitating resilience rather than perpetuating pathology.

The overarching goal of this workshop is to establish collaboration across natural and ancillary support systems building effective and sustainable resilience and healing for individuals, families, and communities.

Traditional medicine and the changing face of addiction

Emergency Rooms across America are the front line when it comes to alcoholism and addiction. Dr. Gregory Boris, Chairman of Emergency Services at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut will share his observations on how hospitals like Griffin are managing the opioid epidemic and how integration with detox and residential treatment providers is integral to reducing deaths.

Dr. Boris will shed light on what successful collaboration among providers through the continuum of care looks like. He will touch on the importance of following patients from their entry into the emergency room through detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care.

Dr. Boris will further discuss the importance of early introduction of therapeutic interventions such as breath work, mindfulness, and other spiritual practices when it comes to successful recovery.

The Obstacles to Family Healing: Narcissism and Addiction

We are living in a world that stresses self-promotion, competition and entitlement. Narcissism is woven into the very fabric of our lives and rewards character disturbance and dysfunction in ways too numerous to count. When we consider the surrounding milieu and add addiction into the mix, we have a dire situation that does not bode well for family healing let alone individual recovery.

Addiction is a narcissistic disease and the majority of individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, up to 50 percent are substance abusers. (Wallach & Wallach 1993). The addict’s needs come first to the exclusion of anyone or anything and they are ever absorbed with getting their next fix. In fact narcissistic addicts have a susceptibility to other addictive behaviors despite the physical, emotional and financial consequences to the people around them. The family is revolved around the addict, propping the ego, hiding the addictive behavior from the world and consumed with not upsetting them lest they start using again. Tragically, just because someone is treated for addiction doesn’t mean these tendencies disappear. The characteristics of entitlement, grandiosity and rage endures. The violence, chaos and neglect are perpetuated and leaves children and families devastated. Their relationships are painful and the people around them suffer constant anxiety, terror and pain well beyond their loved one’s sobriety.

Too often the family is left out of the treatment process and research shows that this perpetuates the cycle of addiction for generations. Or, the family is included in the process for only a short time, the treatment is cursory and the focus of the treatment is how to keep their “loved one” sober. Although the family is relieved when the addict is getting help, the behavior of the narcissist is exacerbated without the use of chemicals and the aftermath of early recovery is difficult. Early recovery is a process whereby maintaining sobriety must be primary. However, the needs of the family are often ignored as exemplified by this statement:

Early recovery was a self-obsessed time for us. Our children had a "recovering Dad" and a "recovering Mom", but who was taking care of them? No one. I will be forever grateful for sobriety, but I have a profound regret that we abandoned our children in the service of our own recoveries. (Comment of a father in the Family Recovery Project at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California)

The unhealthy addicted family system must collapse as the family enters recovery, permitting attention to shift from the system to the individuals. Many families do not accomplish this collapse, or they do not survive it. Because there is so much disruption with abstinence, and so much turmoil caused by the collapse of the system, many families break up, seeing that things have gotten worse, not better. Families need ongoing outreach from schools, churches, and social service agencies in order to reestablish boundaries, practice self-care, and detach from being the narcissistic supply for the addict.

Event Partners

Global 2018/2019 Partners