On the 8th of April, WFAD invites all members to take part in a webinar around recovery cities.
While the initiation of recovery is mostly triggered by individual, psychological change and social triggers, sustaining recovery is more strongly predicted by opportunities provided by the community. It is therefore important to build local communities to support social cohesion. In this webinar Professor David Best will explain the theoretical background for recovery cities and the main principals. We will also listen to Alexander Zugic and Boro Goic about the practical implementation of the ideas around recovery in the Balkans. The discussions will be led by Mulka Nisic.
Time: 13.00 – 14.00 CEST, April 8, 2020
In order to participate in the Webinar register here.
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a code and information how to access the Webinar channel ‘Zoom’.
Last day to register is April 7. Please note that the number of seats are limited.

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About the speakers:
Mulka Nišić graduated from the Department of Social Work at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. She has undergone a series of training in psychology, addiction recovery and drug policies. For the past 5 years, Ms. Nišić has been actively involved in the area of recovery and drug policies.  She is also responsible for various national and regional projects and research aimed at investigating and improving the situation of people recovering and still struggling with addiction and experiencing multiple stigma, marginalization, and a combination of problems involving related disorders drug use, contact with the criminal justice system, and mental health issues.

David Best is Professor of Criminology at the Department of Law and Criminology at Derby University and Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University. David Best holds multiple degrees including a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Addictions. Having authored several books on addiction recovery, as well as written a vast number of publications, book chapters and technical reports, David Best’s current research revolves around recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measures, social identity theory, recovery and desistance, mentoring and addiction treatment. David Best is currently the Principal Investigator on a European project on recovery models and philosophies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Boro Goic: After successfully completing rehabilitation, Boro Goic has been actively involved in the recovery field since 2002. Boro Goic established the NGO Celebrate Recovery, with the aim to help individuals and families recover from drug addiction and is active in grass root activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2013 Boro Goic became Chair of Recovered Users Network, a unique European platform which represents the voices and rights of previous users. Furthermore, Boro Goic has been part of a global drug policy debate as a representative of recovered users and advocates for balanced and recovery oriented drug policies on national, European and UN level.

Aleksandar Zugic is the president and one of the founders of the Christian Association for the Support in the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse Exit. Since 2008, he has been actively involved in supporting the recovery process, from the first call, through to the post-treatment process, re-socialization and reintegration, addicts, recovering addicts and their families. Based on personal experience of addiction and adhering to biblical principles, he believes that every person struggling with addiction deserves a second chance at life. For this reason, it is ready to provide every addict with encouragement and support in the recovery process.

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