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Spirituality and Addictions

Presented by J. Randle Adair, DO, PhD


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Program Summary
Consider the following terms that may, either consciously or unconsciously, come to mind upon encountering an alcoholic/addict on the street, under a bridge, sitting next to you on an airplane, or in a hospital bed: “despised,” “rejected,” “humiliated,” “forsaken,” “scorned,” “powerless,” “prodigal.” Are these not some of the same terms used in Scripture to describe Jesus Christ?

This webinar will explore the similarities between the suffering of addiction and the Passion of Christ and explore how, from our personal and professional experience, we can offer support to bridge between suffering and recovery, religion and spirituality. We will specifically explore the power of powerlessness.

Program Objectives
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the spiritual component in the disease model of addictions.
  2. Distinguish between the external defenses of the addict and the inner core of vulnerability.
  3. Examine the paradox of powerlessness becoming a strength in recovery.

About the Presenter
Dr. Adair received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Georgetown University in 1969, his PhD in Physiology from Emory University in 1974. Subsequently, he did postdoctoral fellowships in Biomedical Engineering, at John Hopkins University, and Pharmacology, at Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. His Chemical Dependency training occurred at the Chemical Dependency Training Institute at University of Miami in 1986. In 1987, he was asked to participate in developing the first school-based prevention, intervention and treatment program in the nation, called Project TRUST, which cared for over 300,000 students and their families enrolled in Miami-Dade Public Schools between 1987 and 1993.

While living in Miami, he also served as Clinical Director for the DUI Court System and was a professional supervisor for physicians in the Florida Professionals Recovery Network. He also performed that service for Alabama physicians. In 1993, Dr. Adair enrolled in medical school, receiving his medical degree in 1997, from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed Residency training in Internal Medicine at University of South Alabama in 2000. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

In 2013 and 2014, he directed the Healthcare Professionals Program at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Newberg, OR. Dr. Adair is now “semi-retired” and continues to New Mexico to practice Internal Medicine, as well as continue service as the Co-Chair of the Provider Wellness Committee of the Presbyterian Healthcare system.


September 13 2018 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
ADAIR NACC 2018 Webinar
ADAIR NACC 2018 Webinar - 3 slides per page

CEH certificate

CEH certificate (all 2018 webinars) (PDF)

Webinar recordings

September 13, 2018 recording