Talk about it: Lunch and Learn event for church leaders aimed at breaking stigma of talking about addiction

Published 10:45 am Thursday, August 24, 2017

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews
Liz Cook, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and owner of Cook Counseling Therapy, speaks to pastors and church leaders on Tuesday.

About 35 pastors and church leaders attended a Lunch and Learn on Treatment, Counseling and Recovery Resources held at Calvary Baptist Church on Tuesday.

This was the first of the quarterly events hosted by the Hope Network and the Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy aimed at breaking the stigma and educating the leaders on how to help those battling addictions and their families.

Speakers were Liz Cook, of Cook Counseling Therapy, LLC.; and Mike Cox, the president of Isaiah House.

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Future events will be held at various churches in the area and will focus on topics such as suicide, dealing with loss related to drug abuse, and more. To learn more, email

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews
James M. Hunn, coordinator of the Circle of Hope at the Shepherds House, and board member of Hope Network, passes out packets to pastors and church leaders before one of the speakers at the Lunch and Learn event.