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Portage Atlantic hosts ‘Women and Addicton’ symposium

By Brad Perry Apr 10, 2024 | 12:00 PM

Women with addiction face a number of barriers when it comes to getting meaningful treatment.

Eliminating those barriers is the focus of a two-day symposium that is taking place in Moncton.

Hosted by Portage Atlantic, the event features several guest speakers and interactive Q&As.

“Women with addiction face unique challenges in the areas of stigma, trauma, co-occurring disorders, gender inequalities and motherhood,” said Peter Vamos, executive director of the Portage program.

“As such, we are proud to host this inter-sectoral gathering to make a positive difference in the journey of women with addiction, and particularly, their children.”

This year’s Women and Addiction symposium focuses on breaking the cycle of family addiction by prioritizing the well-being of children.

Dr. Sarah Gander, a pediatrician and the clinic lead at NB Social Pediatrics, said supporting women is also how we support children.

“It is through thoughtful goal setting, navigation and support we can meet women where they are in their journey and have a better chance to grow healthy babies and thrive as mothers,” said Gander, who is one of the presenters.

Also speaking at this year’s symposium is Dr. Russell King, who served as the province’s health minister in the 1990s.

The symposium began Wednesday morning and continues until Thursday afternoon.