Alcoholism and addiction is a public health issue, not a criminal issue.
Jacquie Johnston-Lynch is the Founder of The Brink, a non-alcoholic bar and support group as well as the Co-founder of Tom Harrison House, an addiction treatment center for the military; the first, and only, of its kind in the UK. Jacquie discusses why her treatment center does it a bit differently than the rest and how she’s found that healing comes most effectively through the connection and socialization with others.
Key Takeaways:[2:30] What does the tagline, Honor, Hope, and Healing mean to Jacquie? [4:40] The people of Liverpool love to drink, but this comes at a cost. [6:10] The Brink is a non-alcoholic bar where everybody knows your name! [7:40] The point of having a drink is to have a chat. The drink itself doesn’t have to be alcoholic. [8:55] The police do not help with rehabilitation. They only catch and punish. Drinking is a public health issue, not a criminal issue. [12:05] How does this non-alcoholic bar work? [20:55] Jacquie no longer runs The Brink. She gave it to the community for them to take care of! [23:45] Doing things in a community, in connection, is where effective change gets made. [27:20] How did the Tom Harrison House get started? [31:30] It’s sad that what Jacquie is doing is the first of its kind. [31:55] Why did Jacquie focus solely on the military? [38:40] How is the Tom Harrison House different from the civilian treatment centers? [45:20] In the years that the center has been open, only 3 women have joined. Jacquie would like to look more into why women aren’t seeking treatment. [50:05] How is the Tom Harrison House funded? [58:35] Clearmind International, based out of Vancouver, has been a huge support system for Jacquie. [1:00:40] What three words would Jacquie use to describe the Tom Harrison House?
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