2006 Meaning Conference, July 21-23, Vancouver, BC  

The 2006 Meaning Conference, on prevention, treatment and recovery of addiction, was held in Vancouver BC. The fourth INPM Meaning Conference, it was widely attended, with participants from all over the globe attending.

The event featured many notable speakers including:
G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., Stanton Peele, Ph.D., Linda Mercadante, Ph.D., J. Scott Tonigan, Ph.D., Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., George Eman Vaillant, M.D., Jim Byrnes, Kenneth E. Hart, Ph.D., Gary Nixon, LL.B., M.A., Ph.D., C.Psych., Francis F. Seeburger, Ph.D., Mark Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC, Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D., Alexander Batthyany, Ph.D., Dmitry Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc., Alan Parry, Ph.D.

Here are some comments we received regarding the 2006 conference:

From Gordon Campbell, Premiere, Birtish Columbia

As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I am pleased to welcome everyone to Vancouver and the Addiction, Meaning and Spirituality conference. I am also pleased to extend a special welcome to everyone who has travelled from within and out of the province to be here. I understand that this year’s conference will host renowned researchers and clinicians from all over the world, providing a valuable opportunity for everyone to meet, gain new knowledge and discuss important issues on prevention, treatment and recovery of addiction.

I would like to recognize all those from the International Network on Personal Meaning, as well as the sponsors and volunteers, for their work in coordinating this event. The agenda offers everyone access to information on a variety of interesting topics and I am sure there will be a lot of constructive discussions.

On behalf of the people of British Columbia, welcome to Vancouver. I am sure the conference will be a great success and beneficial to all who attend.

From Tony Clement, Minister of Health, Canada

I am pleased to recognize the International Network on Personal Meaning as it convenes its 4th international conference, and I welcome all delegates to Canada and Vancouver.

This Conference reminds us that addiction – whether it involves alcohol, drugs and other substances, or tobacco – has major consequences and touches many lives on many levels. The impact of addiction is indeed far reaching. It goes beyond the individual, affecting families, communities, the public health and legal systems, and the economy.

This Conference also reminds us of the importance of dialogue and knowledge-sharing in meeting our shared goal – helping people overcome their struggles and live an addiction-free life.

Please accept my best wishes for a productive and
successful conference.

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