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Holy Cross is pleased to welcome Anita Baglaneas Devlin to campus to speak on the opioid addiction crisis currently facing American society. Her talk will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room.
The daughter of the late Fr. Theodore Baglaneas (Holy Cross, 1951), she is co-author, along with her son, Michael Devlin, Jr, of “S.O.B.E.R.*.” This is a personal account of Michael’s long, hard, journey from drug addiction to sobriety which has received rave reviews by addiction professionals across the country.
Anita’s lecture will draw upon the content of the book and will provide you with her personal account of her family’s pain; the initial denial and embarrassment they faced, their overriding endurance and their eventual growth and healing. The story substantiates the overriding power of love, commitment and faith that allows us to successfully, and repeatedly, face and conquer the hardships none of us expect.
Anita now serves as a recovery advocate and is a member of the “Speakers for Change” bureau. She is on the advisory board of Magnolia New Beginnings, an organization that supports those seeking addiction recovery. She travels the country speaking about drug addiction, recovery, and her personal experience. She was awarded the Woman of the Year award in 2013 by the National Association of Professional Women.
Please join us for this very intimate exchange.