For reservations to the National Council on Alcoholism and Dru

For reservations to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency of Northeast Mississippi, Inc.’s annual banquet call (601) 841-0403.

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

The director of the Second Chance Ministry in Memphis, Dr. Scotty Cassidy, will be the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency of Northeast Mississippi’s Banquet.

The banquet will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Executive Inn in Tupelo. The price of the event is $20. Entertainment for the event will be the African-American Youth Organization at Tupelo High School.

Cassidy, who is a recovering alcoholic since 1970, is an ordained minister. In 1975 Cassidy began working in drug treatment as a full-time professional. Before moving to Memphis, he was the director of development for a drug and alcohol abuse program in St. Petersburg, Fla. He moved to Memphis in 1987 and began Second Chance, which is a “Christ Centered” alcohol and drug abuse center for young people and their families.

The council, which has an office at 211 N. Madison, just south of the Lee County Library, was established to provide information and a referral systems to the addicted. The council has been helping the addicted for 12 years by providing free brochures and information to the public. The office is open to anyone, not just those with addictions.

The office also has a bookstore and catalog for selecting materials not in stock. Staff members are available to provide information regarding 12-step programs, treatment facilities and literature. Prevention materials, such as booklets, comic books, posters and fact sheets, are available for schools, clubs and organizations, churches and businesses. The council also provides a speakers bureau.

A nine-member board and an 11-member advisory board help the council.

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