The social constructs of addiction

  • Event start: 4 Jun 2015 7:00pm
  • Event end: 4 Jun 2015 9:00pm
  • Location: Jubliee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Changing Minds invites you to a free public panel discussion “Virtues or vices... the social constructs of addiction”.

4 June 2015, 7pm – 9pm
Jubilee Hall – 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
(Discussion will begin 7pm sharp); nibbles available prior and post discussion.


  • Professor Peter Adams - Associate Director of the Centre for Addiction Research & Deputy Head of the School of Population Health, University of Auckland.
  • Dr Susanna Galea - CADS Clinical Director / Consultant Psychiatrist / Honorary Senior Lecturer & Associate Director Centre for Addictions Research, University of Auckland.
  • Brody Runga - Consumer Advisor at Odyssey House
  • Annah Pickerring - Regional Coordinator of the NZ Prostitutes Collective
  • Alexander Stevens - Counsellor, Dual Diagnosis Clinician and Maori Researcher.

Some of the issues and concepts the panel discussion will focus on are:

  • how society contributes to the development of addictions
  • who and what defines an addiction
  • effective approaches to addressing addictions: community led vs. ‘top down’
  • legal implications of addiction
  • can there be a “positive addiction”.

Walk-ins are welcome but for catering purposes please RSVP to: or 09 623 1762.

For more info please visit our event page at or the Changing Minds website

Changing Minds is the Auckland Regional Consumer Network for mental health and addictions. They support self-determination, and strive to work innovatively to encourage positive social change, following the mission statement “Leading brave conversations to redefine mental health and addictions in Aotearoa”.

Last updated 21/05/2015