Two free public forums focusing on substance use addiction and recovery solutions will be held on November 13 and 14.

Both events will feature Dr. Al J. Mooney, internationally-recognized author of the best-seller, “The Recovery Book.”

Monday’s forum will begin at 4 pm in the Corbin Public Library with refreshments, informational displays on local treatment and recovery resources, as well as advice on how to navigate Internet recovery websites.

The KET documentary “Journey To Recovery,” which explores opioid addiction treatment and includes inspiring stories of recovery, will be shown at 4:30 pm, and be followed at 5:30 pm with a question-and-answer session led by Dr. Mooney.

Monday’s program is sponsored by Support Centers International in collaboration with the Union College Substance Abuse Program and Operation UNITE.

Tuesday’s community forum will be held from 6:30-9 pm on the second floor of the Frances Patridge Campus Center (student center). The UNITE Hope Wall, which features nearly 200 photos of individuals in recovery, will be on display.

Panel members scheduled for this forum include: Nancy Hale, President/CEO of Operation UNITE; Justin Kitts, Union College Dean of Students; the Rev. Leonard Lester, member of the Knox County Ministerial Association and Pastor of Barbourville First Advent Christian Church; Charles Lovell, CEO of Barbourville ARH; Dr. Mooney; Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith; and Barbourville Mayor David Thompson.

Jay Nolan, owner and manager of The Mountain Advocate, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tuesday’s forum is sponsored by Union College in collaboration with the Knox County UNITE Coalition.

Earlier in the day, the public is invited to attend the Knox County UNITE Coalition meeting beginning at Noon at the Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 119 Union Street, in Barbourville.

For more information about Monday’s program please contact Tom McClure at 202-246-1900 or For Tuesday’s programs contact Coalition Chair Claudia Gibson Greenwood at 606-546-9515 or