a free virtual learning series on Addiction & Recovery

THE JOURNEY SERIES

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     The 11 one-hour sessions, recorded live during National Recovery Month 2020, feature experts in the field, including examples of how partners in Walker County, Alabama  and across the state are responding to the evolving opioid epidemic. 

     Central to the work is the importance of partnership and collaboration, a lesson that translates to other local, state, regional and national audiences looking to make a change.

 

     The spectrum of topics featured represents the diverse network of partners who work together to respond to this issue. Session topics are listed below. Click on the link below to go directly to the session, or scroll down to browse:

Note: Session recordings are not eligible for continuing education contact hours. Continuing education hours were only available for live sessions that occurred September 3 through October 8.

 

The Journey Series would not have been possible without the collaboration & support of our partners.

Click below to learn more about who made Journey Series possible.

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KEYNOTE
ADDRESS

In the opening session for Journey Series,  Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shares some encouraging news in the state’s effort to curb opioid deaths. He provides updates on the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council and other state-level efforts. Then Rev. Robin Hinkle & Rachel Puckett discuss efforts happening at the county-level in Walker County, as well as what to expect over the course of Journey Series.

“I am convinced that if we were having this conference again 10 years from now, our panels at that point would be focused on the significant progress that’s been made to address addiction in this community, of reduced overdose deaths and of restored individuals and families. We would be sharing a success story for other communities to know what can happen when people are mobilized across multiple disciplines and come together to deal with this issue."

-AG Marshall

 
STATE OF ADDICTION: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC & THE CRISIS IN ALABAMA

The session addresses our country's opioid crisis, particularly how it's affecting our community and what we can do to mitigate it. The talk is delivered by Sherie Schaffer, MS, ADC, LPC-S, NCC of Bradford Health Services. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speaker and access their contact information. 

 
ADDICTION 101: BRAIN SCIENCE OF ADDICTION

Addiction 101 addresses several of the most common questions asked about addiction, with the aim of increasing understanding of disease. The talk is delivered by Mike Wilkerson, MD, FASAM of Bradford Health Services. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speaker.

 
 
HOW TO ASK FOR HELP & START THE INTERVENTION PROCESS

This panel provides insight for people who have questions or concerns about how to seek help: that can be people seeking help for themselves, for a family member, or for a member of their congregation. Panelists Paige Britton, CRSS and Stephanie Schilling, CRSS, LMSW, along with moderator Barbara Brown Medders share how their personal experiences shape the way they help others today. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information. 

Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS)

 

24/7 ADDICTION HELPLINE

844-307-1760

ross4u.org

Recovery Resource Center

24/7 CRISIS LINE

205-458-3377

recoveryresourcejeffco.com

THE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Panelist members discuss how their respective treatment and recovery organizations serve patient/clients through an evolving opioid epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic. The panel, moderated by Tommy Maddox of Desperation Church, represents residential, outpatient, and transitional housing, including both Alabama Department of Mental Health-certified providers and faith-based programs. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information.

“What gives me energy is seeing someone who was once nearly dead and today they are a great husband, father, mother, deacon, serving on their local political board, and they've reengaged in life mentally, spiritually and physically."

-Brandon Lackey, panelist

 
 
ROLE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN ADDICTION & TREATMENT

Addiction should be understood like any other chronic, relapsing disease by all, and especially by health professionals - nurses, social workers, case managers, peers, doctors, receptionists. Brent Boyett, DMD, DOD, DFASAM digs deeper into the brain science of addiction and whole-person treatment options that equip any audience member with the knowledge to better work with friends, family, patients and clients who struggle with addiction. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speaker and access their contact information.

QUICK TIP

This session pairs perfectly with The Provider Perspective: Whole-Person Care. You can hear from providers who are putting
Dr. Boyett's recommendations into practice.

 
THE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE: WHOLE-PERSON CARE

Whole-person care for mental and substance use disorder treatment is critical. Panel members operate within models that treat a patient or client's substance use disorder treatment along with co-occurring mental health diagnoses and primary care needs. They will speak to the importance and challenges of treatment within this context.  See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information.

 
ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ADDICTION & TREATMENT

The prevalence of mental and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system is significant. The Alabama Department of Mental Health is leading a multi-county initiative that connects people involved in the criminal justice system to treatment. Partners in the project, Walker County DA’s Office and Recovery Resource Center, are implementing solutions to better serve community needs as partners in ADMH’s project. The project creates another pathway to treatment through the criminal justice system. This new pathway joins diversion programs including pre-trial and Drug Court programs in Walker County to better address the needs of people struggling with addiction.  See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information.

 
INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE RISK FACTORS IN YOUTH

April Knight, Director of Prevention Services at Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center, outlines what students are learning and important tips parents need to know. Drug prevention programs for youth address protective and risk factors. NWAMHC implements evidence-based curricula for students in Walker County, including new initiatives recently funded by a CDC Opioid Overdose Prevention grant. NWAMHC serves those with mental disorders, intellectual disabilities, and persons suffering from chemical dependency in its 5 county area (Walker, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Winston). See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information.

Not One More Alabama

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room is a trailer designed to simulate a typical teenager’s bedroom. Parents will be invited into the trailer to “discover” some of the telltale signs of a child using and hiding drugs of all kinds. It demonstrates the need for parents to remain vigilant and aware of the everyday activities of their child.

GUARDIANS OF ADDICTED LOVED ONES

Treatment from addiction is not just for the individual but also for the family. Carie & Art discuss Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL), a guide for families as they better understand their role in the recovery process. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information. 

 
ADDICTION & SENIORS

Addiction among 65 and up is often underestimated and under-diagnosed, which can prevent them from getting the help they need. Additionally, the caregivers of older individuals may struggle with addiction presenting a complex path forward. See the Speaker Directory to learn more about the speakers and access their contact information. 

 
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2020 PARTNERS

Adapting the event from a one-day in-person event to a six-week virtual series was a relatively easy endeavor with the collaboration and support of many partners.

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