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Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) – An Introduction

CRAFT - Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training - is a scientifically based intervention designed to help concerned family and friends encourage their substance using loved ones to enter treatment. This new intervention method was developed with the belief that since family members can, and do, make important contributions in other areas of addiction treatment, that they can also play a powerful role in helping to engage the substance user who is in denial to enter treatment. Join us to learn how CRAFT can help your family member, too.

Date & Time: February 17, 2016 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

Presenter: Bob Meyers, Ph.D., Professor, University of New Mexico

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    Drug Prevention Training for Parents

    Did you know that kids who learn about the risks of alcohol and other drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not? In this session, you’ll learn effective ways to communicate with your child about alcohol and other drugs and get up-to-date facts about current use trends.  You’ll also learn what to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or other drug use, how to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond.

    Date & Time: January 20, 2016 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Deirdre Flynn, Prevention Specialist, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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    Addiction and Family Relationships: Coping, Not Concealing

    Families are complex systems that, for better and for worse, are our training ground for how we will interact with the world as a whole.  Families have numerous sets of spoken and unspoken rules, boundaries, and expectations that impact how people experience life.  When addiction is part of a family’s dynamics, it impacts everyone in that system.  In this talk, we will discuss what addiction is, how families work, and how they are impacted by addiction.  The goal will be for participants to increase their understanding of the obstacles that are present in order to be better empowered to move through dysfunction into health.

    Date & Time: October 21, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Daniel R. Perzanoski, BS, CSAC, Director of Family and Intensive Outpatient Services, Hanley Center at Origins

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    Development of Chemical Dependency in Adolescents and Young Adults

    This seminar describes the problem of adolescent drug addiction and discusses how it progresses from use to abuse to dependence. Also covered are the effects of drugs on young brains, and available treatment options.

    Date & Time: September 16, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Tim Portinga, PsyD, LP, Mental Health Clinic Supervisor, Hazelden Plymouth, MN Campus

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    Wine for your Health: Truth and Myth

    There’s a great deal in the news about the benefits of drinking wine in moderation.  Join us for a discussion on the latest information as we focus on impacts of wine as it relates to cancer and cardiac health. We’ll weigh out the benefits and the risks of drinking wine and offer some concrete suggestions for making better overall health decisions.

    Date & Time: August 19, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Julia Dostal, Ph.D., Executive Director, LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Oneonta, NY; Robert Pezzolesi, MPH, Founding Director, New York Alcohol Policy Alliance (NYAPA)

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    Beyond Rehab and the 12 Steps

    This seminar will explain how drugs affect our brains, why some treatments are not effective, and offers alternatives to traditional treatments.

    Date & Time: July 15, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Timothy Trail, Coordinator & Substance Abuse Educator, University of North Texas Substance Abuse Resource Center

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    Hope and Healing for LGBTQ People and Families Seeking Recovery

    Learn from leading Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation experts about historical factors, recent research, and current innovations in the treatment of LGBTQ people struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental illness. Why is addiction more prevalent in LGBTQ community? Why do LGBTQ people have more repeat inpatient and detox episodes than other people? How can we all better support LGBTQ people in hope and healing, whether they are our friends, family members, colleagues, patients, or even ourselves?

    Date & Time: June 17, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Buster Ross, MA, CADCII, Director of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation LGBTQ Integrative Programming; James Barry, MS, LAADC, CADCII, Betty Ford Center Outpatient Services Counselor and LGBTQ Specialist

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    Support for Individuals Who Have a Loved One Challenged by Addiction

    Dealing with a loved one who is challenged by addiction can be nearly all-consuming for a spouse, parent, sibling or friend. It's not uncommon to feel at a total loss for how to be helpful. There are proven alternatives to "tough love" and other intervention style ultimatums for helping a loved one. A combination of SMART Recovery program tools (based on cognitive therapy) and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) can help individuals regain control and maintain communication with their loved one. Join us to learn more.

    Date & Time: May 20, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Roxanne Allen, Co-Founder, SMART Recovery for Family and Friends; Kathy Lang, MSW, Meeting Facilitator, SMART Family and Friends

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    The Importance of Family – In Prevention, Seeking Help, Treatment and Support for Recovery

    Parents often lack information when it comes to their kids and drug abuse. This seminar will teach parents how to talk to their kids about drug abuse, and what they can do if they find their child has been using drugs.

    Date & Time: April 15, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Heather Senior, LCSW, Parent Support Network Manager, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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    Family Therapy for Addictions

    This month's seminar focuses on the families of people with addictions. Typical family dynamics will be explored and the importance of involving the family in the addict's treatment will be discussed.

    Date & Time: March 18, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Bob Lynn, Ph.D., Origins Behavioral Health

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    Rational Treatment of Chronic Pain: What Are We Treating?

    In this seminar, we will focus on the relationship between chronic pain and addiction.  Attention will be focused on understanding chronic pain, the related symptoms and problems, and non-medication treatment strategies for managing chronic pain.

    Date & Time: February 18, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Peter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D., Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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    Neuroscience of Addictions Made Simple

    This webinar will take a practical approach in explaining the neurological underpinnings of addiction for newbies or professionals wanting a different perspective. This webinar will explore the neurological underpinnings of Substance Use Disorder (Addictions) from an easy-to-understand perspective.

    Furthermore, we will explore some of the short and long-term neurological and psychological changes associated with substance use.

    This exciting webinar covers the depth of science using a understandable approach. You won’t want to miss this one.

    Date & Time: January 21, 2015 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Tim Trail, Director, Substance Abuse Resource Center, University of North Texas

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    Understanding and Appropriately Treating Chemical Dependency in Older Adults

    The topic of this talk will be aging in the United States and trends related to substance abuse and addiction in an aging population. Substance abuse and addiction present very real problems of epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, this problem is far less likely to be noticed or treated in older adults. We will discuss why this is and what needs to be done.

    Date & Time: October 15, 2014 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Dale John Dyben, MA, MS, CAP, CMHP, Director of Older Adult Treatment Services, Hanley Center

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    Continuing Care Planning: THE Most Important Part of Treatment

    This presentation and discussion will be on continuing care planning, why it’s important and what it should contain. People often look at a stay in a treatment center as a cure for addiction. This presentation explores why the plan of what to do after treatment is the most important element of treatment.

    Date & Time: September 17, 2014 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Jack Feinberg, LMHC, CAP, Vice President, Clinical Director of Phoenix Texas House

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    Emerging Drug Trends

    Utilizing pictures and examples, this presentation will cover several major emerging drug and alcohol trends, including synthetic marijuana (including ‘K2’), synthetic stimulants, alcohol, tobacco and other “relaxation” trends as well as prescription drug trends.  Topics discussed will include what these trends look like, where they come from and the effects they can have on those who use them.

    Date & Time: August 20, 2014 1:00-2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Justin Mazzeo, Coordinator, Alliance on Underage Drinking (ALOUD), Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

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    The Science of Addiction, What Families Need to Know

    In this seminar, we’ll talk about what families need to know about addiction; from what addiction is, what the symptoms of problem drug and alcohol abuse are, and what to do if a loved one is having a problem with drug or alcohol abuse.

    Date & Time: July 16, 2014  1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Joel Cycenas, MDiv and Michael K. Humphrey, RN, BSN; Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

    U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2137 Passcode: 152134

    CRAFT: Community Reinforcement and Family Training

    This seminar describes CRAFT, a treatment approach to substance abuse that uses the power of the family and their influence on an addict to affect change. The family members are the focus of the treatment, and by helping them learn about enabling behaviors, new ways to communicate & solve problems, they are able to influence the substance abuser’s behavior in such a way that a non-substance using lifestyle is more rewarding than one focused on using alcohol or other drugs.

    Date & Time: June 18, 2014  1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. Associate Emeritus Professor of Pyschology, University of New Mexico & Director of Robert J. Meyers Ph.D. & Associates

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    Identifying and Treating Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

    Many people have both an addiction and a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder. This seminar will discuss the complexity of this issue, and treatment options and differences needed to address both problems.

    Date & Time: May 21 2014, 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

    Presenter: Carrie Terrell, BA, LCDC Phoenix House

    Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    How Addiction Affects the Family

    Families are dynamic systems that are influenced by changes that occur within them. This seminar will discuss the effects of addiction on the addict’s family, and how together, the family can understand, support and heal from addiction. Date & Time: April 16, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT Presenter: D.John Dyben MA, MS, CAP, CMHP Director of Spirtual Care and Wellness, Hanley Center Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134 How Addiction Affects the Family Handout Seminar Replay (MP3)

    Maintaining Sobriety: How Support Groups Can Help

    AA, NA and other support groups have helped millions recover from their addictions and maintain sobriety. This seminar will discuss the purpose and importance of these and other popular support groups, and how they can help you or someone you love.

    Date & Time: March 19, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT

    Presenter: Barbara H. Bradford, MSW, LICSW

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    Changing the Addicted Brain: New Techniques for Maintaining Sobriety

    Beyond the normal tools such as AA and NA, there are powerful techniques that can help change our brain and support long-term sobriety. This seminar describes the brain basics of addiction and focuses on alternative techniques to maintain sobriety.

    Date & Time: February 19, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT

    Presenter: Timothy S. Trail, Director, UNT Substance Abuse Resource Center

    Toll/Int'l: 719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    SMART Recovery: Self Management for Addiction Recovery

    Looking for an alternative to 12-step groups? SMART Recovery, established in 1994, offers free, science-based, self-empowering recovery groups, face-to-face and online, for any substance or activity. Find out whether SMART Recovery might be a good match for you or someone you love.

    Date & Time: January 15, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm EDT

    Presenter: Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

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    Preventing and Treating Substance Abuse-Based Trauma in Families

    49% of all children in the United States live in a household where a parent or other adult uses tobacco, drinks heavily or uses illicit drugs. The effects of substance abuse in the home have a negative and sometimes traumatic impact on the children in these families. Learn how substance abuse affects family members and what can be done to reduce substance abuse and improve family functioning.

    Date & Time: October 16th, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

    Presenter: Barbara Thompson, Executive Director, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence

    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    The Prescription Drug Trap: The Accidental Addict

    Nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers. In this seminar, we will explore the growing epidemic of addiction to pain medications and alternatives to managing chronic pain.

    Date & Time: September 18th, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

    Presenter: Dr. Barbara Krantz, Medical Director, Hanley Center

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    Pharming: The New Way to Party

    Pharming is the now common practice of intentionally abusing prescription drugs. It is a growing problem among young people, often with serious or fatal consequences. Learn more about pharming and what you can do to prevent it.

    Date & Time: August 21st, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

    Presenter: Carrie Terrill, LCDC

    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    Addiction, Behavior and the Brain

    There is often a neurological basis for addiction, and so treatment is not just a matter of will power alone. This seminar focuses on how addiction affects the brain, and discusses some alternate therapies and techniques that can help those in recovery.

    Date & Time: July 17th, 2013, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

    Presenter: Tim Trail, University of North Texas

    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2137 U.S./CAN Toll-Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    The Complexity and Diagnosis: Hidden Epidemic of Older Adults with Addiction Disorders

    Addiction is easily misunderstood and misdiagnosed in baby boomers and older adults because symptoms often mimic other disorders and problems related to older age. Additionally, age-related physiological, psychological and social changes make older adults more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol and illicit drugs.

    Date & Time: June 19, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Presenter: Juan Harris MBA, MS, CAP, SAP, CMHP, CGAC, CET, ICADC, CAI, Hanley Center 

    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2137 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

     

    Reducing the Stigma of Addiction: The Impact to the Family

    An introduction to the stigma surrounding alcohol, other addictions, and the effect on families and the greater community.

    Date & Time: May 15, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
    Presenter: Robert J. Lindsey, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.(NCADD)

    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2137 US/CAN Toll Free: 1.800.311.0799 Passcode: 152134

    Relapse and Recovery: A crash course on the basics of addiction

    Many struggle with drugs and alcohol. For those who experience addiction, getting healthy takes more than abstinence from mood altering substances. This presentation will highlight the basics of addiction and how those impacted can restore their quality of life.

    Date & Time: March 20, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Christopher O’Reilly, MA, LPC, CAADC, ACRPS, CSAT, Caron Treatment Centers
    Toll/Int'l: 1.719.325.2220 US/CAN Toll-Free: 1.866.564.7440 Passcode: 322666

    It's not "just weed" anymore!

    In this session, Steve Thomason will discuss how marijuana is not the drug it used to be. In particular, he will discuss the effects of marijuana on our bodies, minds and behaviors; and how today’s much more potent varieties have serious implications for our health. 


    Date & Time:
    February 20, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Steven Thomason, MSSW, LCDC, Phoenix House

    Toll/Int'l: 1-719-325-2220 US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-564-7440 Passcode: 322666

    Can Holistic Strategies Prevent and Treat Addiction?

    In this seminar, Dr. Naresh Chand will discuss the holistic strategies he used to overcome his own personal experience with food addiction and how what he learned can help others with addiction to alcohol and drugs. This self-healing approach includes strategies such as yoga, meditation, music and exercise as well as consumption of foods known to promote wellness and healing.

    Date & Time: January 16, 2013; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Naresh Chand, Ph.D. Toll/Int'l: 1-719-325-2220
    US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-564-7440 Passcode: 322666

    Getting the Help You Need as a Parent of a Teen Involved with Drugs or Alcohol

    In this seminar we will discuss the important things you need to know as a parent of a teen involved with drugs and alcohol. We'll also give you advice on how to get help.

    Date & Time: April 18, 2012 12:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Sarah Lewis-Fernandez, CASAC, LMSW, CAC, CT & Marissa Manlove CAE
    US/Canada Toll-free Number: 1.866.431.5314 International Toll Number: 1.719.457.2626 Passcode: 602873

     

     

    Understanding Relapse and Supporting Recovery

    How do you address relapse and support recovery for your child, family member, or loved one? This seminar will discuss these two topics.

    Date & Time: March 21, 2012 12:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Tessa A. Vinning, LCSW, CASAC-T, Director IMPACT, Phoenix House
    US/Canada Toll-free Number: 1.866.431.5314 International Toll Number: 1.719.457.2626 Passcode: 602873

    Treating Co-Occuring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders

    In this seminar we'll discuss diagnosing and treating co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

    Date & Time: February 15, 2012 12:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Sarah Lewis-Fernandez, CASAC Assistant Program Director, Dynamic Youth Community, Inc.
    US/Canada Toll-free Number: 1.866.431.5314 International Toll Number: 1.719.457.2626 Passcode: 602873

    The Role of Parents and Family Members in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems

    This seminar will discuss the critical role of parents and family members in the diagnosis and treatment of drug and alcohol problems

    Date & Time: January 18, 2012 12:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
    Presenter: Gayle Dakof, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
    US/Canada Toll-free Number: 1.866.431.5314 International Toll Number: 1.719.457.2626 Passcode: 602873