Newsroom | 28 September 2011

Cigna Launches Drug and Alcohol Awareness Series


Mark Slitt, 860-226-2092

  • Monthly telephone seminars for parents and caregivers through April 2012
  • One-hour programs at noon Eastern time feature expert presenters, live Q&A sessions
  • Listen to any or all programs, playback available
  • U.S. and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.431.5314, enter passcode 602873

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., September 28, 2011 - Cigna (NYSE:CI) has launched a free monthly drug and alcohol awareness series. These seminars will help people better understand the physical, mental and emotional signs of individuals who may be dealing with substance abuse, with an emphasis on child and teen substance abuse.

Registration isn't required and people can listen to the entire series or any individual seminar. Each seminar features an expert who will speak for about 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session. Playback of each seminar will be available for those unable to listen live.

Each seminar begins at noon Eastern time and can be accessed in the U.S. and Canada by calling toll-free 1.866.431.5314. Enter passcode 602873 when prompted.

Schedule for the next three sessions:

  • Oct. 19: "What to Do if You Think or Know Your Child Is Using Drugs or Alcohol." Guest presenter: Fred Muench, Ph.D., Director of Research, The Partnership at
  • Nov. 16: "Understanding the Developing Teen Brain." Guest presenter: Ken Winters, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, University of Minnesota.
  • Dec. 21: "Helping Your Kids Avoid Drugs and Alcohol." Guest presenter: Ameila Arria, Ph.D., Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development, University of Maryland.

Click for the complete schedule. Click for information about the series, including playback information and seminar handouts. Playback is now available for the Sept. 21 seminar, "Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse."

Cigna's drug and alcohol awareness series provides general information to the public. People who have specific questions and have Cigna behavioral health care benefits should contact their health advocate.

Cigna also provides free monthly telephone seminars for autism and eating disorders.

About Cigna

Cigna (NYSE: CI) is a global health service and financial company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Cigna Corporation's operating subsidiaries in the United States provide an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions and has approximately 66 million customer relationships throughout the world. All products and services are provided exclusively by such operating subsidiaries and not by Cigna Corporation. Such operating subsidiaries include Life Insurance Company of North America, Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, and Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. To learn more about Cigna, visit To sign up for email alerts or an RSS feed of company news, log on to Also, follow us on Twitter at @cigna, visit Cigna's YouTube channel at and listen to Cigna's podcast series with healthy tips and information at or by searching "Cigna" in iTunes.