The Academy for Addiction Professionals invites you to a Narcan Education and Information Session
When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 10am until 12pm
Where: Palm Beach County SubstanceAwareness Coalition located at 2300 High Ridge Rd. Boynton Beach, FL 33426.
The session will be led by Micah Robbins, the Director of Special Projects for the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, Chad Sabora, Founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, and Justin Kunzelman with Rebel Recovery in Florida. This session will be followed by a Narcan Training, which will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
What is it and who is leading the training?
Narcan (Naloxone) is an injectable that is used to treat narcotic overdose in emergency situations. The training will be lead by Dr. Jay Kuchera, a graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine. He served his internship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Kuchera will be training on when Narcan (Naloxone) should be administered, the proper use of Narcan and why it is important for family members, government officials, and treatment professionals to be educated on Narcan, as well as why they should have Narcan available in an emergency situation. This session and training is open to anyone. Attendees typically include law enforcement and government officials, mothers, fathers and all family members of those affected by addiction, professionals in the field including counselors, therapists, sober living owners, treatment center managers or owners, nurses, and social workers.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered by The Academy for Addiction Professionals. More details to follow. Admission to this information session is complimentary, but space is limited. Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. You must register by emailing the Program Director Shira Ackerman firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of all attendees.
E-Therapy represents the latest in access to care for the scores of Americans that suffer from mental illness, but do not have appropriate or accessible care nearby. The concept, in its most basic form, is to conduct a professional course of therapy remotely – without face to face contact. This can include screening, assessment and creating a treatment plan along with the structured treatment itself. Proponents of e-therapy righty state that it can reduce costs and increase access for millions of Americans. Critics, also with legitimate opinions, have concerns that there is a lot we still do not know about e-therapy and how effective or appropriate it may be for patients.
As addiction counselors, we seek to make a difference – a lasting impression on those with whom we work and on those whom we treat today and have helped in the past. There is no greater satisfaction than to feel like we have made a difference. As many counselors pass through the prime and into the twilight of their careers, they may stop for a moment and wonder if they have done enough. Was all their effort worth it? What would they leave behind if today were their last day as a counselor?
Mentoring can make the answer very clear.
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In a recent industry news blog post, we described how younger folks often curtail their heavy drinking tendencies when they get married. The working theory behind this is Role Incompatibility. But what is role incompatibility and how does it affect the treatment process?
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A collaborative study between the University of Missouri and Arizona State University showed strong evidence that young adults significantly curbed their heavy drinking after getting married. This was especially apparent in those who had a severe drinking problem before they got married.
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Addiction often leaves what can only be described as a void, upon a successful course of treatment. Once an addicted individual has left the treatment program and no longer uses their drug of choice, they often look for a replacement to fill this void. With proper support and follow-up care, the replacement can develop into a healthy passion or hobby and can ultimately be a very positive development. However, not all cases of addiction replacement (even when the replacement is healthy), work out well.