Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Engineer: Amy Browne
Issue: Community concerns and opportunities
Program Topic: Preventing, Treating and supporting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction… at the Acadia Family Center
Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
a) Overview of facts and persistent myths of drug and alcohol addiction
b) Trends, what we know about our local population (youth and adults, alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs)
c) What do we know about how to prevent abuse of alcohol and illegal and prescription drugs? How do you at Acadia Family Center approach this work, illustrated with stories?
d) Motivational Interviewing
e) What do we know about treating alcohol and drug abuse/addiction? How do you at Acadia Family Center approach this work? collaboration with others? Stories?
f) What do we know about recovery and how do you approach that work, support those in recovery? Cross-over with 12 step programs, other community and health services?
g) All disease, including addiction, is a family disease, in that everyone is affected and there is general acceptance that genetics can influence susceptibility to addiction (along with environmental factors)… what is the role of a family therapist and how does work play out… connections between the individual and the family… how can family members support the individual? (EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
h) Art therapy is employed in a number of prevention, treatment and recovery approaches… how do you introduce and use it in substance abuse? What happens when people relax into expressing themselves without words? Stories about how this work affects individuals.
i) Resources and Contact information on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, etc
Guests by name and affiliation:
A) Christine Drabek, Executive Director, Acadia Family Center (AFC)
B) Hilary Chermak, Art Therapist, AFC
C) Laurie Parker, Family Therapist, AFC
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