Heroin addiction has reached an epidemic level, and The Healing Place knows this firsthand. 95% of the clients who enter our doors are struggling with an addiction to this drug and seeking treatment and recovery. Kentucky has the third highest overdose rate in the nation.
The new addict is 18 to 25 years old and resides in the more suburban, affluent ZIP codes – the face of addiction isn’t what you would expect to see.
While heroin addiction ruins the life of the addict, it also adversely affects families, businesses and communities. Our crime rate is directly connected to heroin. Hospitals are seeing a larger number of patients, and the epidemic is increasing the cost of healthcare.
We feel that it is time to gather the experts in the community to discuss the issue and address solutions.
The Healing Place is partnering with Passport Health and WDRB to present Heroin: About Face on Wednesday, October 28 at the Louisville Marriott East. The event is designed to educate the community on issues related to the heroin crisis and find out more about what is being done to combat it. Although the media is covering the topic extensively, this conference will help drive the focus back to the basics of addiction.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The learning objectives for the event include: discuss the disease of addiction and how to recognize early signs for adults and adolescents, discuss the impact of heroin addiction in our communities, and identify community resources and programs targeting heroin and addiction concerns. The program is applicable for physicians, social workers, counselors, human resources personnel, and certified drug and alcohol counselors who work with families and clients struggling with addiction, as well as families who have been impacted by addiction are also encouraged to attend.
The event fee is $150 per person. However, a $25 early registration discount is available until September 30. Heroin: About Face has been approved for up to 5.75 of continuing education credits and 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. A complete list of accreditation wording can be found on the event page.
WHO WILL BE SPEAKING
The Healing Place has put together a great group of speakers that will be sharing their expertise and knowledge on the subject of addiction from a professional, personal, judicial, and health focus during the day.
· Disease of Addiction - Greg Jones, MD
· Adolescent Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence – Geoff Wilson, LCSW, CADC
· Special Guest Speaker – 2006 Miss USA Tara Conner
· The Family Impact – Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney
· Community Impact Panel
o Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy – Van Ingram
o Kentucky Department of Corrections – Kevin Pangburn
o Louisville Metro Police – Chief Steve Conrad
o Louisville Metro Corrections – Mark Bolton
o Kentucky Drug Court Executive Officer – Connie Payne
o Louisville Metro Department of Public Health – Wayne Crabtree
· Introduction to a 12 Step Meeting
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Online Registration is preferred however, registration forms may be downloaded from the website and payment mailed to: The Healing Place Symposium, 1020 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Personal or institutional check should be made out to: The Healing Place. Refunds will be made up to two weeks before the symposium if requested in writing. Phone cancellations will not be accepted. No refunds will be processed after October 15, 2015.
Posted on September 8, 2015
by Marla Highbaugh filed under