Anaheim Lighthouse Sponsors Simple Recovery’s Best Practices Training for Recovery Professionals

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Providing treatment options for those with chemical dependency is critical to recovery from the disease of addiction. To ensure this, Simple Recovery Foundation will present a continuing education workshop for professionals Sept. 17, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m., in Costa Mesa, California. They will be covering the topic SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment): From Research to Practice. The foundation is a non-profit organization of individuals who have personal and professional experience with addiction and who want to assure that treatment options are available for those in need.

Anaheim Lighthouse and other strategic partners will sponsor the event, which provides three Continuing Education Units through a three-step demonstration on how to use SBIRT. Presenter Tom Freese, Ph.D., director of training for UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, has worked in the field of addiction since 1983 and presents a wide variety of public and professional workshops internationally. The workshop will focus on screening procedures to identify risk, key motivational interviewing techniques and referral methods.

Those Who Seek Help Have a Right to Receive It

 The workshop and mission of the Simple Recovery Foundation line up with the Anaheim Lighthouse philosophy that knowing the disease of addiction, as well as options for treatment, are crucial to recovery – both for those recovering from addiction and for those supporting their recovery. The idea that treatment programs are effective is supported with research cited by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, showing that most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning. First, there is a need to uproot the negative images surrounding addiction by providing education about risk factors, providing direction on screening for the disease, and informing those in need about treatment opportunities. This will aid in removing barriers to seeking and receiving treatment, according the Simple Recovery Foundation.

The September workshop reflects the foundation’s main philosophy:

We believe all those who seek help for chemical dependency have a right to receive it; that stigma and prejudice are eliminated through relatable and relevant education and the transmission of accurate information; that resources and the awareness of these resources are mandatory to creating sustained recovery; that challenging one’s own perceptions are key to empathic understanding and replacing fear with fact.

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