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Alternative Approaches to Addiction - Cincinnati
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When: Friday, March 16, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: United States

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Addiction is one of the most prevalent and destructive mental health issues the United States has ever faced, with overdose deaths alone overtaking all other forms of accidental deaths in the nation. In the past five years alone, the U.S. has seen a 50% increase in drug-related deaths, for a total of approximately 150,000 annual deaths NOT including tobacco. This means a drug-related death happens approximately every 3 seconds. Still, the treatment engagement is extremely poor and outcomes are disappointingly lacking, leaving many hopeless in the face of disaster. This workshop will reconsider our current approaches to treating addiction and offer a completely new take on the problem, tying our current understanding to the treatment problem. Every clinician comes across clients whose drinking or drug use interferes with their therapeutic process. Nevertheless, most clients report not wanting to completely quit drinking and begin to withdraw when approached with abstinence options. This workshop will allow participants to overcome barriers to engagement while providing a toolkit to help clients improve even if they are not interested in complete abstinence or do not identify as "addicts". Learning Objectives: - Understand current gaps in addiction treatment - Identify key barriers to treatment engagement - Relate gaps to entry barriers - Identify the role of shame and stigma in poor outcomes - Utilize new approaches to engage clients in treatment - Understand the role of non-abstinence approaches in treatment - Educate and guide clients towards improvement in a non-shaming way - Identify pharmacological advances in addiction treatment - Understand emerging technology-informed tools

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Jewish Family Service

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Cooper Creek Event Center

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4040 Cooper Road

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Blue Ash

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