Community wide, FAMILY EDUCATION SEMINAR continuing on September 14th, 2019. Register Below!The next Family Education Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 14th at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. If you are concerned that someone you love has a substance use issue, would like continued education on the disease of addiction and how it affects the family, or just need support as you navigate through the recovery process, please join us for a day of lectures and activities presented by some of the top doctors, clinicians and experts in the Richmond area.
Let’s Reduce the StigmaTo those who study it, the truth is plain to see - addiction is not a moral failing but a devastating disease of the mind that can be treated and healed. Nevertheless, there is still so much isolation, shame, and stigma attached to substance abuse for addicted patients and their families that it is difficult for many to seek the help they so desperately need. One of the ways we fight against stigma is by educating families throughout our community on the reality and nature of the disease and giving them the means to counteract it. Families are often surprised to learn that things they did out of love and concern for a family member struggling with addiction were sometimes not helpful. The keys to turning things around are knowledge and informed compassion. Our goal in this effort is to equip families with the knowledge and resources they need to grow and heal and by doing so, help us reduce the deadly effects of stigma in our community. Addiction is “a family disease” and family members are profoundly affected when a loved one suffers. We hope that our program will help family members to recognize the many ways their lives have been impacted by the illness of their loved one. More importantly, we hope they’ll be introduced to the kind of understanding, practices, and treatments that are needed to begin their own journeys of recovery.
Guest SpeakersNathan Ocegueda, CSAC
Nathan will be presenting a lecture on the Parallel Process of Thoughts and Behaviors, exploring from the perspective of the family how to identify relapse warning signs. Family members will learn how to better recognize when their loved one is returning to old behaviors and will be given tools to navigate those difficult times. Nathan has years of experience with relapse prevention and has worked extensively in the inpatient setting helping those with substance use disorder identify the warning signs of relapse. He is currently a Relapse Prevention Specialist and the Program Coordinator for Diamond Healthcare at the Virginia Beach Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Dr. Rita Moore, LPC
Dr. Moore will be presenting a lecture on ‘Effective Communication: Reintegration’ in which she will discuss the ways to effectively communicate with your loved one or anyone who is reintegrating back into a home or into the community after treatment. She has worked in both Inpatient and Outpatient environments and she is trained to assist those with addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD and co-occurring diagnosis. Dr. Moore has experience working with volunteers and court-ordered patients; therefore, she is familiar with court reporting. Further, she has had training in multi-culture and diversity which helps her to engage with diverse populations.
VCAM PresentersDr. James Thompson
Dr. James Thompson, our CEO and co-founder, will be presenting a lecture on the Science of Addiction. Dr. Thompson is leading the industry with his compassionate, caring team by providing affordable, comprehensive outpatient care to those experiencing addiction and alcoholism in our community and beyond. He co-founded VCAM with a vision, to create an outpatient treatment center that combines the standard tools of addiction medicine-ambulatory detox, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)-with psychiatry, counseling, and recovery coaching, to make individualized treatment plans that encompass the specific recovery needs of his patients. That vision continues to develop with the addition of the Family Program which will be available not only to patients’ families, but to the community at large.
Bari Cohen, BSN, RN
Bari Cohen is widely loved and respected as the Medical Services Director here at VCAM. She holds a BA and a BSN in nursing in addition to having years of experience in the field as a person in long term recovery. Bari is the glue that holds the team together as she is always willing to step in no matter what. From service delivery to clinical health management, Bari is an extremely approachable and knowledgeable resource in our local community. She will be presenting a lecture titled ‘Hidden Gem of Community Support’ that will empower folks with the knowledge of resources they deserve to have within their community and beyond. She understands first-hand the importance of community support, and her hope with this lecture is to convey to families the ‘lifeline’ that awaits them if they’ll take that first step.