Pursuing freedom & healing from addiction. At all costs.

Fighting Addiction Face To Face.

We Are Addiction Prevention Coalition.

There is one thing we all share in common; Struggle. It is indeed the most common trait between people of all ages, genders, races, and backgrounds. Though our circumstances may differ, we are all beheld to the gravity of life’s challenges. Often times, we become ashamed of our struggle or we feel overwhelmed by what seems to be insurmountable obstacles. We seek answers and solutions. and at times, we simply seek to escape. Consequently, some turn away from connection with others and community--into the darkness of isolation, and despair.

Awareness

Awareness communicates information about substance use disorder, helps break the stigma of getting help early, and offers hope that recovery is possible. Awareness is the first step to invoking change.

Our vision is to prevent substance abuse and relapse by inspiring and educating people to live with hope, resilience and purpose.

We will continue to lead the way as a convener of organizations united to prevent addiction and relapse.

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Upcoming Events

Date:THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 2021
Location:Virtual

Bronwyn McInturff, a social worker with more than 20 years of experience in the addiction and recovery field, will be discussing the basic components and concepts of addiction and substance use disorders. She will also be discussing how substance use disorders relate to the disease model. She will discuss the link between substance use, the disease model and stigma. She will also provide participants with information and strategies on how to improve interaction with their clients by using the disease model when it comes to their care. Participants will gain a better understanding of the disease model, and why it should be used as the primary model when providing patient care.

Bronwyn McInturff will be joined by UAB Medicine's Dr. Leah Leisch. Dr. Leisch is the Director of Substance Use Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she is Director of Opioid Safety at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Dr. Leisch holds a certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the basic components of substance use and the disease model.
  • Identify and discuss the link between substance use, stigma and the disease model.
  • Discuss strategies to improve interaction between healthcare professionals and patients while incorporating the disease model in care.
  • Understand how the incorporation of other models provides misinformation and further enforces stereotypes and stigma.
CE Credit Information:
  • Contact Hours approved by Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1557
  • Contact Hours approved by the NBCC. Approval Number: SP-3702
  • Contact Hours approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work. Provider Number: 0687
Policies: Program Fee Policy The fee of the event and any additional fees will be clearly communicated to potential participants when registering for the event. There will be no additional charge for a certificate of completion/participation or verification of participation. Cancellation Policy Registrants may submit a request for a refund to the event organizer and CE authorized individual, Ashley Loftis (ashley@apcbham.org). A request for a refund/cancellation request, which arrives at least 2 days prior to the workshop or event will be honored. Cancellation request that are submitted less than 2 days before the planned event will be reviewed by the event organizer and approved on a case-by-case basis. In the event that the training is canceled, refunds will be issued to registrants through the original registration source. Grievance Policy Participants that are not satisfied with the event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition may submit a complaint to Ashley Loftis, the CE authorized individual, via email (ashley@apcbham.org). If this complaint cannot be immediately resolved, then, this complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director for resolution. Verification of Attendance Verification of participation will be verified through registration and engagement with the event. Participants will be asked to change their name on Zoom to the name that they used to register for the event and the name that will be printed on their certificate of completion/participation. The CE authorized representative will monitor that the participant remains logged into Zoom for the duration of the program. Requesting CE Credits and Evaluations In order to receive CE hours, participants must have remained logged into the entire program presentation. The participant will need to complete the request for CE hours. The request for CE hours will be provided at the end of the program along with the evaluation. They will also need to complete the program evaluation. A certificate will be issued to the participant within seven days of the completion of the request for CE hours and completion of the program evaluation.

Date: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,2021
Location:Virtual

Ginny Mills, MAEd, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CCS has over 25 years of experience counseling individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. Ginny Mills has developed an extensive number of resources to educate and empower parents of children with a substance use disorder. Ginny is the Lead Parent Consultant for Parenting Through Addiction: The Other PTA(www.parentingthroughaddiction.com), which is a resource for parents affected by their child's substance use disorder. Ginny is also the founder and CEO of Full Life Counseling, which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to providing executive leadership at Full Life Counseling, Ginny also provides direct clinical services to individuals and families.

Program Summary:

Ginny Mills will provide participants with education on substance use disorders and the stages of change. She will discuss the barriers someone encounters when they attempt to stop using substances and why someone may be hesitant to stop using substances. She will provide participants with information and strategies on how to work with people through the different stages of change.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the basic components of substance use disorder.
  • Identify and discuss the stages of change in relation to substance use including barriers to stopping substance use.
  • Discuss strategies of how to work with clients throughout the different stages of change.
  • Demonstrate how to implement strategies with clients with substance use disorders throughout the various stages of change.
CE Credit Information:
  • Contact Hours approved by Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1557
  • Contact Hours approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work. Provider Number: 0687
  • Contact Hours currently pending Single Program approval by the NBCC*
  • *NBCC Approval number will be added upon approval.
Policies:

Program Fee Policy The fee of the event and any additional fees will be clearly communicated to potential participants when registering for the event. There will be no additional charge for a certificate of completion/participation or verification of participation.

Cancellation Policy Registrants may submit a request for a refund to the event organizer and CE authorized individual, Ashley Loftis (ashley@apcbham.org). A request for a refund/cancellation request, which arrives at least 2 days prior to the workshop or event will be honored. Cancellation request that are submitted less than 2 days before the planned event will be reviewed by the event organizer and approved on a case-by-case basis. In the event that the training is canceled, refunds will be issued to registrants through the original registration source.

Grievance Policy Participants that are not satisfied with the event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition may submit a complaint to Ashley Loftis, the CE authorized individual, via email (ashley@apcbham.org). If this complaint cannot be immediately resolved, then, this complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director for resolution.

Verification of Attendance Verification of participation will be verified through registration and engagement with the event. Participants will be asked to change their name on Zoom to the name that they used to register for the event and the name that will be printed on their certificate of completion/participation. The CE authorized representative will monitor that the participant remains logged into Zoom for the duration of the program.

Requesting CE Credits and Evaluations In order to receive CE hours, participants must have remained logged into the entire program presentation. The participant will need to complete the request for CE hours. The request for CE hours will be provided at the end of the program along with the evaluation. They will also need to complete the program evaluation. A certificate will be issued to the participant within seven days of the completion of the request for CE hours and completion of the program evaluation.

Date:THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
Location:Virtual

Jack Sykstus, LMFT is currently the Associate Director of Clinical User Experience with the Partnership to End Addiction in Washington, D.C. Jack is also the founder of of Jack Sykstus Therapies, LLC, which serves individuals in the Washington, D.C. area. Jack also works with families and individuals through Del Ray Psych and Wellness. In addition to his clinical roles, he is also the producer of Heart of the Matter, which is a podcast with host, Elizabeth Vargas, who interviews people with different experiences related to substance use and addiction. Jack is a two time graduate of The University of Alabama. He holds two Master of Science degrees in Human Environmental Sciences from UA, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University.

Program Summary:

Jack Sykstus, LMFT will provide education on the benefits of harm reduction when it comes to substance use. He will provide education on the stigma associated with certain harm reduction strategies. He will provide education on various harm reduction strategies, and how to implement these strategies on both the individual and community level. He will also discuss strategies on how to orient clients to harm reduction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the basic components of substance use and harm reduction.
  • Identify and discuss the stigma that surrounds harm reduction strategies.
  • Discuss strategies to implement harm reduction strategies.
  • Demonstrate how to discuss harm reduction with clients and implement strategies.
CE Credit Information:
  • Contact Hours approved by Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1557
  • Contact Hours approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work. Provider Number: 0687
  • Contact Hours currently pending Single Program approval by the NBCC*
  • *NBCC Approval number will be added upon approval.
Policies:

Program Fee Policy The fee of the event and any additional fees will be clearly communicated to potential participants when registering for the event. There will be no additional charge for a certificate of completion/participation or verification of participation.

Cancellation Policy Registrants may submit a request for a refund to the event organizer and CE authorized individual, Ashley Loftis (ashley@apcbham.org). A request for a refund/cancellation request, which arrives at least 2 days prior to the workshop or event will be honored. Cancellation request that are submitted less than 2 days before the planned event will be reviewed by the event organizer and approved on a case-by-case basis. In the event that the training is canceled, refunds will be issued to registrants through the original registration source.

Grievance Policy Participants that are not satisfied with the event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition may submit a complaint to Ashley Loftis, the CE authorized individual, via email (ashley@apcbham.org). If this complaint cannot be immediately resolved, then, this complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director for resolution.

Verification of Attendance Verification of participation will be verified through registration and engagement with the event. Participants will be asked to change their name on Zoom to the name that they used to register for the event and the name that will be printed on their certificate of completion/participation. The CE authorized representative will monitor that the participant remains logged into Zoom for the duration of the program.

Requesting CE Credits and Evaluations In order to receive CE hours, participants must have remained logged into the entire program presentation. The participant will need to complete the request for CE hours. The request for CE hours will be provided at the end of the program along with the evaluation. They will also need to complete the program evaluation. A certificate will be issued to the participant within seven days of the completion of the request for CE hours and completion of the program evaluation.

Date:THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
Location:Virtual

Erin Hinz, LPC-S is a founding member and therapist at Lifeline Solutions, LLC, which is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has previously worked with Bradford Health Services. At Lifeline Solutions, LLC, Erin provides trauma focused therapy and conducts EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Erin has a great deal of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders and their families.

Sara Lovelady, LICSW graduated from The University of Alabama in 2015 with her MSW degree. Like Erin, Sara also worked for Bradford Health Services, and has a great deal of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders and their families. Sara is currently a therapist at Lifeline Solutions, LLC. She is also Lifeline Solutions' Clinical Operations Officer. In her clinical work, Sara focuses on the treatment of substance use disorder, eating disorders and trauma.

Program Summary:

Erin Hinz, LPC-S and Sara Lovelady, LICSW will provide education on how substance use disorders (SUD) effect the user's family members. The presenters will provide education on the stigma associated with SUD and how it effects the user's family members. The presenter will provide education on strategies of how to work with families with a member with a substance use disorder, and how to introduce and implement these strategies with a user and their family member.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the basic components of substance use disorders and how a substance use disorder effects family members.
  • Identify and discuss the stigma that surrounds substance use disorders and the impact stigma has on family members.
  • Discuss strategies of how to work with families with a member with a substance use disorder.
  • Demonstrate how to introduce and implement strategies with a user and their family member.
CE Credit Information:
  • Contact Hours approved by Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1557
  • Contact Hours approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work. Provider Number: 0687
  • Contact Hours currently pending Single Program approval by the NBCC*
  • *NBCC Approval number will be added upon approval.
Policies:

Program Fee Policy The fee of the event and any additional fees will be clearly communicated to potential participants when registering for the event. There will be no additional charge for a certificate of completion/participation or verification of participation.

Cancellation Policy Registrants may submit a request for a refund to the event organizer and CE authorized individual, Ashley Loftis (ashley@apcbham.org). A request for a refund/cancellation request, which arrives at least 2 days prior to the workshop or event will be honored. Cancellation request that are submitted less than 2 days before the planned event will be reviewed by the event organizer and approved on a case-by-case basis. In the event that the training is canceled, refunds will be issued to registrants through the original registration source.

Grievance Policy Participants that are not satisfied with the event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition may submit a complaint to Ashley Loftis, the CE authorized individual, via email (ashley@apcbham.org). If this complaint cannot be immediately resolved, then, this complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director for resolution.

Verification of Attendance Verification of participation will be verified through registration and engagement with the event. Participants will be asked to change their name on Zoom to the name that they used to register for the event and the name that will be printed on their certificate of completion/participation. The CE authorized representative will monitor that the participant remains logged into Zoom for the duration of the program.

Requesting CE Credits and Evaluations In order to receive CE hours, participants must have remained logged into the entire program presentation. The participant will need to complete the request for CE hours. The request for CE hours will be provided at the end of the program along with the evaluation. They will also need to complete the program evaluation. A certificate will be issued to the participant within seven days of the completion of the request for CE hours and completion of the program evaluation.

Date: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021
Location:Virtual

Dr. Rebekah Savage from the UAB Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine is a physician, who specializes in adolescents with substance use disorders and eating disorders. Dr. Savage has done extensive clinical research around the primary care of adolescents and young adults including the screening, prevention, and management of substance use and substance use disorders. Dr. Savage attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and she completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina. She is a board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

At Children's of Alabama, Dr. Savage works at the Adolescent Clinic. Specifically, Dr. Savage hosts her own Substance Use Assessment clinic that she runs along with the psychology team two days per week. Typically, primary care pediatricians send in referrals, but anyone in the community can call for an appointment if they have concerns about their adolescent.

Children's of Alabama Adolescent Clinic website: https://www.childrensal.org/adolescent-health-center Program Summary:

This program will provide education to medical professionals on how substance use disorders (SUDs) present in adolescents and how SUDs are prevalent in adolescents, and the misuse of substance is starting to appear in younger ages. The presenter, Dr. Rebekah Savage, will teach medical professionals how to differentiate substance use in adults and adolescents. This program will also cover how adolescent treatment differs from that of adults. This program will teach and equip medical professionals to be able to discuss substance use with adolescents and their parents and provide them with education.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the basic components of substance use disorders and how substance use disorders may present differently in adolescents than adults.
  • Identify and discuss the link between substance use disorders and stigma in adolescents.
  • Discuss strategies to improve interaction when discussing the use of substances with adolescents and their parents.
  • Understand how substance use disorders are treated differently in adolescents than adults.
  • Demonstrate techniques that can be used when discussing substance use with adolescents.
CE Credit Information:
  • Contact Hours approved by Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1557
  • Contact Hours approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work. Provider Number: 0687
  • Contact Hours currently pending Single Program approval by the NBCC*
  • *NBCC Approval number will be added upon approval.
Policies:

Program Fee Policy The fee of the event and any additional fees will be clearly communicated to potential participants when registering for the event. There will be no additional charge for a certificate of completion/participation or verification of participation.

Cancellation Policy Registrants may submit a request for a refund to the event organizer and CE authorized individual, Ashley Loftis (ashley@apcbham.org). A request for a refund/cancellation request, which arrives at least 2 days prior to the workshop or event will be honored. Cancellation request that are submitted less than 2 days before the planned event will be reviewed by the event organizer and approved on a case-by-case basis. In the event that the training is canceled, refunds will be issued to registrants through the original registration source.

Grievance Policy Participants that are not satisfied with the event hosted by the Addiction Prevention Coalition may submit a complaint to Ashley Loftis, the CE authorized individual, via email (ashley@apcbham.org). If this complaint cannot be immediately resolved, then, this complaint will be forwarded to the Executive Director for resolution.

Verification of Attendance Verification of participation will be verified through registration and engagement with the event. Participants will be asked to change their name on Zoom to the name that they used to register for the event and the name that will be printed on their certificate of completion/participation. The CE authorized representative will monitor that the participant remains logged into Zoom for the duration of the program.

Requesting CE Credits and Evaluations In order to receive CE hours, participants must have remained logged into the entire program presentation. The participant will need to complete the request for CE hours. The request for CE hours will be provided at the end of the program along with the evaluation. They will also need to complete the program evaluation. A certificate will be issued to the participant within seven days of the completion of the request for CE hours and completion of the program evaluation.

Date: Every Thursday at 6:30 PM
Location: The Moore Institute
Education and support group of Parents of Addicted Loves Ones. Open to everyone over the age of 18

Date: Every Monday at 6:30 PM
Location: Double Oak Community Church
Education and support group of Parents of Addicted Loves Ones. Open to everyone over the age of 18.