Learn about the effects of opioids and how to become empowered for a lifetime of recovery through a variety of learning exercises. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are providing education and training through virtual meeting software and the World-Wide-Web. Educational programs are being offered to improve the public's capacity to recognize and avoid the dangers of misuse/abuse of prescription opioids.
Awareness and Prevention Training
April 6, 2021
This session discusses some approaches on why people become dependent upon and misuse substances. Participants will learn about theories and models of addiction.
April 20, 2021
In this session, Dr. Ralph Petersen, MD, will define what opioids are and how they affect the brain and body (neurological system) and cause an addiction.
April 27, 2021
The purpose for this program is to introduce the importance of safely disposing unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. The most commonly used disposal method will be discussed.
May 4, 2021
In this session, Dr. Chan S Hwang, M.D., will talk about pain and how it has a beneficial role in protecting an individual who has been harmed from further harm and motivates the person to find a remedy. We will learn how the brain interprets pain and activates endorphins to reduce pain.
May 11, 2021
In this session, participants will learn the differences between triggers and cravings and will also learn how to identify, understand and overcome triggers and cravings
May 18, 2021
Participants will learn the importance of a support system (family, friends, peers, helpers) and the important role of community. Participants will identify people who will have a positive impact on their recovery journey.
May 25, 2021
Participants will learn the first non-conventional, approved method of disposing unwanted, used, or expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.
June 8, 2021
In this session, presenters will define stress, what causes it, the signs and symptoms, and what we can do to manage stress by completing the stress response cycle.
June 22, 2021
The present will introduce a variety of ways to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs, and provide guidelines for how to flush medication for disposal.
July 6, 2021
Dr. Ralph Peterson and Devie Phipps will discuss the Trans-theoretical Model (Stages of Change). Topics covered will include Pre-contemplative Stage, Contemplative Stage, Preparation Stage, Action Stage, Maintenance Stage, Termination Stage
July 20, 2021
In this session, Dr. Ralph Peterson will share with participants steps to recovery. Recovery is in all aspects of life—psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social.
July 27, 2021
This is the last pill drop training, Pill Drop #4. The purpose is to introduce a variety of ways to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.
Aug 3, 2021
The purpose/objective of this training is:
- To define motivation
- To learn what role motivation plays in recovery from addiction
- To learn about motivation and addiction from a lived experience
Aug 10, 2021
The Objectives of this session include:
- Create an awareness of the role plant-based nutriction has in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Provide Phytochemicals in foods to lower LDL Cholesterol
Aug 31, 2021
In this session we'll be talking about NARCAN. The tradename is NARCAN but the generaic name is Naloxone. We will learn what NARCAN is, what it is used for and how it works.
Sep 7, 2021
Dr. Joy Peterson is going to share recipes and demonstrate preparation of foods that will help increase our mood and will help with brain development and increase feelings of well being.
Sep 14, 2021
This evening's presentation is special because we have two people who have volunteered to share their personal and lived experiences with Opioids. They are volunteering their time and experiences to hopefully help others who may be battling with substance abuse.
Sep 21, 2021
Tonight we'll focus on the wonderful talents displayed with the young people. The theme provided to the young artists is "Healthy Brains and Hearts: Keeping your brain healthy to make the best choices."