Join the Appalachian State Community for a viewing of THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE documentary on Thursday, April 10 from 8pm – 10pm in the Beacon Heights and Rough Ridge Rooms, Plemmons Student Union. Dr. Christina Rosen, LPCS, LCAS, ICADC, NCC, CSI (Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program in the Reich College of Education) and other licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists will facilitate discussion following the film.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is an 88 minute feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Thursday, April 10 2014 is National Alcohol Screening Day. Organized by the national nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the screening day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and helps individuals with alcohol problems find opportunities for assessment and treatment.
Alcohol abuse can often occur with other mental health issues and can exacerbate the symptoms of illnesses such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol is often used to "medicate" these disorders but, being a depressant itself, it can make the problem worse, according to Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the founder of Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Are you curious about your own alcohol use or that of someone else's? If so, take an anonymous screening online at www.HowDoYouScore.org. The screening site, www.HowDoYouScore.org is accessible and free year round to the public.
The Student Wellness Center will also offer free alcohol screening at contact tables in the post office from 9am - 2pm. For more information contact Kendal McDevitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Join Together Staff | March 27, 2014 |
A smartphone app may help people in recovery from alcohol abuse to cut down on “risky drinking”—having more than three or four alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, a new study finds.
Using the app also increased the chance that people recovering from alcohol abuse would totally abstain from drinking, Reuters reports. The app has guided relaxation techniques. It sends an alert when a person is near a bar or other place that could be risky to their recovery. The app includes a “panic” button that connects with a person’s supporters and other app users, and has games to help distract from cravings.Read more