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May 19, 2019

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Overcoming addiction workshop May 17 at Nicolet

Leading experts on addiction from across the state will present the first of three workshops in the Overcoming Addiction Together series from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Northwoods Center 208 at Nicolet College.

The series will launch with the Working Together Towards Understanding Addiction and Facilitating Recovery workshop, organizers said in a press release. Dr. David Mays, a clinical faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give the plenary address and provide closing remarks.

"It is only in the last 20 years that we have had the tools to understand the physical mechanisms by which addiction can change people's brains, distort their personalities and cripple their will power," Dr. Mays wrote describing his presentation. "Although there is still much to learn, what insights we have can lead to novel treatments and increase our compassion for those who suffer from this disease."

During the session the audience will be introduced to the latest medical understanding of addiction including epidemiology, brain mechanisms, social neuroscience insights, and evidence for treatment.

Workshop participants will then choose two of three breakout sessions. These will include:

• SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) Training, presented by Laura Saunders, MSSW, with the Great Lakes Addictions, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Centers and State Project Manager for the State of Wisconsin.

• Introduction to Motivational Interviewing, with Mia Croyle, MA, a behavioral health specialist with Metastar.

• Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), presented by Michael Larson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in pain management with the Marshfield Clinic.

Dr. Mays will then provide closing remarks.

"Addiction is a long-term life threatening illness. Resuscitating an overdose victim is only the beginning step in saving a life," he said. "Treating the causes of addiction and providing the ongoing support for people who are struggling to recover requires the coordinated effort of emergency responders, healthcare providers, social service workers, and others in the community."

Cost is $20 for one workshop or $50 for all three. Topics of future workshops include Building Resilient Families and Communities: Moving Beyond Trauma/ACEs and Addiction Friday, July 19, and Taking Care of Ourselves as We Care for Others, Friday, Aug. 16. Professionals working in addiction fields well as members of the general pubic are invited to attend.

All workshops will also be held in Wausau a day prior to the workshops at Nicolet.

For more information, and to register, visit

The workshops are being presented by Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers in partnership with Nicolet College, Ascension, Northcentral Technical College, Oneida County Health Department, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, Americorp, UW-Madison Extension, Marathon County Health Department, North Central Health Care, and Options Counseling Services.

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