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Guest Speakers: Chuck Blair, Mary Haney + Rob Nash

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Pastor Chuck Blair, of New Church Live, along with Mary Haney and Rob Nash, both members of the congregation, spoke to Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today about faith-based recovery efforts. New Church Live hosts an annual Family and Addiction service, as well as regular recovery support group meetings for those affected by substance use disorders.   “Blessed, Broken, and Shared”:...

Guest Speaker: Matt Schmonsees

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Matt Schmonsees, the court coordinator for the Philadelphia Treatment Court (PTC), visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today to speak about sentencing alternatives for drug and alcohol offenders who struggle with substance use. Schmonsees, who is also a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals...

Guest Speaker: Fred Way

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Fred Way, executive director of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Houses (PARR), spoke to Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today about recovery housing in Pennsylvania. Way also serves as the treasurer of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR). Click here to download Way’s presentation and here for the consumer guide to recovery housing he distributed. Fred Way:...

Guest Speaker: Keli McLoyd

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Keli McLoyd, an associate at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, spoke to Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today to discuss medication-assisted treatment options, including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. Click here for McLoyd’s handout on proven clinical and cost effectiveness of medications used to treat opioid disorder and here for her handout on public and...

Guest Speakers: Akia Feggans + Karen Shible

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Akia Feggans, the director of behavioral health at the Diana Baldwin Clinic, and Karen Shible, a therapist at Teach Recovery Education Empowerment (TREE), visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today to talk to the class about the services offered through Philadelphia FIGHT, the organization that runs both Diana Baldwin and TREE. Philadelphia FIGHT is a health services organization that...

Guest Speakers: Chelsey + Judith Cain

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Chelsey Cain and her mother Judith shared with Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction their personal experiences with addiction–Chelsey as an individual now in long-term recovery, and Judith as the mother of someone with a substance use disorder. Judith attributes Chelsey’s nearly eight years of recovery to an 18-month sentence she served for selling stolen firearms for drug money...

Guest Speakers: Chas Carlson, Ian Stoddart + Eric Miller

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Paramedic Ian Stoddart and EMT Chas Carlson, both of Narberth Ambulance, visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today with Marple Township Police officer Eric Miller to discuss emergency services related to drug and alcohol overdoses. All three have been trained to use and have administered naloxone, more commonly known by its brand name Narcan, to reverse opioid overdoses.  ...

Guest Speaker: Roland Lamb

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Roland Lamb, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction to discuss the state of drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia, perspectives on substance use and overdose, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s addiction services. Click here to download Lamb’s presentation.   “This...

Guest Speaker: Devin Reaves

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Recovery advocate Devin Reaves spoke to Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today about how race has impacted the public’s perception of addiction. He also emphasized the need for social justice to remove the barriers that prevent underprivileged communities from receiving treatment. Reaves, who has been in long-term recovery for 10 years, is a member of the Philadelphia Opioid Task...

Guest Speaker: Jon Orens

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Philadelphia real estate investor Jon Orens visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today to share his experience as a father to a son with a substance use disorder. Jon’s son, Danny Orens, passed away on Nov. 16, 2016 after an 11-year battle with alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines. Danny, 28, had recently celebrated two years of abstinence-based recovery.   Jon Orens...

Guest Speakers: Scott McLane + Rich Stockwell

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New Jersey residents Scott McLane and Rich Stockwell visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction today to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery.   Reflection on Scott McLane by Danielle Nick “I’m not really good at not wearing it [his past] on my sleeve; why should I lie?” After listening to Scott McLane’s story on Tuesday, this quote stuck with me. To me, these words...

Guest Speaker: Aaron Kucharski

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New Jersey recovery advocate Aaron Kucharski visited Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction earlier today to discuss the language of addiction and recovery, recovery messaging and The Anonymous People. Aaron works for NCADD-NJ, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of those affected by drug and alcohol addiction. He also works with Facing Addiction, a national non-profit...