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Central Recovery Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Central Recovery  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

 

LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that Lynn Baumann has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Central Recovery. Lynn brings to her new role thirty-five years of experience in the accounting field, working with both private and not-for-profit companies. She joined Central Recovery more than fifteen years ago and has been serving as the Corporate Treasurer.

As CFO, Lynn will be responsible for overseeing all accounting and financial functions, business planning, and budgeting efforts for the CR family of companies. In addition, this transition provides an opportunity for the executive leadership team to implement changes to the organizational structure of the finance department in a manner that will strengthen our operational efficiency and support the continued growth of the business.

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

Central Recovery Appoints New Corporate Compliance Manager

Kristine Gatski

Chief Operating Officer

Central Recovery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that Hortensia DeJesus has accepted the position of Corporate Compliance Manager for Central Recovery. Hortensia was has been with Las Vegas Recovery Center, a subsidiary of Central Recovery for over a decade serving as Family and Outpatient Services Manager.

In this new position, Hortensia will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s corporate compliance program. She will review and evaluate compliance concerns and implement necessary actions to resolve any outstanding issues. She will work closely with executive management to ensure the organization meets the requirements of all regulatory agencies and achieves the objectives of an effective compliance program.

 

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

Central Recovery Press Expands With Acquisition of Mac Publishing

CRP Author Claudia Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Central Recovery  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

 

LAS VEGAS—Central Recovery is excited to announce that one of its companies, Central Recovery Press (CRP), has acquired the assets of of Mac Publishing, an independent book, audio, and video publishing company founded by the award-winning author Claudia Black, PhD.

Under Dr. Black and Jack Fahey’s leadership, the Washington-based Mac Publishing has been at the forefront of addiction and mental health literature for more than 30 years and has produced numerous bestsellers, including Dr. Black’s million-copy bestseller It Will Never Happen to Me and her popular children’s book My Dad Loves Me.

“We’re honored to be bringing Mac Publishing to CRP,” stated Central Recovery’s CEO, Stuart Smith. “Many of Mac Publishing’s titles have become standards in the field of addiction. Our experienced sales and marketing team is looking forward to becoming champions of so many beloved and widely-read titles.”

Mac Publishing is also delighted about the acquisition. In a joint statement, owners Jack Fahey and Claudia Black commented: “CRP and Mac Publishing share a similar vision, and we believe CRP and their forward-thinking editorial and production skills will maintain the clinical relevancy you have come to expect with our company.”

Dr. Black’s work, teachings, and trainings have earned her a reputation as an esteemed and valued voice in the field of addiction recovery. Dr. Black was named “Educator of the Year” by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Marty Mann Award.

In taking the helm of Mac Publishing, CRP aims to deliver Dr. Black’s current and future work to a new and even wider audience. Beginning March of 2017, CRP will release a new edition of Dr. Black’s relapse prevention workbook A Hole in the Sidewalk.

About Central Recovery Press:

Central Recovery Press (CRP), a full-service publishing and intellectual property clearinghouse specializing in addiction treatment and recovery and behavioral healthcare topics, is part of the Central Recovery family of companies that are dedicated to recovery from addiction. CRP has cultivated a reputation for publishing unique materials related to addiction and chronic pain recovery and treatment and currently has over 100 titles in print.

About Central Recovery:

Central Recovery (CR) is the parent company of CRP and a network of companies, including the evidence-based treatment center Las Vegas Recovery Center and the property management company Recovery Properties. Central Recovery’s mission is to educate Southern Nevada and the public at large that recovery is real, recovery is possible, and recovery is lasting.

32 Drug and Alcohol Addiction Conferences to Attend in 2017

Drug and alcohol conferences in 2017

Do you work in the field of addiction or mental health? Then this list is for you! We’ve compiled a list of the top drug and alcohol conferences in 2017.

All of the addiction conferences listed below are ones that staff from Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) plan on attending, including several that LVRC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mel Pohl, will be delivering the keynote address and teaching workshops. Be sure to follow LVRC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for further updates!

January

1. Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium

When: January 29 – February 1, 2017

Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado

This four-day conference is dedicated to mental health professionals and will focus on addictive disorders and behavioral health.

Website: http://cspaws.com/

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

February

2. Western Doctors in Recovery

When: February 24-26 2017

Where: Carmel Valley, California

Western Doctors in Recovery is a group designed for healthcare professionals who are in recovery. Once a year, they hold an education-focused conference for their members as well as their members’ spouses, partners and adult children. Some of the topics addressed include trends in addiction medicine and addiction recovery success stories.

Website: https://westerndoctorsinrecovery.com/

Who will be attending: Dr. Mel Pohl

 

3. Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare

East Meets West: Multiple Perspectives on Trauma and Addiction

When: February 16-17 2017

Where: Orange County, California

The “East Meets West” conference will feature renowned addiction and trauma speakers and clinical trainings covering a range of mental health topics. Private practice therapists, counselors, psychologists, addiction professionals, social workers and psychotherapists are all encouraged to attend.

Website: https://vendome.swoogo.com/sce-oc-2017/home

Who will be attending: Betsy Lyle

 

March

4. Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine

When: March 2-3 2017

Where: Tulalip, Washington

This conference will cover a variety of addiction medicine topics, including sessions related to treatment of opioid use disorders. The conference is geared for healthcare professionals who work with a substance abuse clientele.

Website (download a brochure): http://washington.providence.org/nwcme/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProvidenceNW

 

5. US Journal Training, Inc.

10th National Counseling Advances

When: March 22–24 2017

Where: Las Vegas,  Nevada

This annual conference will focus on addiction’s affect on the brain, the Opioid Epidemic, neurobiology of addiction as well as trauma treatment, co-occurring disorders, suicide prevention and more. Early registration rates expire February 25, 2017 at 12:00am EST

Website: http://www.usjt.com/Conferences/2017/10th-National-Counseling-Advances-Conference/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/usjtraining

Who will be attending: Dr. Mel Pohl will be the keynote speaker and will presenting a workshop and hosting a dinner.

 

6. NATCON 2017 Conference

When: March 31 – April 5 2017

Where: Seattle, Washington

NATCON is one of the country’s biggest behavioral health conferences, with 5,000 healthcare professionals expected to attend in 2017.  The annual conference attracts mental health and addiction treatment providers from across the country. Follow the hashtags #NatCon17 and #BH365 on social media for updates.

Website: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/events-and-training/conference/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nationalcouncil

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

April

7. Innovations in Recovery

When: April 3 – 6 2017

Where: San Diego, California

Innovations in Recovery is a conference dedicated to exploring new treatment options for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The aim of the conference is to provide treatment professionals and organizations with the latest industry info so that they may be better prepared to help clients with their specific demographic needs.

Website: http://foundationsevents.com/innovations-in-recovery/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FRNevents

Who will be attending: Betsy Lyle

 

8. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Conference

When: April 6 – 9 2017

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

ASAM has a membership of over 4,000 addiction specialists from the medical field. The organization, which was founded in 1954, aims to improve addiction treatment through educating physicians and supporting addiction research. ASAM’s 48th Annual Conference will highlight the latest research and innovations in the field of addiction medicine.

Website: http://www.asam.org/education/live-online-cme/the-asam-annual-conference

Twitter: https://twitter.com/asamorg

Who will be attending: Ellen Plaze and Dr. Mel Pohl

 

9. FSPHP Annual Education Conference & Business Meeting 2017

When: April 19 – 22 2017

Where: Forth Worth, Texas

This conference is geared towards physicians and will highlight topics ranging from burnout and mental illness to addiction and suicide. In addition to general and breakout sessions, the conference will also offer networking opportunities experts in health and well-being industry.

Website: http://www.fsphp.org/event/annual-education-conference-business-meeting-2017

Who will be attending: Ellen Plaze, Dr. Mel Pohl

 

10. Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association

95th Annual Convention

When: April 19 – 23 2017

Where: Scottsdale, Arizona

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Convention caters to physicians, providing osteopathic continuing medical education credits (CMEs) to participants. This year’s theme: “Empowering Ourselves, Empowering Our Patients”.

Agenda is pending.

Website: http://www.az-osteo.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=586884&group=

Twitter: https://twitter.com/az_osteo

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

May

11. 2017 Washington State Nurses Convention

When: May 3—May 5 2017

Where: Tulalip, Washington

The aim of this nursing convention is to bring Washington State-area nurses together for three days of workshops, speakers and networking. Though addiction is not the main focus of the conference, as the opioid epidemic continues to plague American communities, it’ll likely be a topic that’s touched upon. LVRC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mel Pohl, will be attending.
Website: http://www.rnconvention.com/

Website: https://www.wsna.org/calendar/6467/washington-state-nurses-convention

Twitter: https://twitter.com/myWSNA

Who will be attending: Dr. Mel Pohl

 

12. National Addiction Leadership Conference

When: May 21 – 23 2017

Where: Austin, Texas

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) will once again host the National Addiction Leadership Conference, which they’ve been putting on since 1978. It is one of the premiere educational and networking conferences in the field of addiction treatment.

Website: https://www.naatp.org/training/national-addiction-leadership-conference

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NAATPMarv

 

June

13. 30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

When: June 1 – 3 2017

Where: Seattle, Washington

With the aim to explore “the complex issues within the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders”, the 30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders will delve into a variety of issues related to addiction and mental health. Some of the addiction topics the various workshops will cover include: “Combining Science and Compassion in the Treatment of Addiction”, “Failed Attachment and Addictive Behavior” “How to Intervene with Addicts and Their Families” and much more.

Website: http://www.usjt.com/Conferences/2016/29th-Annual-Northwest-Conference-on-Behavioral-Health-and-Addictive-Disorders/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/usjtraining

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

14. West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders

When: June 1 – 4 2017

Where: La Quinta, California

Spanning two and a half days, the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD) is expected to attract hundreds of Employee Assistance Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation Counselors from across the country. It is a “sister conference” to the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD), which in 2016 welcomed over 1,000 attendees, and is known to be great for networking.

Website: http://www.wcsad.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/C4conferencing

Who will be attending: Betsy Lyle, Jolene Baney

 

15.  National Council of Self Insurers 2017 Annual Meeting

When: June 4 – 7 2017

Where: San Diego, California

This conference can help those looking to learn more about compensation liability in the workplace. The National Council of Self Insurers aims to provide information to self-insured companies and state self-insurer associations.

Website: http://www.natcouncil.com/meet.html

Who will be attending: Dr. Mel Pohl

 

July

16. National Association of Drug Court Professionals

When: July 9—12 2017

Where: Washington, DC

In 2016, over 5,000 treatment court professionals attended the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, which was held in Anaheim, California. It is considered one of the largest addiction conferences in the world. In 2017, the conference will be held in Washington DC and will cover topics related to addiction, mental health and criminal justice reform.

Website: http://www.nadcp.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_ALLRISE_

Who will be attending: Reade Hulburd

 

17. Labor Assistance Professionals Conference  (LAP Conference)

When: July 16 – 23 2017

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Labor Assistance Professionals (LAP) Conference has been an annual occurrence for 25 years. The aim of the conference is to provide LAP members with education about addiction and mental health treatment services.

Website: http://www.laborassistanceprofessionals.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=201720LAP20Conference

Who will be attending: Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

 

18. 18th Annual Summer Institute

When: July 18—21 2017

Where: Sedona, Arizona

The Annual Summer Institute is hosted by the Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) and over its 18-year history, has become known a popular educational resource for those looking to learn about new state and federal healthcare policies. This year, the conference will feature five keynote addresses, 50 breakout sessions, a town hall forum and a number of networking opportunities. Previous conferences have sold out, so make sure to register early.

Website: https://cabhp.asu.edu/summer-institute

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

19. Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience (CORE) Conference

When: July 16 – 19 2017

Where: Amelia Island, Florida

The focus of the CORE conference is to highlight ways in which addiction professionals can better incorporate abstinence-based practices into addiction recovery treatment services, utilizing Twelve-Step principles. The conference is hosted by C4 Recovery Solutions and is one of the most renowned addiction recovery conferences in the country.

Website: http://core-conference.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/c4conferencing

Who will be attending: Dr. Mel Pohl and Ellen Plaze

 

20. Addiction Treatment Centers & Professionals Consortium of California (ATCPCC)

When: July 24 – July 26 2017

Where: Newport Beach, California

Over 50 treatment centers and numerous private practitioners are expected to attend the ATCPCC, making this an ideal conference for those looking to build referral relationships while earing CEUs. The aim of the conference is to provide mental professionals with a comprehensive list of resources they can rely on when clients require services that fall outside of their areas of expertise.

Website: https://www.newdirectionsforwomen.org/atcpcc-2017/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NDFW

Who will be attending: Betsy Lyle

 

21. 28th Santa Fe Conference Integrating Spirituality, Mindfulness and Compassion in Mental Health and Addictions

When: July 24 – 26 2017

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico

What makes this conference unique is its focus on wellness and personal growth. In addition to traditional addiction and mental health treatments, alternative-counseling therapies will explored as well. The conference will also examine a variety of spiritual paths and how they relate to personal development and intervention strategies.

Some of the topics workshops will focus on will include: Spirituality in Treatment and Recovery, Experiential and Expressive Therapies, The Wisdom of the Heart, Integrating Poetry and Creative Arts in Treatment, Healing Rhythms, Precursors to Change and much more.

Website:

http://www.usjt.com/Conferences/2016/27th-Santa-Fe-Conference-on-Integrating-Spirituality-Mindfulness-and-Compassion-in-Mental-Health-and-Addictions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/usjtraining

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

August

22. International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) Annual Meeting 2017

When: August 2 – August 6 2017

Where: Snowbird, Utah

The annual meeting of International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) aims to provide an opportunity for physicians in the recovery community to listen, learn and share about the addiction recovery experience. Attendees will hear from a number of AA speakers and earn CE credits during NA, GA and OA, etc. breakout sessions. The theme for the 2017 convention is “Building an Arch”, which will be highlighting “the action component of recovery”. In addition to AA, Al-Anon and Ala-Twenties programming, IDAA will also offer a program for IDAA Teens and children. A scholarship program is also available for newcomers. Visit the website to learn more.

Website: https://www.idaa.org/2017/

 

23. Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Annual State Conference (TAAP Conference)

When: August 17 -19 2017

Where: San Antonio, Texas

The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), which is the state affiliate of NAADAC, The National Association for Addiction Professionals, seeks to provide support for local addiction treatment professionals while highlighting the substance abuse issues occurring in Texas. Topics covered include legislative initiatives and licensing and certification standards.

Website: http://www.taap.org/

 

25. Navigating Passages to Recovery

When: August 16 – 20 2017

Where: Baltimore, MD

This conference targets addiction therapists and clinicians as well as executives, administrators and marketers. It aims to equip attendees with action-oriented solutions for addiction prevention, treatment and aftercare. Earn CE and ethics credits in the picturesque and history Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Website: https://vendome.swoogo.com/NCAD-2017

 

September

26. Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

When: September 14 – 17 2017

Where: Hyannis, Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD) is a four-day event that serves as a continuing education and networking opportunity for professionals in the field of addiction treatment and mental health.

Website: http://www.ccsad.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/C4conferencing

Who will be attending: Ellen Plaze

 

27. 2017 Art of Recovery Expo

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Where: Phoenix, Arizona

One of the biggest selling points of this one-day event is that it’s free. Held in Phoenix and open to the public, the event aims to educate the community about addiction, the affect it has on families and the various solutions. The event will focus on young adult and family recovery.

Website: http://www.artofrecoveryexpo.com/

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

28. Lifestyle Intervention Conference

When: TBD

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Lifestyle Intervention Conference teaches attendees how to recognize and treat the “blind spot issues” that are frequently overlooked in mental health treatment. It also aims to inform addiction professionals about “Process Addiction” and claims to be the only “professional conference in the country” to do so.

Website: http://www.lifestyleintervention.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/liconference

Who will be attending: Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

 

29. National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Conference

When: September 22 – 26 2017

Where: Denver, Colorado

The focus of the NAADAC 2017 will be “Elevate Your Practice”. The three-day conference also offers post-conference sessions for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) and those who work for the US Department of Transportation.

Website: http://www.naadac.org/annualconference

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

 

October

30. Moments of Change Conference

When: October 2 – 5 2017

Where: Palm Beach, Florida

The goal of the Moments of Change Conference is to teach mental health professionals how to guide their clients through the “life-changing breakthroughs” (I.e, “moments of change”) that those with co-occurring disorders often experience. The conference offers seminars on innovative treatment and intervention approaches, with the aim to bring a “renewed passion to the lifesaving work of treating patients with addiction and mental health conditions.”

Website: http://foundationsevents.com/moments-of-change/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FRNevents

 

31. International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)

When: October 18 – 21

Where: Orlando, Florida

This conference has a specific audience: nurses who work with clients who have a substance use or abuse disorder and/or other addictions. The conference is designed to provide opportunities for nursing professionals to grow their addiction treatment knowledge and skills in a collaborative setting. Although the conference targets “nurses who specialize in the prevention and treatment of addictions”, nurses from other disciplines are also encouraged to attend as well.

Website: http://www.intnsa.org/conference

Who will be attending: Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

 

November

32. In Recovery Gratitude Gala and Comedy Night

When: TBD

Where: Prescott, Arizona

Each year, In Recovery Magazine hosts a comedy night, networking reception, awards ceremony and silent auction in order raise money for addiction-recovery related charities. Although the entertainment for 2017 has yet to be announced, in 2016, the featured comedian was Alonzo Bodden of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”.

Who will be attending: Jolene Baney

Know of an addiction conference in 2017 that’s not on our list? Leave a comment and let us know!

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Baumann, Corporate Treasurer

Employee Spotlight: Lynn Baumann, Corporate Treasurer

Lynn Baumann handles the day-to-day cash management as well as internal auditing across the Central Recovery Companies. She also assists on special financial and HR projects as needed.

1. What made you decide to come to work at Central Recovery?

Prior to Las Vegas Recovery Center opening, I was already working for Mr. Smith in another capacity, so this was a natural extension of my job.

2. What do you like best about your current position?

Every day is different; there is always something new and exciting going on. I have learned more working for Central Recovery than in all the other jobs I have previously had.

3. Describe how your position contributes to the CR mission.

Even though accountants are not usually in a position to help those suffering from a substance use or mental health disorder, making sure all bases are covered in the background allows the client to receive the help that they need from the professionals at LVRC.

4. How do you measure your own success?

I measure success by doing the best possible job I can do everyday.

5. Describe the leadership skills you feel you have.

I try and really listen; right now this is my most important leadership skill. I am also a great researcher and I think I work well with others.

6. What is the wildest idea you have had in the past year outside of work?

My wildest idea is to follow the path of Stu Redman in the Stephen King novel The Stand, from Maine to Boulder, then on to Las Vegas.

7. What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, read, and read! I also like hanging out with my family and three kitties.

8. Tell us one thing that people may not know about you.

I love Heavy Metal music.


Want to learn more about CR employees? Read about Melinda Hixon, Central Recovery’s Senior Accountant.

Highlights from the International Nurses Society on Addictions 2016 Conference

Highlights from the International Nurses Society on Addictions 2016 Conference

This past week, the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) staff attended the annual conference of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. It was wonderful to connect with members of the nursing community and share with them our expertise in the field of addiction. We had a great time!

Dr. Kasey Dean, Dr. Dan Shiode and Hortensia DeJesus gave presentations and Dr. Mel Pohl presented the conference’s keynote address. LVRC Counselor Paul Hinshaw was in attendance as well as LVRC Community Relations Representative Vanessa Starr-Comiskey.

The following are some highlights from the event:

Hortensia DeJesus gave an insightful and passionate presentation

Hortensia spoke about the role codependency plays between those with substance use disorders and their family members and friends.

DeJesus discussed some of the wisdoms and insights she’s gained working as Family Services and Outpatient Manager at LVRC, including the need for friends and family to set clear and strong boundaries.

“Family members often tell me: ‘I can’t kick them out’ or ‘I can’t get divorced’,” DeJesus explained to the audience of nursing professionals. “But I tell them that ‘I’m not saying that.’ Codependents often go to the extremes. But that’s not what I’m asking people to do. I’m just asking them to set boundaries. Addicts need boundaries or else they’re going to die from this disease.”

Towards the end of the workshop, DeJesus demonstrated the damage addiction and codependency has on the family through a powerful reenactment.

DeJesus had a volunteer hold a heavy bottle labeled “addiction” over her head. She then explained that the addict can only maintain their addiction by themselves for so long before they need support, which is where family members and friends usually come in. A family member (or family members) will help the addict continue to “hold up” their addiction by providing financial and emotional support and other enabling behaviors.

DeJesus’s demostration was a simple yet effective way to show the ways in which well-intentioned loved ones can prolong the disease of addiction through misguided and codependent behavior.

Dr. Dan Shiode facilitated a thorough and fascinating discussion

Dr. Shiode, Clinical Director at Las Vegas Recovery Center, shared with the group some of the knowledge he’s gained from nearly 30 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist. He continued the discussion on co-dependency, commenting:

“The addict is addicted to the substance. But one question that isn’t asked is: ‘Who is the family member addicted to?’ The answer is, of course, ‘the addict’.”

Dr. Shiode shared several stories from his childhood, highlighting how codependency can affect Asian cultures in ways many may not realize.

Dr. Kasey Dean got the audience laughing with a humorous speech

Dr. Kasey Dean, LVRC’s nurse practitioner and dual diagnosis specialist, spoke about how nurses can fall trap to codependent behavior in the workplace, placing their own patients’ needs before their own, for example.

“For some people, it’s a scary thought to think that being co-dependent and being a great nurse are too different things. They identify so strongly with the idea that being a good nurse means being everything for their clients.”

This, Dr. Dean explained, is what can cause nurses to skip bathroom or lunch breaks and not practice good self care. “How can you take care of people when your own cup is empty?” He asked the room of eager listeners.

Though Dr. Dean’s presentation highlighted a serious topic, his use of memes and humorous antidotes from his own life and nursing school experiences had the audience smiling and laughing.

Dr. Mel Pohl, the conference’s keynote speaker, discussed the opioid crisis and what the medical community can do to turn the tide.

After his presentation, Dr. Pohl was surprised by the announcement that he’d won this year’s prestigious “Spirit Award”.

The Spirit Award is given to a non-nursing professional whose work in the field of addiction has made a substantial impact in society. Dr. Pohl, LVRC’s Chief Medical Officer, was honored the members of the IntNSA nominated him to be this year’s award recipient, saying in a statement: “I was delighted and deeply humbled to receive this award. It was especially significant to learn I’d been nominated by members of the nursing community for whom I have the utmost respect. It’s truly an honor.”

Employee Spotlight: Melinda Hixon, Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant at Central Recovery

Melinda Hixon, Senior Accountant at Central Recovery, analyzes and prepares financial information and maintains a record of assets, liabilities, profits and losses, and other financial activities within the organization. Recently, Melinda sat down to answer a few questions about her role for this month’s “Employee Spotlight.”

1. What made you decide to come to work at Central Recovery?

Throughout my career my most rewarding positions have been geared towards strengthening communities. I developed a passion for community-focused initiatives through my experience with programs like the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC), Oregon Commission on Children and Families (OCCF), and Lane County Domestic Violence Council (LVDVC). I wanted to come to work for Central Recovery because it was a natural extension of my desire to be a part of something that brings value to the lives of others.

2. What do you like best about your current position?

Aside from my awesome boss and co-workers, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism here at Central Recovery. Additionally, I love that this is a ‘family’ of people who are not only dedicated to the success of the company, but also to the success of each individual in their personal lives.

3. Describe how your position contributes to the CR mission.

My position assists in producing work that is not only of economic value, but also of social value, in that the work I do indirectly makes a positive difference in people’s lives.

4. What is your biggest success story at CR?

As a new employee coming to Central Recovery, my biggest success has been embracing and overcoming the new challenges that my position has offered me. I believe my biggest success, however, is yet to come.

5. Do you have any long-term goals for the department? If so, please describe.

As new contracts are acquired, my goal is to ensure compliance and maintain accurate record-keeping and accounting. I also plan on identifying gaps and streamlining processes to improve efficiencies.

6. How do you measure your own success?

When both my professional and personal values align to provide a work/life balance that is the perfect blend of happiness and productivity.

7. Describe the leadership skills you feel you have.

My leadership skills stem from humility and compassion. I tend to have a quiet confidence as my leadership is generally demonstrated by my example and the quality of my performance.

8. What is the wildest idea you have had in the past year outside of work?

A spontaneous last-minute road trip where I “Flew like an Eagle” to see Steve Miller in concert.

9. What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband on the lower Colorado and weekend getaways to unexplored locations.

10. Tell us one thing that people may not know about you.

I married my husband six years ago and became an instant grandma of three beautiful children who call me ‘glam-ma’.

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