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Mutual Support Groups: What Everyone Needs to Know

Invited Panelists: Keith Humphreys, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Dr. Patricia O’ Gorman, Chief Psychologist and Author, Berkshire Farm Center; Allen Ault, Dean, College of Justice and Safety, Eastern Kentucky University; John Shinholser, Advocate for Recovery

Program Abstract: For decades, an ever increasing number of mutual support groups have helped individuals and families overcome addictions and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, NarAnon, Smart Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and Moderation Management are but a few of the mutual support groups that are helping to make a difference. This program explores the role of mutual support group and helps you discern whether one might be right for you or someone you care about. This program highlights what makes mutual support groups work and lets you know how to find one near you. It also gives helpful tips for health care providers, employers, the criminal justice system, and educators for incorporating mutual support groups into their operations.

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Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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