The Individual and Familial Dynamics of Recovery
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Invited Panelists: Dr. H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., CAS, FASAM, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS; Dennis Wholey, Host, This is America with Dennis Wholey; Renee Gerger, Board Certified Diplomate, Gerger, Spivack and Associates; Gloria Elliott, Mental Health Director, La Clinica Del Pueblo
Program Abstract: When one family member becomes dependent on alcohol or drugs, everyone is affected. In fact, experts refer to addiction as a family disease. Across the Nation, families are finding treatment—not only for the dependent member, but for the entire family unit. Still, making the transition from shame and denial to treatment and recovery is difficult. This program highlights the struggles of individuals and families in recovery and the successful strategies they use to begin the healing process and maintain sobriety. It also will provide insights into conducting successful interventions and provide helpful tips for children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers for dealing with addiction in the family.
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)