Addiction 101

Addiction 101

Following Up

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, we partnered with the Great Valley School District to address the challenges we face when substance use disorders become a reality for individuals, family members, and our communities.

Our Presenters

  • Kim Porter, CFRS

    • Kim is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation
  • Karen Levin, MSS, LCSW

    • Karen has a private practice at the Therapeutic Alliance in Malvern and specializes in the treatment of addiction and complex trauma issues.

  • John Becker, MHSC, CTR, CEAP, SAP

    • John is the Treatment & Outreach Administrator for the First Responder Program at Livengrin, and is a person in recovery from substance use disorder.

↓View the Powerpoint that was presented.↓

Helpful Information

What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder?
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Brain Disease Model of Addiction
Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation

What is Addiction?
American Psychiatric Association

Shaming the Sick:  Addiction & Stigma
American Addiction Centers

Patients with Addiction Need Treatment – Not Stigma
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Ending the Stigma of Addiction
by William White


Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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