alcohol is a popular substance abused and misused in the united states

Helpful Resources for Alcohol Prevention & Recovery

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>> The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

>> AA Grapevine (The International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous)

>> A Woman’s Way Through the 12 Steps by by Stephanie S. Covington, PhD

>> Drinking, A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

>> Living Sober by Alcoholics Anonymous

>> Find more on our Recommended Reading page.

Following up on the December 12, 2023 Online Program

Alcohol use among women is on the rise. Women who drink have a higher risk of certain alcohol-related problems compared to men. It is important that women be aware of health risks.
The pandemic has increased isolation and anxiety, and has created fertile ground for alcohol misuse, aided by the social norms that deceive us into believing it’s okay to drink when we’re stressed.
We had a conversation about:
• why alcohol is innocuous for some women and devastating for others
• how to know when the line has been crossed from moderate to alcoholic drinking
• how to support those we love, seek help when needed, and explore treatment options

Following up on the November 15, 2023 Online Program

Parents are the most important influence in children’s lives. When we have open, honest and informed conversations, we can help our kids to grow into healthy adults.

We had a conversation about underage drinking that supports parents with valuable information, as well as guidance for creating an atmosphere of trust and open communication.

Presented in partnership with the School District of Springfield Township.

Following up on the September 12, 2023 Online Program

Celebrated on social media, an integral part of sporting events, social gatherings and celebrations, and festively displayed at grocery stores, alcohol is our country’s favorite mood-altering substance.

Today, increased isolation and anxiety have created fertile ground for alcohol misuse, aided by the social norms that deceive us into believing it’s okay to drink when we’re stressed or anxious.

We talked with a clinician, a collegiate recovery professional, and a person in recovery from alcohol use disorder about our history with alcohol, why it is innocuous for some and problematic for others, and how to know when the line has been crossed from moderate consumption to alcohol use disorder – for us or for a loved one. We also discussed treatment options and opportunities for lifelong recovery.

Handouts from the Montgomery County
Office of Drug & Alcohol

(Underage Drinking)

Meet Our Presenters

Below are the presenters and panelists who have share their expertise and experience as part of programs related to Alcohol. Their contact information may be found by clicking on the “Learn More…” buttons.

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Jill Adams, SFW Executive Director Lansdale, Paoli, Adolescent Services, & Holistic Services Onward Behavioral Health

Jill Adams, SFW

Executive Director
Lansdale, Paoli, Adolescent Services, & Holistic Services
Onward Behavioral Health

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Claire Ballantyne Person in Recovery from Alcoholism

Claire Ballantyne

Person in Recovery from Alcoholism

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Valerie Cannon, MSW, LSW, ACRPS Division Director Mirmont Treatment Center, Main Line Health

Valerie Cannon, MSW, LSW, ACRPS

Division Director
Mirmont Treatment Center, Main Line Health

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Tom Connell, LPC Therapist & Co-Founder Ethos Treatment, LLC

Tom Connell, LPC

Therapist & Co-Founder
Ethos Treatment, LLC

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Liz Ferris, LSW, CADC Therapist Ethos Treatment, LLC

Louis DeSanto

Person in Recovery

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Liz Ferris, LSW, CADC Therapist Ethos Treatment, LLC

Liz Ferris, LSW, CADC

Therapist
Ethos Treatment, LLC

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her) Founder and Senior Prevention Consultant Prevention Education Solutions

Katie Greeley, LCSW (she/her)

Founder and Senior Prevention Consultant
Prevention Education Solutions

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Heather A Person in Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

Heather

A Person in Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Damian Holbrook Person in Recovery from Alcoholism

Damian Holbrook

Person in Recovery from Alcoholism

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Damian Holbrook Person in Recovery from Alcoholism

Liv Houser, MA

Outpatient Clinician, Ethos Treatment, LLC

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Barbara Kachur, LCSW, LCADC Senior Substance Abuse Counselor Rutgers University

Barbara Kachur, LCSW, LCADC

Senior Substance Abuse Counselor
Rutgers University

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Karen Levin Moser, LCSW, PAT Private Practice Clinician

Karen Levin Moser, LCSW, PAT

Private Practice Clinician

 be a part of the conversation presenters and panelists of programs related to alcohol Garth Reid Person in Recovery Co-Founder, Ethos Treatment, LLC

Garth Reid

Person in Recovery
Co-Founder, Ethos Treatment, LLC

Be a Part of the Conversation equips families and communities in Pennsylvania with skills and resources to understand substance use, addiction, and related health issues. We provide community programs, foster supportive connections, highlight lived experiences, and challenge stigma.

To that end, we will strive to provide as much supportive information as possible regarding all mood-altering substances and related research and treatment options.

Guest panelists and presenters do not provide or administer treatment to individuals on behalf of Be a Part of the Conversation, nor does Be a Part of the Conversation have a service agreement with panelists or presenters. Our programs should never be considered a replacement for professional help.