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Some Featured Videos

Helping You Pursue Financial Peace of Mind

On December 7, 2023, we heard from Patti Brennan, CFP®, CFS® President & CEO of Key Financial, Inc. Recognized as a leading advisor in PA, Patti Brennan shared her expertise to help families navigate financial decision making through all stages of the recovery process with a loved one, whether struggling to make ends meet, or have significant wealth to protect. Patti comes from a long line of family members who have struggled with addiction, including as a mom of someone in recovery. She gets it!

Patti addressed:
• How to make sure you remain on track with your financial goals. (Hint: Don’t let guilt and shame sabotage your financial future, or that of your family).
• Action steps to use to protect your assets from predators — not only the consequences of drug and alcohol use, but also income and estate taxes, lawsuits, and unmanageable debt.
• Unique considerations for families with members who struggle with substances.
• Five mistakes people make over and over again The spirit of Patti’s approach is that we’re all in this together!

Securities offered through Osaic Wealth, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Key Financial Inc. Osaic Wealth, Inc. is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of Osaic Wealth Inc.

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Kevin McCauley, MD: New Perspectives on Addiction & Recovery

Kevin McCauley, MD

Dr. McCauley’s presentation* on October 12, 2023 addressed current neuroscience and public health research about substance use disorders for people in or seeking recovery, their families, friends and co-workers, and public policy professionals. He discussed two important areas of recent discovery: epigenetics (the study of how behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way genes work) and psychoneuroimmunology (interactions among behavioral, neural and endocrine, and immune processes). Much of this research validates the lived experiences of people with addiction, and this program helped us to understand those experiences.

*We apologize for the poor quality of the audio! 

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>> Click here to visit our web page dedicated to Dr. McCauley.

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Challenging Stigma: Helping friends & families understand addiction.

On January 9, 2024, we talked with Dr. Sean Fogler, MD, EMBA, the Co-Founder and consultant with Elevyst and a physician in long-term recovery, and Katherine, a family member who shared her personal experience.
We had a conversation about:
• why it is that some people become addicted, while others do not
• how to respond when we are concerned about someone’s substance use
• how we can challenge stigma and remove obstacles to seeking treatment and support
• how we find and support recovery as individuals, as families, and as a community

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>> Click here to learn more about addiction on our website.

This program was funded by the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission.

Being LGBTQIA+ & Healing from Substance Use

Why is the LGBTQIA+ community at a greater risk for Substance Use Disorder? Adults defined as “sexual minorities” are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have used any illicit drug. Social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges can lead to stress and treatment barriers that put this population at risk for addiction and other behavioral health challenges. On June 14, 2023 we had a conversation with treatment specialists and those with lived experience to increase our awareness and understanding, and to explore treatment options and learn how we can support recovery. Thank you to our presenters: Jordan Pearce, MA, LAC, NCC (they/them), Liv Houser, MA (she/her) and Matt (he/him).

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>> Click here to visit the LGBTQIA+ page on our website.

This program was self-funded by Be a Part of the Conversation. If you would like to support our organization, please click here to donate: https://conversation.zone/donation/

Navigating the Maze of Substance Use & Mental Health

Our presenters addressed the co-occurrence of mental health challenges and substance use disorders. People addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, with the reverse also true. Both mental health and substance use disorders are treatable. We explored paths to recovery from co-occurring disorders, which can include integrated approaches and ongoing care. 

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>> Click here to visit the Navigating the Maze page on our website.

21st Century Teens

How can we best support kids in a world of instant gratification, overconsumption, excess, escapism, and isolation? Adolescence is a crucial time of transition and growth, so we want to give our kids tools that prepare them for life’s challenges. In order to cope with increasing anxiety, it isn’t surprising that teens are drawn to behaviors that distract or numb uncomfortable feelings, including go-to distractions like social media, gaming, shopping, food, relationships, exercise and increasingly potent and available substances.

This program provided support and useful tools for educators, prevention providers, and behavioral health clinicians who work with adolescents.

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>> Click here to visit our web page about addictions.

This program was funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

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