Join Prevention Action Alliance and Jessica Hulsey, Founder and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum, for the first session of this year's virtual Coalitions Rising conference. Continuing Education credits from the OCDP and CSWMFT boards, and CHES credits are being applied for
Session Title: Strategies for Improving Community Responses to Alcohol Use Disorder
Description: In the United States, over 20 million people suffer from addiction – that’s one in seven people. Nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. know someone who has suffered or is currently suffering from a substance use disorder. And 23 million Americans are in recovery, proving that a person can be treated and recover from this illness. Alcohol use disorder is the most prevalent addiction in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines have only exacerbated the need for innovative approaches to support individuals with substance use disorders. This presentation will focus on the science of addiction, alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder, and how to identify the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder. Strategies to help communities respond to alcohol use disorder, including interventions to support healthier coping mechanisms and tips for having difficult conversations with impacted individuals, will also be discussed.
1. Identify and describe the science, signs, and symptoms of addiction, alcohol misuse, and alcohol use disorder.
2. Compare strategies to help communities respond to alcohol use disorder.
3. Examine and assess the culture surrounding alcohol consumption in the United States.