Rosecrance to cohost workshop on Substance Use, Addiction, and Medication

Rosecrance will cohost a one day workshop with several treatment organizations, including the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services and Unity Point, on June 1 from 9 – 12 pm at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (729 21st St, Bettendorf, IA) in the Bettendorf Clinton/Jackson Room.

The training will function as a follow up to the first town hall meeting that took place in April. With the current opioid crisis, it is even more critical that physicians and other prescribers understand addiction and how to engage with patients and intervene. Family physician, Nicole Gastala, will present at the training. She is affiliated with Primary Health Care, Inc., a federally qualified health center, which provides a full spectrum family medicine outpatient care.

Free and open to the public, this training will cover the biopsychosocial aspects about substance use, Opioid Use Disorder and addiction and how to assess and intervene. The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addiction, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions will help participants understand how levels of addiction treatment are determined; information to consider as prescribers who are determining opioid prescriptions, and the resources of treatment.

“At Rosecrance, we witness the severe effects of prescription drugs and opioids on clients firsthand,” says Rosecrance Regional Manager Austin Gross. “Addiction doesn’t discriminate and it is important that we call attention to the many faces it wears.”

Gross adds, “But, this cannot be merely a conversation anymore. We must take steps towards change before this epidemic has the opportunity to turn into a pandemic.”

This training is supported by the Iowa Opioid State Targeted Response grant, through the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Rosecrance, along with several other treatment providers, will have booths available for information and education about treatment opportunities and prevention. For more information or to register online, please visit: http://www.rosecrance.org/events/.