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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Road to Recovery Update
keeps you informed about activities leading up to National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month)
in September. Feel free to forward this information to friends and colleagues
, include it in newsletters or listservs, or link to it
from your Web site.
Recovery Month Events
There is still plenty of time to promote your event on the Recovery Month
Web site. Click here
to post your event today!
Wednesday, August 1: "Improving the Bottom Line: Supporting Treatment Profits Employers and Employees."
Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol does not just stay in the home; it often spreads into the workplace, causing decreased performance and lower profitability. Moreover, because an addicted individual is often quite adept at hiding his or her addiction, employers and even coworkers may not be able to recognize what is causing the individual's decreased productivity at the office. Addiction issues do not just cause problems for the individual's work environment, but his or her family members may be having problems at their workplaces as well. This program will examine issues related to addiction in the workforce such as: how to identify where a problem exists, when to intervene and how, and what can be done. It also will demonstrate how employee assistance programs are beneficial to the addicted individual, their family members, and the company.
Join Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a panel of experts to find out how families can be involved in the treatment of an individual with addiction. This show will examine issues related to addiction in the workforce such as: how to identify where a problem exists, when to intervene and how, and what can be done. It also will demonstrate how employee assistance programs are beneficial to the addicted individual, their family members, and the company.
Ask the Expert
Get answers to your questions about the topics covered in the latest Road to Recovery
Webcast, "Improving the Bottom Line: Supporting Treatment Profits Employers and Employees."
Submit your questions using our anonymous online form, and answers from our expert will be posted in early September.
Visit Ask the Expert
before August 17 to submit questions for this month's expert: Rebecca Adkins R.N., Occupational Health Manager, Rio Tinto Minerals Americas. REBECCA ADKINS, R.N.
Rebecca has been a registered nurse for many years and is currently the Occupational Health Manager for Rio Tinto Minerals Americas, a mining industry. The business units are open pit mine and mill operations as well as corporate offices located in California, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Texas, Canada, Mexico City, and Argentina, with a total population of around 1,400 employees. Rebecca's job requires the design of new programs and oversight of existing programs that meet State, Federal, and Corporate Standards for Occupational Health. Her current role is to provide direction, guidance, and oversight responsibilities to programs that include emergency medical response, drug and alcohol prevention, and testing. With the business units distributed over such a large area, Rebecca has developed a travel medical team concept that utilizes a base medical team of nurses, medical assistants, paramedics, and physicians to provide the medical surveillance to remote company sites in order to ensure that high-quality occupational medical care is provided for all employees. Rebecca has worked in many nursing and health care fields with the majority of her experience in mental health and substance abuse. Before working at Borax, Rebecca worked as Program Administrator for Aftercare Recovery Centers, Interim Director of Mental Health Services for Palmdale Community Hospital, and Administrative Supervisor for Lancaster Community Hospital.
For more information about Rebecca Adkins, R.N., visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov/2007/multimedia/bio.aspx?ExpertID=6
Recovery Month Is Almost Here!
September is quickly approaching, but it's never too late to promote Recovery Month
in your local community. Choose from the four available PowerPoint presentations
to help generate community awareness, support, and involvement as well as to educate others that recovery is possible. These presentations, as well as the other available publications
, are great resources to help endorse your upcoming Recovery Month
About Recovery Month
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
, celebrating 18 years of observance in 2007, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). For more information about Recovery Month
, visit www.recoverymonth.gov