National Recovery Month - Journey Healing Centers Hosts Free Drug Awareness Seminars in Sept

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To support the 2011 National Recovery Month this September and the approximately 27 million Americans who either use illicit drugs regularly or are "heavy drinkers" (SAMHSA), Journey Healing Centers (http://journeyrecoverycenters.com) announces free educational seminars on marijuana, meth and prescription drugs at their drug and alcohol treatment centers in Arizona and Utah. These drug awareness sessions will be facilitated by Journey Healing Centers’ professional team, who are focused on individual and family therapy.

With 1 out of 8 Americans having a significant problem with alcohol or drugs, and 40 percent having a "dual diagnosis" or concurrent mental/nervous disorder (SAMSHA), Journey Healing Centers licensed doctors and therapists will offer free Drug Awareness Seminars during National Recovery Month in September 2011 for anyone impacted by addiction or for those just wanting to learn more. Recovery Month is a national effort to share the benefits of treatment for substance abuse and mental illness, celebrate people in recovery, promote the message that recovery is possible, and gives thanks to the treatment providers. These free seminars will focus on the top 3 drug abuse problems in the US: marijuana, meth and prescription drugs.

Based on a recent study that motivational conversations with teens cut marijuana use by 20% (Psychology of Addictive Behaviors), Journey Healing Centers will be inviting teens and parents to marijuana seminars for open discussions. Jaime Vinck, Journey Healing Centers Clinical Director, shared in a recent TV interview, “80% of the clients that I see began with marijuana. They will tell you that and own it that it was the gateway drug.” The goal of Journey Healing Centers free marijuana sessions is to reach teens that are contemplating use, as well as those who have begun to use marijuana or who have surrounded themselves with friends using. The motivational concept will address areas in the teens’ lives that can improve overall satisfaction. In addition, a few 18-25 year old guest speakers will discuss ways marijuana impacted their potential. Journey Healing Centers will also invite parents who have concerns to talk about how to be supportive and open rather than confrontational and accusatory.

In addition to marijuana education, meth and prescription drug abuse awareness sessions will be held during National Recovery Month. Meth is making a comeback, and is now in primetime with HBO’s show Breaking Bad. While most meth is imported by drug cartels in Mexico, meth was the third most popular drug in Utah last year, after alcohol and marijuana. According to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, 15.6 percent of the state's treatment clients report meth as the primary drug abused. Meth offers an intense high that is very addictive, and education is essential to preventing abuse.

And because prescription drugs is the fastest-growing segment for illegal drug use in the United States, Journey Healing Centers will also offer seminars with prevention tips that can help reduce this epidemic. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, more people abuse prescription drugs than the number of people who use cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin combined. To address this prescription drug abuse, marijuana addiction awareness, and meth, Journey Healing Centers will host these free events in September.

Scottsdale, Arizona office
Tues, Sept 6, 2011, 6-8pm
Methamphetamines – A Personal Story
Tues, Sept 13, 2011, 6-8pm
Marijuana Addiction Motivational Awareness Seminar tailored towards teens and parents
Tues, Sept 20, 2011, 6-8pm
Marijuana: How Motivation Can Assist Teens in Cutting Back or Stopping.
Tues, Sept 27, 2011, 6–8pm
Prescription Drug Abuse: Is it an epidemic? An Addiction Physicians Perspective
For more information and location address, please call 1-866-774-5119.

Salt Lake City, Utah office
Tues, Sept 6, 2011, 6-8pm
Prescription Drug Abuse: Is it an epidemic? An Addiction Professional’s Perspective
Tues, Sept 13, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
Marijuana Addiction Motivational Awareness Seminar tailored towards teens and parents
Tues, Sept 20, 2011, 6 -8 pm
Marijuana: How Motivation Can Assist Teens in Cutting Back or Stopping
Tues, Sept 27, 2011, 6–8pm
Methamphetamines – A Personal Story
For more information and location address, please call 1-866-774-5119.

Background:
Journey Healing Centers operates drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, Fox 10 Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, AZ Family Phoenix, NPR.org, USAToday.com, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Aftercare, Sobriety for Life Program and a Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists http://journeyrecoverycenters.com

References
Discussing Pot with Teens One-on-One May be More Effective
http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/Teens-and-Marijuana-128358318.html
Recovery Month
http://www.recoverymonth.gov/
SAMHSA Stats
http://www.coachinginternational.com/stats.html

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