Jan 29 – Opioid Epidemic & Relapse

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Assessment, Treatment and Relapse Prevention

Workshop Information

Date:  Monday, January 29, 2018 – Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 10:00am-5:00pm

Location: Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD 20724

Cost: $110 early registration through Jan 22, $120 after Jan 22, $97 for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: John J. McClanahan, PhD, CCDC, LCADC

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 Maryland and DC CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Dr. John McClanahan is the Principle Provider at McClanahan and Associates in Annapolis, Maryland. He has been an educator in substance abuse for over forty (40) years and a treatment provider for over thirty (30) years. He has been a provider of education and treatment services for both the public and private sectors. He has been a popular guest on many radio shows for a number of years. His unique presentation style combines motivation, enthusiasm, humor and warmth. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling, is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is the author of several works on addiction. He is the presenter in the video—“ Relapse – The Seven Letter Dirty Word” and fifteen (15) other titles. He has national recognition in the field of addiction and it’s treatment. In addition to his private practice and various other projects, he is a visiting guest lecturer at Father Martin’s Ashley and several other internationally recognized treatment facilities.


Workshop Description

In light of today’s current climate and the opioid epidemic, we as clinicians must do everything possible to help our clients and patients address and resolve the issues that surround them and help them to focus on relapse prevention. During this presentation we will look at a brief history of the epidemic and its impact on the region, drugs in the opioid class and their availability, tools to assess and diagnose addiction and treatment options.

“Slip, road test, further research, and many other terms have been used for years to describe relapse. Those of us in the treatment field and those of us in recovery, use these terms sometimes jokingly, but all too many times, seriously. Over the past several decades we have come to understand, no matter how funny or sarcastic these terms may be, their use can be more harmful than helpful.

We have also come to understand that relapse is “ not an event- but a process. It is a subconscious set-up.  It is a sabotage of one’s efforts to maintain and sustain their sobriety.  But, it is one that the individual has control over. It does not have to end in disaster if we learn what to look for. “SLIP” denotes an accident. Return to active use is no accident.

We must do everything possible to give our clients and patients a chance at a long and healthy life that they and those around them so richly deserve.

Come join Dr. John as he looks at the stages and the outcomes of this process.


Workshop Objectives

1. Discuss the History of the Opiate Epidemic

2. Address Various Aspects of Opiate Addiction and Its Treatment

3. Describe the Relapse Process

4. Discuss the Three (3) Stages of the Relapse Process

5. Describe the Similarities Between the Grief Process and The Stages of the Recovery Process

6. Identify this Comparison as the Number One Trigger in the Relapse Process

7. Discuss the Current Medications Used in Reduction of Cravings


Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. In addition, most of our workshop are approved or pending approval through the DC Board of Social Work.  These credits are typically also accepted by the Maryland Psychology Board, Maryland Board of Professional Counselors, Maryland Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals (CRCCPA), the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners, the Virginia Board of Social Work and other state boards.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **