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Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care - Oak Brook, IL

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June 15, 2014

Oak Brook, IL

Post Event Coverage - Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care - Oak Brook, IL

Addiction professionals in the Chicago, Illinois community and beyond came together on July 15, 2014, to discuss building a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC). The event, produced by Addiction Professional, featured four speakers:

  • Phil Scherer CAADC, NCGC - II, MISA-II, CIP, Administrative Director at Unity Point Health Proctor - Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
  • Terry Shapiro, MS, CADC, Executive Director of Lucida, Elements Behavioral Health
  • Christopher Yadron, MDiv, MA, LCPC, CADC, Director of Chicago Recovery Services at Rosecrance
  • Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, CEO at The Canyon at Peace Park

(For full biographies of the panelists click here.)

The event was moderated by Jennifer Turney, Vice President of Custom Content for Addiction Professional. Each panelist shared unique insight on the challenges and opportunities faced by building a ROSC.

The event was made possible through the support of Dominion Diagnostics, Rosecrance, Elements Behavioral Health, Foundations Recovery Network and Safe Harbor Treatment Center. 

Event Highlights:

Phil Scherer of Unity Point Health Proctor discusses how recognizing recovery is the first step towards a successful recovery-oriented system of care. He states that “We have to start talking about recovery for these types of community systems to flourish and be successful. We spend far too much time in our society talking about and looking at addiction, we never get around to talking about recovery.”

Terry Shapiro of Lucida, Elements Behavioral Health, discusses how important it is to involve families in the recovery process early on. He states that “Prevention and education is another important part of a good recovery oriented system of care. I think starting early on in elementary school, and getting prevention programs established at a very young age, and getting parents involved is essential. If you want to get close to your kids, get close to their school.” 

Christopher Yadron of Rosecrance touches upon the fact that communication is KEY in a recovery-oriented system of care. He states that “There are not enough of us [recovering addicts] who are willing to talk about being in long-term recovery, and there aren’t enough family members of those in long-term recovery talking about their loved ones. Instead of continuing the shame and stigma attached and associated with the disease, we need to get out there and be proud –we need to take a stand and celebrate recovery.”

Kathleen Bigsby of the Canyon at Peace Park talks about collaboration and why it’s imperative in long-term recovery success. She states that “We’re now honoring and recognizing that we need to collaborate, but, how do we change policies?  How do we change administration?  It [collaboration] happens at the community level, the local level, and for me personally, it happens within my own program.  I need to be able to work within my community to give people what they need. I need to work with individuals to provide case management and sober living services…that’s our challenge; to really go back home and do it ourselves, then policies and administration will catch up.” 

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