Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Charlotte, NC-  Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11am – 1pm (ET)
Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Treatment professionals are in a position to influence everyday citizens and policy makers alike, but finding the right avenues can be a challenge. At the same time, treatment professionals can struggle with staying up-to-date on the latest developments in America’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
To address these needs, Addiction Professional magazine has organized a lunch’n’learn in Baltimore to discuss how treatment professionals can better work together and become effective change agents for educating the public as well as helping to bring about a comprehensive prevention and broad-based treatment strategy.
Upon attending this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand recent developments in the opioid crisis and its impact on the local community
  • Prepare discussion points to share with the community
  • Explore ways treatment professionals of all types can better work together to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care
One hour of continuing education credit will be available. 
Thought Leadership Partner


Ward Blanchard, LCAS, CSI, MA

Nearly ten years ago, Ward Blanchard found his life’s passion: working in the field of mental health and addiction. Growing up in a small coastal town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ward’s desire to help others was cultivated through the small-town values of service, hard work and volunteering.
Ward’s professional career began in business as he represented the third generation to work at Kellogg Supply Company, a building supply and lumber chain founded by his grandfather. Working in an established family company provided Ward with the opportunity to understand the value of relationships, communication and integrity. Although Ward thoroughly enjoyed working in business and with his family’s company, the field of psychology and the "helping profession" were careers always close to his heart.
Coachella Valley in Southern California provided Ward an environment where he could continue furthering his education while working alongside some of the world’s most well-known addiction and mental health treatment centers, such as The Betty Ford Center, Michael’s House Treatment Center and Foundations Recovery Network. Ward moved to Palm Desert, California and went back to school in 2008 to receive his master's degree in psychology, marriage and family therapy. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credentials through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II), which required a minimum of 8,000 hours of supervised counseling experience. Ward is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and has worked in all facets of addiction treatment: interventions, admissions, business development, therapy, continuing care and operations.
Robert E. Martin
Consultant and Interventionist, Robert E. Martin and Associates
Interventions for families or business groups with loved ones or associates who require substance use disorder treatment and are resistant to enter treatment and begin a lifestyle change.
Sober coaching for executives whose addiction is causing their career to stumble or who are stuck in their recovery.
Drug diversion surveys for hospitals and medical practices.
After treating numerous medical professionals for addiction it became obvious how many hospitals did little to effectively prevent drug diversion. I founded a program that offered physical surveys, staff interviews, procedure and policy review to improve the hospital and medical practice response to the drug diversion problem. Compassionately providing sober coaching for individuals struggling with their recovery.
• Successfully founded a business that provides drug diversion surveys to hospitals and medical practices.
• Successfully facilitated substance abuse interventions resulting in admission to treatment programs many resistant patients.
• Recognized expert in the detection and prevention of hospital and medical practice drug diversion.
• Planned and facilitated professional trainings often presenting as the lead expert.
• Instructed actor Damien Lewis and the writers and production team of on how to portrait heroin addiction.
• Collaborated with media representatives to present substance abuse and addictions topics.
Theresa Graham, LPC 
Service Director, Sunrise Detox, Alpharetta
Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Theresa earned her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Psychology with a minor in human development and family studies. After completing her bachelors, she returned home to complete her Master’s Degree at Nova Southeastern University. During her internship, she started working in a residential facility for substance abuse and after graduating she began working as a primary therapist in the same facility. After a couple of years, she decided to move to Atlanta Georgia. Theresa continued to work with substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders in a hospital setting which eventually brought her to become a part of Sunrise Detox. 
Theresa has a strong passion for working with the population of substance abuse with co-occurring disorders. She specializes in substance abuse, codependency, depression, anxiety, and EMDR. She is a leader in motivational interviewing and crisis intervention and uses it to successfully detox over 1300 patients a year. She is an expert in starting the process of communication and healing between families and their loved ones. She believes that every person should be treated as a human being with the opportunity for growth and that every person can change into the person they want to be at any time in their life. Theresa’s goal is to help build a bridge for everyone to continue to get healthy once they go onto the next level of care from detox.

Maggiano's Little Italy
4400 Sharon Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211

*There is a $25 registration fee, but all attendees will receive a $25 American Express gift card at the conclusion of the event.
Registration is required to attend; seating is limited.