Upcoming Events

Visit often for upcoming events in Worcester, Massachusetts related to substance use and addiction

 

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Panel Discussion: “Warning: This Drug May Kill You”

Thursday, November 16, 5:40 p.m.

LIVE STREAM: http://www.brandeis.edu/streaming/

About the Panel

To mark the launch of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC)at Brandeis University, NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden will moderate a panel discussion about the opioid crisis following a screening of the HBO documentary, “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” at Wasserman Cinematheque on the Brandeis campus.

Panelists include:

  • Perri Peltz – Director of “Warning: This Drug May Kill You”
  • Dr. Andrew Kolodny – Medical consultant for the film and Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative
  • MaryLou Sudders – Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan – President and CEO of the Dimock Center

Sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center, and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.

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WHEN: November 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pmAmerica/New York Timezone
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA 01608
COST: Free
CONTACT: Susan Spieler at (508) 521 2807 or via Email

Kelly Petravicz, M.Ed., CEIS, South Bay Community Services, Early Childhood, Lowell
Melissa Dickeison, M.Ed., LMHC, South Bay Community Services, Early Childhood, Lowell

Applications have been made for 6.0 continuing education credits for social workers, LMFTs, LADCs and LMHCs only. Please note that individuals seeking NASW or CADAC CEUs are required by their licensing boards to attend the full length of the program.

Pre-Registration opens 8 weeks prior to training. Registration is required to attend. Contact Susan Spieler: (508) 521 2807 or

sspieler@www.southbaycommunityservices.com

Hours for all trainings:

Registration: 8:30 am -9:00 am
Training: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (on your own)

 

Labor Day Weekend 2017

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Fore more information: http://www.soberinthesun.org

Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:00 pm – District Attorney Joe Early and the Central Mass Opioid Task Force are hosting Sam Quinones, the award winning author of Dreamland, on in the auditorium at Worcester Technical High School, located at 1 Skyline Drive.

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Thursday, April 6, 2016, 1:00 PM – Monthly Addiction and Recovery Drop In Hours at CAC Worcester’s Union Street Office featuring Special Guests discussing Families and Addiction: For the upcoming April Drop-in Hours, on Thursday, April 6, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, we will be hosting an informative discussion on families dealing with addictions entitled, “A Family Disease.” There will be uplifting testimonials and we will be welcoming speakers who have struggled with addiction themselves or with addiction in their own families. As with all of our sessions, we will be featuring a short educational component about families and addiction as well.
For more information please contact: 508 756 2005. All are welcome.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1:00 PM – Monthly Addiction and Recovery Drop In Hours at CAC Worcester’s Union Street Office featuring Special Guests from Aids Project Worcester Free recurring program will give community members an opportunity to ask questions about addiction and recovery generally, as well as about the resources available in Worcester for those seeking recovery. The program is aimed at anyone interested in learning more, whether the person is considering treatment for themselves or a loved one or simply wants to have a better understanding of how addiction affects all of our lives. CAC Addiction and Recovery Drop In Hours will be on the first Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM. RSVP or Questions: dropin@cacworcester.org

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:00 pm City Hall Levy Lincoln room (on the third floor) Screening of Beyond the Wall. Behind the Wall “follows the lives and stories of a small community of men released from prison and attempting to rebuild their lives with little support from our criminal justice system. Through this compelling and personal account, the film vividly shows their struggles to survive beyond the walls of prison. Their stories radiate around
one central figure, a former prisoner named Louie Diaz.” The screening will be followed by a discussion afterwards and Louie Diaz and a panel will speak after the showing hosed by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the City of Worcester.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:00-2:00 PM 51 Union Street, Suite G02, Worcester, MA 01608 – Monthly Addiction and Recovery Drop in HoursThe Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester, LLC is pleased to announce a new offering that will expand our commitment to promoting community understanding around addiction. As an offshoot of http://www.substancefreeworcester.org, we will be hosting monthly Addiction and Recovery Drop In Hours at our Union Street Office. This free recurring program will give community members an opportunity to ask questions about addiction and recovery generally, as well as about the resources available in Worcester for those seeking recovery. The program is aimed at anyone interested in learning more, whether the person is considering treatment for themselves or a loved one or simply wants to have a better understanding of how addiction affects all of our lives. We hope to host guests who are active in the addiction/recovery community in Worcester and will post that information on our site www.substancefreeworcester.org as the program develops. CAC Addiction and Recovery Drop In Hours will be on the first Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM. RSVP or Questions: dropin@cacworcester.org     

 

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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 6-8PM: Worcester Town Hall on the Impact of Substance Use on Families at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St. “Looking to discuss the impact of substance use on families, and provide support for grandparents and other kinship caregivers raising children, Attorney General Maura Healey joined forces with the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren to hold eight town halls throughout the state this fall, including one in Worcester…During these town halls, the Commission and the AG’s Office will hear from grandparents and other caregivers about how substance use has impacted their lives and the children they are raising, and learn about the issues that are important to them. The AG’s Office and the Commission will also provide resources for treatment and family support services, and share information about the work the offices are doing to combat the opioid epidemic.”

 

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Past Events

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September 3-5, 2016: Sober in the Sun Festival. From the Sober in the Sun website: “Sober In The Sun is a great weekend of camping and music, produced by Sand Stew Incorporated, a non profit 501c charity. Sand Stew Inc and Sober in The Sun are not affiliated with N.A., A.A. or any other 12 step program. We open our gates to all. Our only requirement for attendance is that you share in a Sober and Drug free weekend. If you are like many of our attendees you will find, campfire meetings, and recovery based networks operating throughout the festival weekend. No matter what your looking for, we guarantee you’ll find it at Sober in the Sun.” Visit: http://www.soberfestival.org of more information.

August 31, 2016: International Overdose Awareness Day: International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held onAugust 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Learn more: http://prescribetoprevent.org/      http://www.overdoseday.com/

August 31, 2016: Overdose Survivor Speaker Panel: UMass Memorial Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave, Worcester Albert Sherman Hall Auditorium 1-3:00 PM: Informational Tables from Learn to Cope, AIDS Project Worcester and UMass Recovery Coach Initiative
Free and Open to the Public

 

Past Events:

May 27-30, 2016: Half Moon Sober Festival (New Hampshire):  A non profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization which supports a family oriented recovery and self help weekend which is held on Memorial Day weekend. We supply an alcohol and drug free stable environment that includes multi-cultural live music, recovery, workshops, sports and recreation activities, fellowship, teen and children’s activities with a crew of approximately 200 volunteers and unpaid staff. Visit http://www.halfmoonsober.org/ for more information.

 

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June 6-9th, 2016:  The 47th Annual New England School of Addiction Studies and the 16th Annual School of Prevention Studies Summer School Program at Worcester State University – Worcester, MA:  The four-day program is a combination of major presentations and courses. Courses provide intensive, skill-based training in research-based programming for all students. The School’s target audience includes persons from all disciplines who are concerned with alcohol, tobacco and other drug related issues, persons new to the field, and persons in behavioral health and allied human services whose activities require a general knowledge of substance abuse. Visit https://neias.site-ym.com for more information.

June 15, 2016: Shatter the Stigma: The Assist Educate Defeat Foundation (AED) and LUK are planning an event June 15, Shatter the Stigma, at Leominster High School. Information is available at www.LUK.org.

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