January 19, 2018

Film, panel discussion to look at alcohol, drug addiction recovery

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Health Center will host a panel discussion and feature film next week that focuses on recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.

The community meeting is from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Student Health Center’s Auditorium. The documentary “Anonymous People,” which focuses on the more than 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction will be featured.

The event is free and is open to the public and the university community.

A panel discussion and community Q-and-A will follow.  Panelists include Dr. Aaron Newcomb of Shawnee Health Service, and representatives from TASC-IL (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities); Centerstone, Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Treatment, and the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). In addition, there will also be Narcan training available for those interested in learning how to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Student Health Services, the Jackson County Health Department and Southern Illinois Healthcare are sponsoring the event. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Beth Morrison, assistant director, Student Health Services, at beth.morrison@siu.edu.