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Still Spots Open in December 1st Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Conference

 On Friday, December 1, Western Maine Health and the Substance Abuse Services Committee at Stephens Memorial Hospital will host a day long conference, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: Disease, Treatment & Recovery Update #6.   There is still time to register for this annual conference in an effort to reach many different members of the community with valuable information regarding substance abuse.  

The educational session always attracts people from many different walks of life all with different reasons for being interested in the conference.  Ken Morse from Healthy Oxford Hills reflects that, "The diversity of types of people, a real cross-section ranging from folks in recovery to service providers to public officials and law enforcement makes this a very robust discussion."

This is the 6th year that the conference will present information to the Oxford Hills area on alcoholism and drug addiction.  The focus this year will be a key note address on the threat of opiates in the rural areas of the state such as Oxford Hills.  Heroin and the prescription drugs that are being abused are readily obtainable on the internet.  Dr. Anthony Kozma of Mercy Recovery Services in Westbrook will address the crowd on the expansion of opiates into the area.

Other speakers will focus on Substance Abuse in Oxford Hills, dealing with a family member or friends drug use or drinking, and new information from the Healthy Oxford Hills Substance Abuse Strategic Planning effort will be presented by Sarah Shepley.   Presentations by local substance abuse counselors will round out the day; there will also be anonymous presentations about recovery and the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al Anon, and Narcotics Anonymous.  Of last year's presentation, an anonymous attendee stated, "Information regarding addictions is presented by professionals who are obviously dedicated and experts in their field.  Their message provides a sense of hope to individuals and their loved ones who are deeply affected by this treatable disease."

The conference will be held in the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Building at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and will run from 8:30a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The cost of the conference is $10 per person and lunch will be provided.  Pre-registration is required and forms are located at Community Concepts and in the lobby at Stephens Memorial Hospital. Scholarships are available.  Mail completed registration forms before November 27th to: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Conference, c/o Common Ground Counseling, 235 Main Street, Norway, ME 04268.  Please make checks payable to Stephens Memorial Hospital. For more information, call Jennifer Raudonis at 739-2644 or e-mail 

The Substance Abuse Conference is co-sponsored by: Community Concepts, Inc., Common Ground Counseling, Crooked River Counseling, Gateway Recovery Services,  Healthy Oxford Hills,  H.O.P.E.,  Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Mercy Recovery Services, Oxford County Mental Health Services,  St. Mary's Adolescent IOP, Stephens Memorial Hospital - Substance Abuse Services Committee, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and Western Maine Health in conjunction with national Alcohol Awareness Week November 26  - December 2, 2006. 

Stephens Memorial Hospital is part of Western Maine Health, a member of the MaineHealth family.

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