EAPA Lone Star

“Opioid’s … Epidemic?” - A Roundtable Discussion

  • 15 Jun 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Recovery Resource Council 2700 Airport Freeway (Hwy 121) Fort Worth, Texas 76111

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.

Research indicates overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel over the last decade. A recent study found that 71 percent of doctors reported feeling “pressure to prescribe opioid analgesics to avoid administrative and regulatory criticism.”

Opioids are prescribed to treat acute pain. With prolonged use, pain-relieving effects lessen and pain can become worse. In addition, the body can develop dependence. Opioid dependence causes withdrawal symptoms, which makes it difficult to stop taking them.

Symptoms of addiction include uncontrollable cravings and inability to control opioid use. Meanwhile, it poses negative effects on personal relationships, job performance and even finances.

What are key factors contributing to the opioid problem?

Who is most impacted?

Who is to blame for this dangerous embrace of opioids?

What are practitioners doing about it?

What are the solutions?

Join EAPA Lone Star as Greg Long leads the discussion about trending issues surrounding opioids and addiction treatment.

About the Speaker

Greg Long is a LCDC specializing in Interventions and the effects on families. He is the owner of Stepping Stones Interventions. The firm is a DFW based organization working with treatment centers across the country.

Greg was raised in Northeast Texas in a caring and loving family and with some wonderful memories of life in a medium sized town.  He started to notice the affects of alcoholism in his family by his mid-teens. He experienced the dysfunction and denial of alcoholism.  Greg is an ACOA, (Adult Child of an Alcoholic) and has fought with the negative consequences of this disease for most of his life.

With over five years experience as LCDC, and LCDC-CI, specializing in Interventions, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are the affects of this disease on the family. Through years of personal research and soul searching Greg was led to acquire the necessary education to become a counselor.  He has worked interactively with families, CPS, drug court, probation and parole.

Greg is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.  He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual and family member to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.





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