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Let’s Not Forget About ALCOHOL | Friday, June 4, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC


As a nation we rightfully focus our attention on opioid dependence while alcohol use accounts for more deaths than opioids. In addition, the majority of individuals who die of opioid overdose deaths have alcohol in their system at time of death. Mixing alcohol with other drugs like Xanax, Valium, sleeping pills etc. and the formula is the synergistic effect, 1 + 1 = 3. In other words, mixing alcohol with any drug, can be a deadly combination. Of all the drugs used by teens, alcohol still has the greatest consequences.

This presentation focuses on the treatment of alcohol use disorder. Emphasis will be placed upon: reasons some cultural groups have greater alcohol use than other cultural groups; strategies for breaking intergenerational patterns of alcohol use disorders; the link between trauma and heavy alcohol use; interventions to decrease alcohol use disorders among entire communities; alcohol use during COVID 19 to medicate an increase in depression and anxiety and intervention strategies.

Learning Objectives–Participants will be able to:

  • Help clients understand the risks of mixing other drugs with alcohol.
  • Effectively address alcohol use disorder.
  • Articulate the link between trauma and heavy alcohol use.
  • Articulate reasons some cultural groups have higher rates of alcohol use disorders than others.
  • Help break intergenerational patterns of alcohol use disorder.Help clients develop strategies to deal with anxiety and depression without alcohol.

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and British Islands.

Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.

Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30 year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.