APC Recovery Cafe

Addiction Prevention Coalition

Welcome to APC Recovery Cafe, where we discuss topics and trends around substance use, provide resources and education, offer recovery support, and discuss prevention tactics all through the lens of the stories of people who have been there.

Substance use disorder touches all of our lives and often we feel frustrated or hopeless in our pursuit to understand why and how it happens.We invite you to grab your favorite coffee or tea and join us for a variety of guests that will bring understanding, information, connection and HOPE.

Together we can break the stigma and pave a brighter future for each other.

APC Recovery Cafe is also available to watch on YouTube.

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Episodes

Compact: A Conversation with Adam Schniper and Janae Pinson
Mar 28 2024
Compact: A Conversation with Adam Schniper and Janae Pinson
Join us as Adam Schniper and Janae Pinson from Compact tell us about Compact's substance use prevention initiatives in Shelby County, Alabama, and how Compact has become a trusted, vital community resource. In 2016, Compact was established by the Shelby County District Attorney with the goal of reducing the rate of substance use in Shelby County. Since its inception, Compact has served as a resource for families, schools, and students. Today, Compact primarily focuses on supporting juveniles that are at a high risk for substance use or may already be using substances. Compact provides family intervention, community education, and connection to resources. Compact works to serve as an ally for individuals and families, and to empower and guide them in the right direction to be healthy and successful.Janae Pinson serves as the Community Resource Coordinator. She is a former educator, who is passionate about identifying the needs of the community and educating the community to prevent substance use. Adam Schniper has been with Compact since it was established, and he works to implement prevention initiatives within the City of Pelham and Pelham City Schools. Adam is passionate about preventing the onset of substance use in adolescents, and supporting individuals and families to seek support and recovery.To learn more or to contact Compact visit https://www.compact2020.com/ Janae Pinson: jpinson@shelbyda.comAdam Schniper: aschniper@shelbyda.com#addiction #prevention #substanceabuse
The Cost of Addiction: A Conversation with Dr. John Dantzler
Jan 18 2024
The Cost of Addiction: A Conversation with Dr. John Dantzler
Join us as Dr. John Dantzler discusses how he started his career in educational research and program evaluation, but found his way into the field of substance use. Dr. Dantzler discusses the importance of affordable and effective substance use treatment options for everyone. Dr. John Dantzler is a professor within UAB’s Department of Psychiatry, the Vice Chair of Substance Abuse Programs at UAB, and the Executive Director of UAB Beacon Recovery and UAB’s Community Justice programs. In addition to his many other roles, Dr. Dantzler serves on APC’s Executive Board.  Thanks to his multiple decades of work in the substance use field, Dr. Dantzler has a unique view of how treatment has changed over the years. One of the changes that has occurred is how people view substance use, and how they have started supporting the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. While stigma still exists, the shift to viewing addiction as a disease has been pivotal to helping those with substance use disorders obtain treatment services. While stigma has started to decrease in recent years, barriers to treatment still exist.  One of the main barriers is funding. UAB Beacon is a successful treatment program that works to eliminate that barrier. UAB Beacon Recovery is an accessible treatment option for those in Central Alabama. UAB Beacon Recovery operates on a sliding scale, which bases the cost of treatment based on the client’s income. UAB Beacon Recovery also operates a clinic, known as their Bridge Clinic, which allows patients to see a physician, case manager, and receive an ASAM assessment. The clinic was established to bridge the gaps for those seeking treatment, and reduce the difficulty of navigating the healthcare system to obtain treatment services. Link to UAB Beacon: https://www.uabmedicine.org/specialties/beacon-recovery-program/ Link to UAB’s Community Justice programs: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/substanceabuse/about
Team T.J.: A Conversation with Taylin McCarver
Nov 30 2023
Team T.J.: A Conversation with Taylin McCarver
Join us as Taylin McCarver discusses what it was like to lose a sibling to a substance use disorder, and how Taylin and her family have used that experience to advocate for people with substance use disorders. In this episode, Taylin discusses the years leading up to her brother’s death due to substance use. Taylin discusses what it was like observe her brother throughout his battle with a substance use disorder, which started in his teenage years, and how his substance use disorder impacted their entire family. She tells us about the strain that her brother’s substance use put on their family, and how they had to make changes to how they supported him. Taylin’s and her family are passionate advocates for recovery and supporting people with substance use disorders. For several years, they have supported APC through the End Addiction Bham (EAB) walk, formerly End Heroin Bham. Taylin and her family formed Team T.J., which is a group comprised of friends and family that participate in End Addiction Bham to remember T.J. Each year, Team T.J. sells t-shirts, and they donate the proceeds to APC to support substance use prevention initiatives in Central Alabama.  In addition to being a powerful voice for Team T.J., Taylin is an Academic Advisor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Taylin discusses the importance of supporting her students as a whole and not just academically. https://www.wbrc.com/news/fentanyl/
The Power of Community: A Conversation with Jared Murray
Nov 16 2023
The Power of Community: A Conversation with Jared Murray
Join us as Jared Murray, a person in long-term recovery and an Admissions Specialist for Momentum Recovery, tells us his story about using substances as a young adult and his pathway to recovery. Jared Murray discusses how he first experimented with alcohol and marijuana before starting the 8th grade. While in high school, he eventually started using opioids, benzodiazepines, and cocaine. Despite several negative consequences of his substance use, Jared continued to use substances through college until he eventually went to treatment. After facing legal and academic consequences, Jared re-enrolled at The University of Alabama, and he went on to graduate from UA and help establish UA’s Collegiate Recovery Community. Jared tells us about the role that being connected to others has played in his ability to be successful in his recovery.  In addition to discussing his experience with substance use and recovery, Jared tells us about the role of his parents and how they were impacted by his substance use.  Today, Jared is a few months shy of being 13 years sober and works as an admissions specialist for Momentum Recovery, an addiction treatment program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. Momentum Recovery is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and is split into two programs, The Creek (men’s program) and The Cove (women’s program) and incorporates Adventure Based Therapy, which is highly effective with young adults.  Jared can be contacted at 205-600-4312 and jared@momentumrecovery.com. https://www.momentumrecovery.com/https://cris.sa.ua.edu/
Do Something Different: A Conversation with Roger Patteson
Nov 2 2023
Do Something Different: A Conversation with Roger Patteson
Join us as Roger Patteson, an Interventionist with Clear Path Interventions, and a person in long term recovery, shares his story with us. Roger also discusses what it is like to work with and support families with a loved one with a substance use disorder. Roger discusses how a lack of stability impacted his early childhood development, world view, and how he handled challenges. Roger started drinking alcohol at age 13, and by age 15, he was concerned about the way he was drinking excessively. Today, he has been sober for 22 years, and he is working to empower families to address their family member’s substance use and family dysfunction. Roger discusses spending hours with families, who have lost their ability to function, and working to improve the whole family’s quality of life. Roger talks about the importance of reframing an intervention as an opportunity to be better instead of a punishment and reminding the loved one that they “have got off track,” but can get back on track.  Clear Path Interventions works with families to assess what is needed to assist families and a loved with a substance use disorder. Clear Path Interventions also provides coaching for families to support their loved one throughout treatment and recovery.  They also teach people how to be a sober companion to their loved one. Clear Path Interventions encourages families to not give up on their loved one. “If they’re breathing, there is still hope.”