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Triple Peaks Recovery is proudly in attendance at the "A Way Out" lectures this week!

Lecture on Thursday:

In the nearly two years Elizabeth Means has been the executive director of A Way Out, she's seen too many kids in the Roaring Fork Valley die from overdoses and depression."Too often kids don't know how or where to reach out for help," Means said. "There's a feeling that having an addiction or being depressed makes them a bad person. I'm trying to break that stigma so people feel they can reach out for help." In January 2013, Means and four therapists started A Way Out, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting adolescents, youth, adults and families in drug and alcohol crisis.

On Thursday, A Way Out is putting on the second lecture in a series called "Issues of Substance," where substance abuse and mental health are looked at with direction provided to thrive during recovery.

The theme of the lecture is "Through a Child's Eyes," and the event offers help for young people in families and communities dealing with addiction. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome Ballroom.


Lecture on Friday:

Living with or knowing someone who is actively abusing substances is difficult for everyone involved ~ especially family members. All do their best to deal with the chaos that results from addictive behavior while attempting to take appropriate action to assist the addicted loved one to receive the help so desperately needed. It is becoming increasingly clear that much of one's life dealing with addiction is experienced as trauma and that post-traumatic coping can interfere with the family's or individual's healing.

Dr. Michael Barnes, the Clinical Manager for CeDar at the University of Colorado Hospital, will present a lecture that can assist family members and loved ones better understand their reactions to addiction and its traumatic stress response. This 60-minute lecture will discuss how addiction and trauma influence individual and family functioning and methods for enhancing healing.

This lecture is especially useful for teachers, parents, clergy, mental health clinicians, business owners, hospital staff and those who deal with children.