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The Emotional and Spiritual Recovery — Jennifer Angier

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A  veteran in the behavioral health field, Jennifer Angier has more than two decades of clinical experience. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear Lodge, a 115-bed integrated treatment residential program of Foundations Recovery Network located in north Georgia. She is a Level II National Certified Addictions Counselor and is Level II certified with the Georgia Addiction Counseling Association. A nationally recognized expert on addiction treatment techniques, she regularly speaks at national conferences, to paraprofessionals groups and in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), healthcare and collegiate programs.

During her career in addiction treatment, Jennifer has worked in administration, case management, crisis response and in private practice. Before accepting her current position, Jennifer served as executive director of Foundations Roswell’s Outpatient Program and program director of Talbott Recovery's Assessment Stabilization Unit.  She has also worked as a clinical outreach coordinator for a young adult program.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, as well as, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University, again graduating with honors.

Jennifer’s Talk -  Often, young adults and their families experience a broad range of difficulties in their efforts to treat their disease, even as they have reconciled to the idea of choice and have a desire to build a sustained recovery. 

As a result of this presentation, participants will come to view recovery as not merely a sterile interaction to elicit change, but as an emotional and spiritual experience that will empower the young adult and their families to dedicate their efforts to connect with their truth. This spiritual pathway leads the patients from their obstacles and struggles to solutions and a place of hope.

Another objective of this workshop will enable participants to understand the dynamics of early recovery and treatment.  Treating chemically dependent young adults can, at best, be described as challenging.  Even the most seasoned clinicians find themselves up against many obstacles with this population.  Unresolved biases toward the young adults can interfere with intervention at the most critical stage of their addiction. Biases include the ideas that "this behavior is normal at this age”, “they are spoiled and undisciplined”, that “treatment will be a luxury" and a common belief that the progression of the disease is “their choice”.  In this workshop, families will be challenged to look at ways that they may unwittingly participate in the enabling system that can keep a young adult in the throes of addiction.  Treating the young adult now rather than waiting is a hurdle families have to face at every turn. Ways to challenge "stories" that can interfere with getting the young adult into treatment will be discussed.