Recovery, Relapse & Resilience Across The Region


Thank you for making our 2019 conference such a success.

Our 6th annual social worker conference is focusing on new approaches to combat the Opioid Crisis. Opioid abuse is insidious. It can quickly and completely destroy individuals and families. 

Our conference will feature a unique blend of healthcare providers, non-profit foundations, law enforcement professionals, education professionals, families and individuals struggling to combat the impact opioids.

Keynote Speakers


Jadlow: On The Rebound

Todd Jadlow tells all about playing for Bob Knight, his professional life filled with drugs, alcohol and years in jail, and his inspiring road to recovery. 


Where Indiana Stands: Opioid Epidemic: Kristina Box. MD, FACOG State Health Commissioner

Dr. Kristina Box was named Indiana State Health Commissioner by Governor Eric J. Holcomb on September 18, 2017. She brings to the role a passion for improving the health of Hoosiers, beginning before birth. Dr. Box has been a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in Indianapolis for 30 years. 


OPIOID EPIDEMIC: IMPACT ON MINORITY COMMUNITIES: Tracy Lewis, Executive Director Community Advocates of Northern Indiana

Attendees will participate in a special luncheon screening of the award-winning documentary “Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Minority Communities” which will be followed by a panel lead discussion.


CBD Oil, The Facts: Custom Dosing

 Jeff Barton R.Ph  will cover how CBD works, the Endocannabinoid system, full spectrum benefits, side effects, Dosing protocols and how it can be used for therapeutic intervention for addictive behaviors  


Treatment Options | Stephanie Shostok

Stephanie serves as the Community Relations Coordinator for Recovery Works Merrillville, a detox, residential and intensive outpatient treatment center for men and women  

Three learning objectives: 

  1. Education on SUD treatment options available locally to Northwest Indiana.
  2. Steps to take to complete a referral to a local treatment center
  3. Learning how to plan aftercare with limited resources.


The Effect of Parental Substance Abuse on Children | Holly Morales, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Valley Oaks Health

Dr. Morales' presentation will provide an overview of  the various ways children respond and are negatively impacted by their parents use and abuse of substances. Children are often the unintended victims suffering from the opioid epidemic. Dr. Morales will bring research-based findings and her own clinical experience and success to this session. 


How It Works: The 12-Step Approach to Recovery

 This emcee led session will be an interactive 'talk show format' driven by impromptu audience questions (verbal & written).  Our panel of  'guest experts' will be individuals utilizing a 12-Step approach to maintain their personal sobriety and recovery. Panel members will share from months, years or decades of personal recovery experience. This session could also be called "Everything You Wanted to Know About Recovery But Didn't Know Who (or how) to Ask."

We hope you will bring your curiosity, questions and open heart to this deeply personal and unique learning experience.


Quick Response Team Nathaniel Metz, Paramedic & Jason Padget, Paramedic


The Quick Response Team (QRT) was created directly out of community need as a way to allow first responders a unique way to treat and address the opioid crisis. QRT has developed a hotline, proprietary software connecting mental health and substance abuse resources for improved referral and treatment results. QRT has responded to 90 patients with 78% of successful encounters engaging in treatment. This session will provide an overview of QRT program structure, operations, referral process and most recent statistics and successes.


School Shooting Video

On July 26th we hosted a conference focusing on school violence. We created a 26 minute video from that event to show at various locations around the region to start the dialogue on how we can protect our children. At the end of the conference we will be having a special screening of the video from 4-430

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Recovery, Relapse & Resilience Across The Region

  • 8:00-8:45 Register, Networking, & Visit Vendors 
  • 8:45-9:00 Welcome, Overview of the Day & Introductions 
  • 9:00-10:00 Todd Jadlow; "On the Rebound" 
  • 10:00-11:00 BREAK OUT SESSIONS  
  • a) What Overcoming My Gambling Addiction & 25 Years of Recovery has Taught Me (Tom Brew) 
  • b) Overview of Recovery Works, Detox Now Partnership (Stephanie Shostak) 
  • c) Holly Morales, Psy.D.; Clinical Psychologist, The Effect of Parental Substance Abuse on Children 
  • d) Quick Response Team - Nathaniel Metz, Paramedic & Jason Padget, Paramedic 
  • 11:00-11:30 Indiana University Northwest BSW Student Poster Presentations & Visit Vendors 
  • 1:00-2:00 CBD Oil, The Facts- Jeff Barton, Custom Dosing 
  • 2:00-3:00 WHERE INDIANA STANDS: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC Kristina Box, MD; State Health Commissioner 
  • 3:00-3:45 How it Works: The 12 Step Approach to Recovery 
  • 3:45-4:00 Collect Evaluations & CEU Distribution 
  • 4:00-4:45 Community Preparedness: School Shooting Video Screening