Education

Save the Michaels commits itself to educating families about every aspect of addiction. Previous class topics have included: Understanding Medicated Assisted Treatment, Relapse Prevention, Maintaining Recovery, Family Communication Skills, Addiction is a Family Disease,  and Families Recover Together. Each class stands independently. A $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away.

Dr. Richard Blondell, MD is a nationally recognized expert on substance abuse. He can speak to the media about the science and treatment of addiction. He can also comment on public policy decisions related to substance abuse and America’s opioid epidemic.

As a physician, Blondell cares for patients as they withdraw and stabilize from drug and/or alcohol addiction. His research interests include investigating clinical management strategies for specific groups of patients with a prescription drug addiction, including pregnant women and people with chronic pain.

Blondell is also focused on developing best practices for training the next generation of doctors on how best to treat and prevent addiction. In 2013, he was named the first director of the National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine established by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). The addiction medicine fellowship he developed in the UB Department of Family Medicine was among the nation’s first 10 postgraduate addiction medicine residencies accredited by ABAMF. As of the end of 2016, there were 42 such fellowships throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Stephanie Campbell, Executive Director FOR-NY  joined FOR-NY as its Director of Policy in 2015 and brings extensive experience in education, policy and journalism to the organization. She holds an MA from Columbia University, an MS in Adolescent Education from The State University of New York at Albany, and an MSW and CASAC-T certification from New York University. Ms. Campbell has worked in the New York State Assembly and Senate and has done legislative advocacy at both the state and national levels. Save the Michaels is proud and honored to have Stephanie on our team of experts.

Dr. Charles W. Morgan, MD, DFASAM, FAAFP, DABM serves as Medical Director of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Morgan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has worked in the field of Addiction Medicine for over three decades. He did his graduate work in Human Genetics at Cornell University, and his residency work in Internal Medicine in Rochester, NY, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following that he completed Fellowships in both Regional and Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania and in Addiction Medicine at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia.

Dr. Morgan has lectured extensively and served on expert panels and committees on local, regional and national levels. He has taught residents, fellows, physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, counselors and other professionals throughout his career from across the country and other parts of the world, and has been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for his teaching.   Dr. Morgan’s expertise includes all levels of care including outpatient treatment, inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification, and extended care, and all modalities of treatment including Medication Supported Recovery as well as Recovery without using medications. Dr. Morgan has published various written materials on addiction and anesthesiology and is a reviewer for the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery. He also currently serves as Medical Director of John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center, in Rochester, New York.

Lori Drescher is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), Family Recovery Coach, Certified Recovery Coach Trainer, and a parent in long term recovery from the effects of loving and living with an adult child who suffers from chronic addiction illness (substance use disorder). Her son is currently in recovery in PA. Lori trains all the recovery coaches at Save the Michaels House of Hope. Lori has coached families since early 2014, speaks publicly regularly, and advocates across NYS and nationally for improved access to prevention, treatment, and community recovery supports. Her mission is to eradicate the stigma and shame of addiction in families, to empower families to achieve their own recovery, and to advocate for vitally needed community recovery supports. Her professional career includes 25 years of executive and management coaching, training, and experiential learning design.

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