Substance Use Recovery 101 (with Naloxone Training)
Instructors: Patsy Dolan Bouressa, Javier Soto, Phil Owen
Number of Sessions: one
Date/Time: Monday, February 18, 7PM-9PM
Cost: Donations to benefit The SIMS Foundation and Communities for Recovery accepted, but not required.
This program is meant to provide an overview of the disease of addiction, discuss the array of treatment types available for individuals exploring reducing or stopping use, discuss the various recovery supports available (it isn’t just about the 12 steps anymore!) and to train all participants on how to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to save someone from an Opioid overdose.
About the Instructors:
Patsy Dolan Bouressa is the Clinical Director of the SIMS Foundation. She began her career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working at a residential treatment facility for children struggling with a variety of mental illnesses. After five years working with that population, she went to work for Travis County where she created and managed all county-funded therapeutic re-entry and substance use treatment programs for individuals incarcerated at Travis State Jail. In addition to these positions, Patsy has worked at many acute psychiatric hospitals in the Austin area, seeing those opportunities as a way to learn more about what individuals with mental illness experience while trying to access help. Patsy is an active participant on many community wide committees seeking to improve the ways in which services to those struggling with mental health and substance use issues are delivered.
Javier Soto is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and the Justice Involved Coordinator at Communities for Recovery , a community based recovery organization that provides peer based services and supports to individuals in recovery from substance use or substance use and mental illness. He enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 beautiful daughters, and dog (Lucy) during the weekends. Javier is an alumni of Williamson County DWI drug court (circa 2013). He has the passion to help others in the recovery community and hopes to start his Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas in the near future.
Phil Owen spent the majority of his life as a career musician, leading a very successful band with a national following for over 25 years. His success also led to a lifelong drug addiction and acquiring a skill set that he would later call his “job description.” He found that everything that identified him as his musical “persona” was tied to drugs and absorbed his entire life.
Having found his way to recovery in 2015, Phil is now a Peer Recovery Coach at Communities for Recovery (CforR). Life has presented many challenges to his recovery, including the devastating loss of his son, Cash Owen, to a Fentanyl overdose in March2017.
Phil leads the Opioid Response Team at CforR. He also has become a trainer of Peer Recovery Support
Specialists at CforR, as well as providing trainings on Naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, to the public at no cost. Through his work at CforR, he has also founded the Austin Area Opioid Workgroup, a group of community stakeholders who represent a wide variety of physicians, law enforcement, medication assisted sites and facilities, emergency medical personnel, harm reduction coalition, pain management clinics, therapists, mental health services, homeless outreach, shelters, detox programs, survivors and others connected to the opioid use disorder population.