Alcohol is STILL a Drug: An Exploratory Webinar Series (June 7, 2022)

10:00am - June 7, 2022 thru 10:30am - June 7, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.



Register to join us on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Central (11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Eastern). Each session will feature a new expert presenter.




Alcohol is STILL a drug.  The opioid crisis, increase in stimulant misuse, and marijuana legalization dominate the news— yet alcohol remains the number one substance causing health, social, legal and financial problems throughout the US. 


While this series will focus on the hopefulness of recovery from alcohol use disorder, we’ll also take a deep dive into what we know about the full impact of alcohol overuse and the ways it affects every person in the US.


June 7th Topic: The Impact of Alcohol Use on Individuals with Mental Illness

Tim Devitt will review the comprehensive impact alcohol use has on people who have a co-occurring psychiatric conditions, including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia. Special consideration will be given to the impact of COVID-19 and factors that promote initiating and sustaining recovery.  




Tim Devitt

Tim Devitt, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, has a 30+ year commitment to providing and leading recovery-oriented mental health and substance use services, including integrated mental health and substance use treatment, permanent supported housing, assertive community treatment, and substance use outpatient and intensive outpatient programing. Tim has presented nationally and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter on the integration of evidence-based practices to best meet the comprehensive needs of people with substance use and mental health conditions. Tim is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a lecturer at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, The University of Chicago, and a board member of Serenity Academy Chicago, a 501(c)(3) with the mission to launch Alternative Peer Groups (APGs) and a recovery high school in Chicago.  




These are the overall learning objectives for the full 10-session series: 

  1. Summarize the current impacts of problematic alcohol use in various/special populations, including pregnant women, youth, rural, and minority populations. 
  1. Assess and prioritize alcohol reduction efforts in targeted settings. 
  1. Describe the current efforts to curb problematic alcohol use, including best practices in providing treatment. 




Certificates of attendance will be emailed to all participants who attend the sessions in full.




All sessions in this series will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Central. There will be a new expert presenter for every session. 

September 7, 2021

October 5, 2021 

November 2, 2021 

December 7, 2021

January 4, 2022 - NO SESSION

February 1, 2022

March 1, 2022 

April 5, 2022 

May 3, 2022 

June 7, 2022

July 5, 2022 - NO SESSION

August 2, 2022