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Clozapine: Understanding Benefits and Barriers

NAMI Ask the Expert Webinar welcomes Robert O. Cotes, M.D., Director of the Clinical & Research Program for Psychosis at Grady Health, Emory University School of Medicine, who discusses the unique and potentially life-changing benefits of clozapine, an antipsychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. Currently, the American Psychiatric Association guidelines recommend a trial of clozapine if a person still has symptoms despite two prior trials of other antipsychotic medications. However, despite its effectiveness, clozapine is underutilized in the U.S. and often treated as a “last resort” option. In this presentation, Dr. Cotes helps individuals and families better understand clozapine’s benefits, side effects and recent changes to the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy regarding the drug.

Ancestry DNA Test Helped Me Find My Family

When Barbara was 10 years old, she found out she had been adopted. After previous unsuccessful attempts in the past to find her birth mother through the court system, she decided to take an ancestry dna test right before going on vacation, just 7 months ago. She left it in God’s hands and refused to check her email until she returned from her trip. When she finally opened her email, she found information that led her to quickly finding her biological family! Not long after that she hopped on a plane to Chicago where they were waiting for her with open arms! CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long-term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services.

Police Department Addiction Recovery Coaches

CCAR offers nationally recognized training for Recovery Coaches or anyone working to support the recovery of others. Our flagship, Recovery Coach Academy©, along with our other training, focuses on the Art and Science of Recovery Coaching and is based on the fundamentals of coaching excellence. Lt. Michael Stokes talks about his experience taking our training and the impact of the Police Department Integration of Recovery Coaching Program. CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery, or are in long-term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services.

Recovery Coach Personal Connection

  CCAR’s Hartford Hospital Consultant/Liaison Program gives individuals lengthened recovery coaching services that focus on building recovery capital and other external supports. Colin shares how vital this program was during his various inpatient hospital stays to treat his addiction, and how he maintained a personal connection with his recovery coach after being discharged. CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long-term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services.

Amy Federer: My Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, Homelessness & Prison

Amy Federer lived, undiagnosed, with serious mental illness until she was 30. Struggling with the trauma of an assault, Amy’s life started to fall apart. This is the story of her journey to recovery and becoming a champion for mental health. If you or a loved one is seeking mental health treatment or additional information on mental health, visit our website at NAMI.org. Call our HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) – open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Text “NAMI” to 741-741 – Available 24/7 Visit us online at nami.org. Find your local NAMI at nami.org/findsupport NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.