Scheduled highlights for #ARHE2021 Conference Day 2 on Tuesday, June 22nd


Improving sleep, decreasing your blood pressure, promoting well balanced mental health…all benefits of meditation. Please join us for a 10 minute guided meditation centered around food. Mindful eating is the opposite of mindless eating — it’s a way to practice complete mindfulness, focus, awareness of thoughts and emotions, gratitude for the food that we consume. Since this will be an active meditation, we will close the virtual doors at 10:05am EST so as not to disrupt those who are meditating.
For more information on all of the wellness options for the conference, be sure to check out our LinkTree!


The Self-Expression Experience
Dylan Lundgren, Addiction Recovery Advocate + Speaker, Transforming Despair into Hope
Addiction is a chronic state of isolation, disconnection, and suppression. We can liken it to living in the dark. When we are living in the dark, we are living in an absence of light; of information. Expression is the road on which we reconnect to ourselves and the world. It’s the way in which we turn the lights back on. By creating a safe culture for authentic expression, we make it possible for therapeutic experiences to occur. These experiences, grounded in self-expression, and contained in a safe way, drastically improve metrics associated with recovery: connection, vitality, wellbeing. In this presentation, we will explore self-expression, some different methods, and the principles that make it possible to integrate this into the treatment culture in a powerful way. Link to workbook:


The Neuroscience of High-Risk Behavior
Crystal Collier, PhD, Choices Prevention Program & Prevention Research for The Council on RecoveryThe Neuroscience of High-Risk Behavior: Developmental Effects on Executive Functioning elucidates how substances and other risky behavior affect healthy neurodevelopment, the role of genetics in addiction, the effect of environment, and implications for prevention and treatment for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Crystal Collier, author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide, teaches clinicians how to teach the neuroscience of addiction to kids and adults that encourages them to protect their executive functioning skills, empowers parents to explore genetic testing for addiction, and enables teachers and school administrators to develop consistent, brain-based prevention programming and sound policy.


Join ARHE for our annual collegiate recovery town hall! This session is open to all and serves as a forum to discuss relevant topics in the collegiate recovery field. Have an idea? A question? A best practice? This space provides all collegiate recovery stakeholders with the opportunity to share what’s working and what’s next for the collegiate recovery field.

Please note that this session is separate from the ARHE Annual Meeting which is more focused on the business of the Association and reporting to members. This session will be topic-focused discussion and a chance to share with collegiate recovery colleagues.


Join this virtual cooking demo to cook alongside or watch and learn to make several simple dishes you can easily prepare at home. We’ll feature a versatile “build your own bowl” packed with nutrition tailored for recovery – protein for rebuilding, antioxidant-rich veggies for repair, and whole grains for balanced blood sugar and mood stability. Plus, it’s tasty, time-efficient, and budget-friendly. Bring your appetite!
For more information on all of the wellness options for the conference, be sure to check out our LinkTree!
Personal Recovery Journeys and the College Experience: Results from a Large Qualitative Study
Tiffany Brown, PhD, LMFT, University of Oregon
Lindsey Nichols, MS, University of Oregon
This session will focus primarily on reporting qualitative research findings, via phenomenology methodology, about a prominent collegiate recovery program. Over ninety participants were asked to share about their recovery journey, including challenges, personal journeys, and how to be successful in college. Session attendees will learn about the methodology employed, the data analysis process utilized, and the key results that can be helpful for other recovery programs.


Braiding the individual and the group: the concept of connection in the Recovery Community
Alejandro Betancur, UT Houston School of Public Health
Sheryl McCurdy, University of Texas Houston School of Public Health
Sierra Castedo de Martell, University of Texas, School of Public Health
Johnny Wilkerson, UT Houston School of Public Health
A ritual in the recovery community is the use of knots and cords, a complex symbol to celebrate intervals of sobriety, but in a broader sense denoting the moments when the individual’s recovery/addiction journey connects with the recovery community’s programming. Similarly, the individual and the recovery community are braided together, with the understanding that these interconnections are created by tension. A thematic narrative analysis of 4 virtual focus groups and the corresponding chat demonstrates the tug-of-war that exists between the individual and the community at recovery programs. The relevant themes that emerged are “Community”, “Peer Mentors”, and “Safe/Clean/Sober”. The resulting dynamic configures programs and actions that impact the residents and the policies that orient the programs, from the philosophy that guides the institution, to the established relapse protocol and even the weekly. This shares back the results of last year’s Mapping the Field exercises, wherein conference attendees shared experiences for this qualitative research project.
Increasing Recovery Capital for Faith-Based Students in Recovery: Identifying Assets Among Congregations and their Relationship with the Recovery Population
Lacey Fitch-Ondracek, Baylor University, Center for Church and Community Impact
Skylar White, Baylor University
Stanton Corley, Baylor University
Gaynor Yancey, The Center for Church and Community Impact (C3I); Baylor University
Lilly Ettinger, Baylor University
To increase recovery capital, collegiate recovery programs -as much as their respective institutions permit -should be able to refer faith-based students to local, recovery-friendly congregations. However, depending on the size of the surrounding community, discerning which local congregations are recovery-friendly can be a difficult task. The BARC, in partnership with Baylor University’s School of Social Work and Center for Church and Community Impact (C3I), surveyed 221 local congregations via qualtrics in the Waco community who could potentially benefit faith-based students who are seeking recovery. The BARC and C3I have analyzed the responses which are the basis of shared opportunities to train local congregations to become recovery ready.


The best part of the Annual Conference is networking! The great part about having ARHE, ARS, and AAPG all come together are the endless possibilities for collaborations in the year ahead. Want to get your CRC more involved in supporting a local Recovery High School in your area? Connect with a representative from your region or state at our Regional Meet Up event during the 12th Annual National Conference, all regions will be meeting in their perspective Breakout Rooms on Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm (Eastern). – NO CEUs

Did you know that members of ARHE gather for a monthly or quarterly Regional Call? Are you working at a Recovery High School or within an Alternative Peer Group and want to strengthen your relationships with the two and four-year institutions in your state or region? Find your ARHE Regional Representative below and inquire about their next Regional Call.

Mid-Atlantic Region: North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Delaware
Dr. Dominiquie Clemmons-James

Midwest Region: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska
Dr. Jonathon Lofgren

Southwest: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico
John Shiftlet

Southeast: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky
Hillary Groover

Northeast: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Massachusetts
Keith Murphy

Pacific: California, Oregon, and Washington
Angie Bryan

Mountain: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho
Jordan Baez

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