Continuing Education Event – Evaluating the Individual Costs of a Substance Use Disorder and the Benefits of Treatment and Recovery – WEBINAR – 9/23/2020

There are many costs to the problems resulting from substance use disorder (SUD) of addiction. Likewise, there are many benefits when an individual enters successful recovery. The costs of drug and alcohol disorders and the benefits of recovery have a rippling impact on individuals, families, communities, and society. Much is known about the costs – the pain to families, the broken homes, the loss of employment, materials possessions, medical costs, crime and criminal justice related costs, etc. However, little is known about the benefits of recovery, and just like addiction costs, recovery benefits extend from the individual to the family, the employer, the community, and society.

Let’s take a look not just at how we might tally the costs of an individual with a substance use disorder but also tally the many benefits of recovery. Then, let’s discuss how itemizing the costs and benefits can help society see the value of every person who is in recovery from a substance use disorder!

As a result of this session:

  • Attendees will be able to list the various areas impacted by substance use disorders & their recovery.
  • Attendees will have guidelines on how to tally the personal, societal, and financial costs of an individual with a substance use disorder.
  • Attendees will have a mechanism to calculate individual, societal, and financial benefits of recovery
  • Attendees will increase their awareness of, and be able to better articulate to others, the value of treatment and recovery – for themselves, their families, employers and the community.

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 1 credit hour.

Deni Carise, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Recovery Centers of America
Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania. RCA is dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services, all available on one campus. Beginning in March 2016, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ, multiple outpatient programs and one opioid treatment program. Their goal is to get 1 million Americans into meaningful recovery.

Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. Dr Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.


Sep 23 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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