Panel Discussion – Adult Alcohol consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US – webinar – 4/28/2021

As stay-at-home orders began in the united states, and as families were forced to create a new way of living in unprecedented times, the alcohol industry reported some of their highest sales. Nielsen reported a 54% increase in national sales of alcohol for the week ending March 21, 2020, compared with 1 year before and online sales increased 262% from 2019.

The stressors of the pandemic have led to a mental health crisis. The impacts on mental health can increase vulnerabilities to the use of substances including alcohol. A recent study shows an increase in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic, among adults by 14% from 2019 to 2020. Women, in particular, exhibited a 41% increase in alcohol consumption over a 2019 baseline. Reasons for increased drinking included increased stress (45.7%), increased alcohol availability (34.4%), and boredom (30.1%). Additionally some recognized that Virtual happy hours, experiences of isolation, increased rates of depression and anxiety, and for women, higher rates of joblessness due to childcare needs contributed.

Join us for a panel discussion on the impact the pandemic has had on alcohol use and learn ways to keep yourself and your family safe and informed of the risks of alcohol use.

You will hear from top experts in the field regarding the trends in alcohol use being seen in light of the pandemic. You will also hear from those who have walked the path to recovery and can share their hope for the future.

This is an opportunity to have your questions answered through the anonymity of a virtual format. Find answers to: How do you know when to seek help? How can families work through this? and What does treatment look like for anyone who accesses treatment for the first time?

Join us to have your questions answered and be a part of the community solution to getting through this new normal.

Panelists include:

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP – Vice President of Family and Clinical Programming
Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP is a licensed clinician, marriage, and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use.

Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, adults, and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools, and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a Certified Trauma Professional and a Certified Mentor Trainer of Trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges.

Trish has been the Keynote speaker for the PAYS Summit, the Suicide Prevention Conference, and Magellan behavioral health conference. Additionally, she has provided in-service training for several PA school districts and has trained law enforcement officers on drug trends for the CIT program. She has also presented at the Annual Trauma conference, the Cape Cod Symposium, and the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT). Trish specializes in ADHD, opioid use in young adults, trauma-informed care, developmental trauma, trauma and substance use disorders, trauma and the family system, family engagement, and substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.

During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force and Partners for Success Coalition, and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.

Dawn Belamarich Berry, LPC, LCADC, CCS, CCGC – CEO, Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse

Dawn Belamarich Berry, LPC, LCADC, CCS, CCGC is excited to bring her experience as a leader and clinician into her new role as Chief Executive Officer at Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse. Upon completing two master’s degrees and working in various social service and treatment settings, Dawn found a permanent home within the social service fabric of South Jersey. For over a decade, Dawn has been an influential leader within the field, carrying roles such as therapist, supervisor, and administrator, and she developed an unrelenting passion for working with those dealing with addiction. From working with adults in a state prison environment to working with youth in intensive outpatient and aftercare modalities.

Dawn has not only developed a concrete understanding of how addiction works but has also developed the most important characteristic in addiction and mental health treatment: knowing how to best guide individuals on their journey to bring about positive, sustainable change. In her new role as Chief Executive Officer at RCA at Lighthouse, Dawn hopes to continue to aid individuals in bringing about positive change on their path to recovery.

Rob Strauber, CIP, CAI-II, CFRS, CRS – Interventionist Manager at Recovery Centers of America

Rob Strauber, CIP, CAI-II, CFRS, CRS is an Interventionist at Recovery Centers of America. As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Advance Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI-II), Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), and a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), Rob works with the entire family unit to help create plans to seek, support and sustain recovery.

As a person in long-time recovery himself, Rob is an active member of the recovery community, Chester County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board Member, and Kacie’s Cause Board Member. Rob began his career in the Addictions Field managing the operations of a 19-bed recovery house outside of Reading, PA. Rob developed the Recovery Oriented Community at Malvern Institute before coming to RCA.

Patrick Clark – Project Manager at Recovery Centers of America
Patrick is a project manager with RCA that has extensive experience with helping those afflicted with alcoholic addiction recover from their disease. He has brought the 12 Step Recovery Model to various institutions, including jails, treatment facilities, and sober living homes. Patrick’s message is simple: people can and do recover from this disease.


Apr 28 2021


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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