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Wednesday, May 22 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2B: Danger Lies Ahead- Detour! (Intersection of Drugs & Violence)

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No one wakes up and decides, "Today, I want to be a drug addict and I want to be violent," so how do individuals go from living life to a life incorporated with drug use and violence? There are various experiences that may lead to drug use, it could start with something as simple as: peer pressure, family members using, unresolved grief, trauma or loss, mental illness (self-medication), recreation, to enhance sports, experience the mythical (the high), relieve pain--to name a few.

There may be a strong link to drug use and violence found in your family history. When you visit your doctor, you will be given papers to complete that discusses if your immediate family experienced diabetes, high blood, cancer and more. The same holds true for drug / alcohol use and violence. It tends to run in families. The Absolute Truth Is This Is Just A Marker Not a Diagnosis. It Does Not Mean That If Someone in Your Family __________ You Are Guaranteed to Experience_____________. Most of the time the difference is being aware and making different choices. For Some individuals drug use and violence start out as a learned behavior: either they witnessed a family member actively using or acting weird, they witnessed violence or was abused themselves. These behaviors may have been learned from the "friends" or associates they spend most of their time with.

The Good news is there is a DETOUR, alternate routes. We will discuss alternative options that will help them with prevention or intervention. This is an interactive presentation, as the individuals must do all the work. They must make the choice to learn, then implement and apply the practices so they can see a difference in their life or those that may be suffering around them.

Wraquel will share her journey of not getting to say goodbye when her mother passed away and Tonya will share how to overcome guilt, shame, and sadness when a loved one dies and there are things left unsaid rather by natural or accidental causes or by suicide. Tonya will share alternative health options to help with stress, anxiety, guilt, shame and depression. Then a Q&A

Learning Objectives:
  • Correlation between Drugs and Violence -How did I get here?
  • How Genetics and Biophysiology plays a role in Drug Use and Violence
  • Detour-learn to look for an alternate route -will provide solutions and alternative health options that can help with prevention and / or intervention.

avatar for Wraquel Spencer Brown, AS, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist

Wraquel Spencer Brown, AS, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist

Founder, Forget You Not
Wraquel Spencer Brown, AS, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist, also trained in Peer to Peer Recovery and is currently enrolled at East Tennessee State University pursuing a bachelor’s in human services / human development & learning. She has been married to her wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Tonya Nichols HHP, BEP-I, TDN, CH, CNC, CBP

Tonya Nichols HHP, BEP-I, TDN, CH, CNC, CBP

Founder, Comprehensive Wellness Solutions
Tonya Nichols HHP, BEP-I, TDN, CH, CNC, CBP,  is a Licensed Temperament Therapist, with a BS in Psychology, and is currently pursuing her degree in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. She owns Comprehensive Wellness Solutions and is the proud mother of eight children, three... Read More →