Planning Ahead: College Event Toolkit

(Posted May 2017)

Save the 2018 DATE!

NDAFW Event January 22–28, 2018

Teens and young adults  



Every January a week-long observance is coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), is a national health observance for teens and young adults to promote local events that use NIDA science to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about alcohol and other drugs. NIDA gives you everything you need to plan, promote, and host your NDAFW event. If your college is interested in holding an event during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, NIDA has resources posted to assist in your planning. If your agency or organization interacts with teens and young adults, here is opportunity to involve and educate both students and community by participating in the National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® activities. To begin planning for fun and educational events next January, check out the College Event Toolkit available on: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/promote-events/college-event-toolkit.

Building Skill in Family Treatment of Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Information from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) indicates that meaningful family participation in the treatment process is an effective way to improve both retention in treatment and treatment outcomes for persons with substance use disorders.

 The Illinois Family Resource Center assists providers to increase their awareness of the importance of family treatment, provides training to professionals in order to enhance their skills in family treatment, and to increase the effectiveness of family treatment services.

“Building Skills in Family Treatment of Adolescents and Emerging Adults” is a two hour in-service that can be provided onsite at your agency at no cost. Two CEU’s have been approved for ICB certified counselors as well as LSW, LCSW, LPC and LCPC licensure.

For additional information or to schedule a workshop contact

Illinois Family Resource Center
Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council
Nancy Phillips, MS.Ed., ICAADC, CFPP,
Family Center Coordinator, at 217-258-6018

“Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery”

(Posted February 2017)

During the month of April 2017, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) will celebrate the 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month. The theme for the coming awareness month, held every April, is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” The event has been sponsored by NCADD since 1987. The purpose of the events held during the month is to increase awareness and understanding of addiction and help reduce the stigma often preventing individuals and families from seeking help. To assist you in planning and developing your 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month events, NCADD has prepared an Organizer’s Guide which you can download as a PDF from: https://www.ncadd.org/aam.

Arriving Soon: Red Ribbon Week

(Posted October 2016)

The Red Ribbon Campaign® is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the country. The Campaign touches millions of young people and their families throughout Red Ribbon Week®. In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as motivation for communities to educate youth and it helps to inspire young people’s participation in drug prevention activities. The Red Ribbon Campaign® is being held October 23 through October 31, 2016. Take a look at RedRibbon.org and learn more about the yearly Campaign.

Join the Voices: Celebrate National Recovery Month

(Posted July 2016)

Recovery Month Banner - 07-08-2016

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September. It is now in its 27th year. In 1989 Recovery Month began in honor of treatment professionals. As it has evolved, it now celebrates the achievements made by those in recovery, as well as recognizing the contributions of treatment and service providers. Recovery Month helps spread the message behavioral health is essential to a healthy lifestyle, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.

Every September, programs and communities across the country celebrate National Recovery Month. The celebrations are as varied as the “journey” each person takes in their recovery process. Often success stories are shared with neighbors, friends, and families at events planned to encourage the positive message of recovery. By doing so, each story shared helps to increase awareness and a better understanding of the disease of substance use disorder and mental health disorder.

Check out the resources available at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/events. The materials will assist you and your communities in planning an event to “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!

Hello world!

Dear Reader,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share some of my journey that brought me to the position of Family Resource Center Coordinator. When I started in the substance abuse field over 35 years ago I never dreamed that I would be given the opportunities I have experienced. As a result, I have stored away bits of “lessons learned” that are a key part of who I am now. Through the years I learned about the disease concept of addiction and the supporting research. I experienced the strength and resiliency that participating in a family recovery process can bring to those of us affected by addiction. I learned about the importance of addressing protective factors and risk factors in a child’s environment to support healthy living. But…for me, the most exciting “lesson learned” was my passion for working in this field – and my passion has never wavered.

My journey has changed course many times but I have discovered there are “lessons learned” that do not change…and I believe that is good. I learned the human need for the safety of family does not change. I also learned a strong spiritual base provides the strength and resiliency to manage life challenges.

Early in my career I received my addictions counselor certification and I have maintained it through the growth and change the years have seen. I participated in the development of the prevention certification and kept it for many years. As I continue to develop professionally, I will be seeking the credential of Illinois Certified Family Partnership Professional. This certification offers assistance to families navigating the substance use and mental health systems with the input of a person who has had similar experiences.

As Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council continues the development of the Family Resource Center, I am excited about the possibilities that are ahead. I believe we will learn from each other by sharing our “lessons learned.” I will strive to create an atmosphere of respect as we share and celebrate the successes we achieve together. Thank you for being a part of this continuing journey.


Nancy Phillips, M.S.Ed., CAADC
Family Resource Center Coordinator
Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council