Live Being Well: The Opioid Crisis


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the opioid crisis that we are experiencing in our country. Tune into Live Being Well: The Opioid Crisis being aired on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The program is being shown on Eastern Illinois University’s television station (WEIU) at 7 p.m. It is hosted by WEIU’s Ke’an Armstrong and features a panel of guests answering questions about the opioid epidemic in the United States. The panel includes:

  • Judy Brown, MA, LCPC is the Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council Program Director.
  • Michelle Eaton, MS is the Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council Prevention Services Coordinator.
  • Joe Trotter, Prevention Specialist at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
  • Derek Stout, DO, Emergency Medicine, Sarah Bush Lincoln                 

Viewers are invited to send questions prior to the show to< or call that night to ask questions live on the air at 1-877-727-9348.


Thank you

(September 2018 posting)

            As September ends, so does RECOVERY MONTH. I want to thank all of you who gathered at sites throughout Illinois and celebrated RECOVERY with your community members on their journey. As I attended our local celebration this past weekend, I was moved by the response of family and friends who attended a picnic, ate, laughed, played games, and shared the great weather with those in their recovery journey. It was an experience that reassures me that I am doing what I love because of the wonderful results I get to observe and share. I wish you all a great year ahead and look forward to another successful celebration next September.
P.S. Remember you don’t have to wait until next September to celebrate recovery. It is an ongoing process for us all.
Until next year,
Nancy Phillips
Illinois Family Resource Center Coordinator


The Illinois Family Resource Center invites you to

Celebrate RECOVERY MONTH with us.

The Illinois Family Resource Center is celebrating Recovery Month by providing a learning opportunity for professionals, interested community members and family members with a desire to learn more about Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The training, “The Family Journey from Chaos to Recovery,” will explore the impact of alcohol and other drugs on adolescents, emerging adults and their families. The training is available at no cost to those attending. To address the travel needs of providers, we are offering two opportunities to attend the six hour training. The available dates are as follows:

September 19, 2018 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Rend Lake Marketplace

September 26, 2018 in Peoria, Illinois, Embassy Suites East Peoria

Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Closure: 4:30 p.m.

Application for CEU’s through ICB, Inc. is pending approval. CEU’s for Social Work has been approved.

Included is a flier with registration information. Please feel free to copy and distribute to your staff, community members and families who may benefit from this opportunity.

We look forward seeing you in September! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Phillips, M.S.Ed.-PSY, CAADC, CFPP, Illinois Family Center Coordinator, (217) 258-6018 ext. 525 or email mail to:  

Funding provided for the Cooperative Agreement for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination Implementation (SYT-I) Award through (SAMHSA/CSAT) to the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) Cooperative Agreement #TI-025993



Changing Attitudes: Alcohol Awareness Month

(Posted January 2018)

Be ready. Alcohol Awareness Month is getting close. Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month with the goals to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce the stigma of alcoholism and to encourage communities to focus on alcohol-related issues.  The 2018 theme, Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage,’ is designed to highlight the various opportunities individuals, families, and communities have to educate teens and young adults on the dangers of alcohol use. Even with Illinois’ snow and record breaking cold, April is still close at hand so now is the time to plan on how you and your organizations will highlight the message as parents and community members we often forgive underage drinking and identify it as a “rite of passage.” Assuming our young citizens will “get through it” is dangerous. We can change our attitude and take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help young people do the same by participating Alcohol Awareness Month.

As a community and as parents, knowing young people are less likely to develop problems associated with alcohol when first use is delayed is a very important message to send out to our younger citizens. A vital part of Alcohol Awareness Month is the Alcohol-Free Weekend (March 30-April 1, 2018). The weekend is designed to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, and the community. To support these efforts, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans, young and old, to participate in three alcohol-free days.

To learn more information about NCADD, underage drinking, Alcohol Awareness Month and Alcohol-Free Weekend, visit the NCADD website at:


The Opioid Crisis in America: Time to Spread Awareness

(Posted November 2017)


As communities in the United States are aware, there is a dramatic increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers. This issue has led to determined efforts to curb the opioid drug crisis. One of the many resources available to help make a difference is the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) to be held Jan. 22-28, 2018. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) sponsor NDAFW as an annual, weeklong series of educational events that bring together teens and scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about substance use and addiction. NIDA and NIAAA are both parts of the National Institutes of Health.

If your community is interested in holding a prescription drug-focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, NIDA has resources to assist you in planning an event that focuses primarily on opioids and other prescription drugs. NIDA provides links for the resources to support you and your community in the planning process.

The materials, including booklets and educational posters, can be ordered directly from the NIDA clearinghouse in advance of your NDAFW event. Orders must be placed by January 15, 2018, for guaranteed arrival. Promoting your event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® has never been easier! NIDA’s Promote with Online Toolkit section has everything you need to generate buzz for your event. For help with planning your event, visit NIDA’s 5 Steps to Hosting an NDAFW Event and the Get Activity Ideas & Toolkits page. Start planning when you visit:

Celebrate National Recovery Month


Every September, programs and communities across the country celebrate National Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the achievements made by those in recovery and reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health. 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 reinforcing 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.

The theme for Recovery Month 2017 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities. The 2017 theme highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery and invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their experience.

To learn more about Recovery Month visit