Understanding Addiction: Upcoming Events
Olive Branch Outpatient Office offers service to greater Memphis area
The Oxford Center is expanding its outreach services for those in the DeSoto County area who wish to better understand addiction.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Oxford Treatment Center’s Olive Branch Outpatient Office will begin offering a weekly support group for those who have been affected by addiction in a loved one. The following week, on Oct. 27, Oxford Treatment Center’s Director of Professional and Medical Relations will provide an Addiction Medicine Update to area professionals at a lunch-and-learn presentation. Both events are offered free of charge.
“Whether in a family member, a client, a coworker, or their own personal experience, nearly everyone has been touched by the disease of addiction,” said Billy Young, CEO of Oxford Treatment Center. “The experts on our staff do a tremendous job in sharing their knowledge and experience.
“Our goal is be a resource in helping people understand addiction — and the opportunities they may have to support recovery in others.”
The Tuesday evening support group, Family Hope & Healing, follows similar groups already meeting each week at Oxford Treatment Center’s outpatient offices in Oxford and Tupelo. In Olive Branch, Clinical Therapist Aramy Denley, MS, LPC, will lead sessions geared to support, educate and equip the family members of those in addiction or in recovery.
Denley works with clients at Oxford Treatment Center’s residential campus and serves as a family therapist during the Intensive Family Therapy Program at the Oxford Outpatient Office.
“When family members have a loved one in active addiction, they are often overwhelmed both by the shame and fear they feel, and by the financial and legal consequences of their loved one’s addiction,” Denley said. “Being part of this group allows them to see: They’re not powerless, and they’re not alone.”
Family Hope & Healing meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. beginning Oct. 20. There is no charge to attend and no requirement to register in advance. For more information, contact Denley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Oct. 27, the Addiction Medicine Update presentation will feature Tom Fowlkes, MD, a founding partner and former Chief Medical Officer of Oxford Treatment Center. Fowlkes will provide an overview of current topics in substance abuse and addiction, geared for the needs and interests of professionals in related fields.
“Psychologists, counselors, attorneys, pastors — so many people encounter the effects of addiction in their professional lives,” said Corey Bullock, Community Relations Representative for Oxford Treatment Center in Olive Branch. “This presentation by Dr. Fowlkes will give professionals a current, medical perspective on addiction that can inform their interactions with people who have substance abuse problems.”
The lunch-and-learn presentation is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Business Center. Lunch is complimentary for registered guests. To RSVP, contact Bullock at email@example.com or call Oxford Treatment Center Olive Branch Outpatient Office at 662.893.1308.
About the Olive Branch Outpatient Office
Oxford Treatment Center maintains outpatient offices in Oxford, Tupelo and Olive Branch. These offices exist primarily to provide continuing care for clients who have completed residential treatment and returned to their home areas.
Oxford Treatment Center’s Olive Branch Outpatient provides:
- Assessments and referrals for treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) sessions three times weekly
- Follow-up appointments with therapists and medical providers
- Community outreach programming