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Clare Foundation to Hold Women in Recovery Forum

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By Lookout Staff

February 10, 2016 -- Women in revovery will be the topic of CLARE Foundation's 3rd Annual Forum on the State of Addiction this month, the Santa Monica agency announced Tuesday.

"The annual event gathers thought leaders and medical researchers to share their knowledge about the latest findings in the field of recovery with the community," agency officials said.

The forum, moderated by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laurel Rosen, will take place at Conscious Recovery by CLARE, 1334 Lincoln Blvd, on Friday, ebruary 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The cener is a non-profit intensive-outpatient substance abuse treatment facility that "offers highly effective drug and alcohol counseling services to insurance clients," CLARE officials said.

"Treatment is focused on client's strengths, needs and aspirations, and sessions are conducted primarily by doctorate and masters level clinicians who are trained to support most co-occurring disorders," officials said.

According to the agency, a 2012 study by the nation's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that only one in ten women who need treatment nationwide actually receive it.

LA County Public Defender Nancy Richards Chand, who has helped create treatment collaborations designed to "divert children and adults away from the criminal justice system,"

Christine Grella, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and co-director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs,

Sarah Hepola, a longtime writer and editor for major national publications and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget," and

April Wilson, vice president of Integration at Prototypes treatment facility and a former director of the Pomona Women’s Center.

Hepola will conduct a writing workshop at CLARE on Writing for Recovery.

Moderator Laurel Rosen has more than 25 years of business management experience and has "been applying that leadership to the community, creating the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) and partnering with the Commission on the Status of Women to produce the International Women’s Day Breakfast to celebrate women all over the world," agency officials said.

Space is limited so organizers ask that those who plan to aattend reserve in advance. RSVP with Christina at or (310) 314-3147 x3403.

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