Back2Basics, Long Term Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, is reaching out to the community. They brought in Jean Bowman last Friday, a Fetal Alcohol specialist, to talk to the community and inform them just how serious alcoholism is.
Flagstaff is home to a variety of different behavioral health professionals. All of whom were invited to the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome luncheon held April 19th, put on by Back2Basics and Jean Bowman. “While all drugs are a serious matter, especially to an expecting mother, alcohol is by far the worst,” Bowman lectures. “It’s important that people know just how serious alcohol is.”
Roy DuPrez, CEO and Founder of Back2Basics, funded the luncheon and gave people the opportunity to learn about something that is so pertinent in society today. “Behavioral health professionals need to stay current on information related to the field,” states Duprez. “Most licensed professionals need to accumulate hours throughout the year to achieve a certain criteria.”
The 40+ people who attended the luncheon on Friday at Fat Olives Italian Pizzeria were made up of psychologists, therapists, psychiatrist, counselors, and social workers, from privately owned businesses, hospitals, and school districts all over Northern Arizona. This lecture was not only a way to inform them of this growing disorder, but also to bring people together that share the common interest of preventing drug and alcohol abuse. “We are trying to address themes that are impacted by the effects of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. There are so many factors and people involved, not only the afflicted but the affected,” explains Duprez.
With the first luncheon such a success, Duprez already has his next lecture- this one regarding families impacted by alcoholism and drug addiction- set to take place in October… hopefully, at Fat Olives.