On Monday, February 3, at 5:30 p.m., Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences will host “Advancements in Medical Education on Addiction & Finding Happiness in Recovery” live from the university's Yakima campus. The event, which is free to attend and open to the public, is scheduled to feature Joseph Skrajewski, MA, MFTI, who serves as the Executive Director of Hazelden Betty Ford in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Organizers hope the event will help to increase knowledge of substance use disorder and offer attendees advice on how to help those in recovery.
“No one is immune to substance use disorder,” explained Carrie Tackett, a second-year osteopathic medical student at PNWU and one of the event’s lead organizers. “By facilitating this event for the community, we are hoping that providers, family members and so on will be able to help someone today.”
Tackett, along with a group of her medical school classmates, met Dr. Skrajewski while participating in Hazelden Betty Ford’s Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) program last year. Impressed, they decided to pursue an opportunity to bring him to PNWU’s Yakima campus.
“Substance use is an all-consuming disease that requires help from multiple people to overcome,” Tackett explained. “We hope people will attend this event because it is an opportunity to discuss what happens next. This is a chance to learn about addiction and start to change your perceptions of what is possible for recovery. We hope to increase awareness and work to remove some of the stigma of recovery and substance use.”
“No one chooses that life,” she added, "and it’s important we see the person not just their addiction.”