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Nancy Davis, our Two Dreams New Orleans Outreach coordinator and Administrator, recently attended the Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference in Nashville on June 22-23. Innovations in Behavioral Health is a new conference being offered by Foundations Recovery Network, and is beneficial for those looking to broaden their knowledge and skill set in the treatment industry, medical field, and business management.

With our new IOP and OP treatment facility in New Orleans fast approaching its opening day, we thought Nancy Davis would be the perfect person to attend this conference. We recently sat down with Nancy to discuss her experience at the Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference to get the inside scoop on how this conference will benefit our New Orleans facility.

 

How was your experience at Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference?

Nancy: It was a fantastic conference, full of educational information pertaining to the addiction field. Many were in attendance and overall, I think the conference was a huge success. I’m excited for next year, as there is talk that the conference may add an additional day.

 

What topics were discussed at the Innovations in Behavioral Conference?

Nancy: Physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of treatment were discussed in great length at the conference, which are so important when dealing with addiction. At Two Dreams, we believe in a holistic approach to treatment and our 3-7-3 model of treatment emphasizes this approach. Addiction must be combated from multiple angles, and gaining additional insights and tools used in treating those with addiction was very helpful. In addition, practices for treating mental health conditions, approaches for timely interventions, and insights into revenue management were also topics covered. The information I gathered from this conference will definitely help our New Orleans facility.

 

What information was the most useful to you?

Nancy: At Two Dreams, we provide individualized treatment for those in need. We value the unique needs of the individual that seeks treatment. The conference brought up interesting topics, like new methods of interventions and discussing challenges that exist in a blended family in recovery. These topics and discussions were extremely useful in gaining insight into how Two Dreams can better assist and customize our treatment programs to the individual in need. One speaker discussed the surge in opiate dependency, and understanding this drug trend will help our facilities better prepare for treatment of individuals battling this addiction. Our Chicago office offers an extensive suboxone program that truly focuses on treating opiate addiction from all angles.

 

Do you have any additional thoughts?

Nancy: These conferences are so great with connecting with others and most importantly, learning from others. Two Dreams really does provide the best in addiction treatment, and these conferences are so useful to gaining insight and keeping current with our treatment modalities. A better understanding of this disease is always a step in the right direction.


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