OKC consultant plans series of events on addiction
An Oklahoma City addiction consultant hopes a series of events starting in September will help families struggling with substance use to come together.
Neal Nordlinger, who owns in Crisis Consultants, said he plans to cohost two to four events a year to send a message that families dealing with substance use disorders aren’t alone, and that people can recover from addiction. Nordlinger’s consulting business attempts to match people with treatment options based on their medical and financial needs.
The first event will feature Kevin McCauley, a former Navy flight surgeon turned addiction lecturer, who will speak about the biology of addiction at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art’s Noble Theater. The event is free.
McCauley speaks monthly to families at Northbound Treatment Services, which has facilities in California and St. Louis. He was courtmartialed and lost his license to practice medicine due to an addiction to prescription opioids.
Mike Neatherton, CEO of Northbound, said he considers spreading information about addiction to be part of Northbound’s mission, even though it doesn’t have a facility in Oklahoma. Hopefully, people who hear McCauley speak about addiction will be inspired to push for more funding for treatment, he said.
“Treatment works the best when there is a collective commitment,” he said. “We want to be part of a solution regardless of where it is around the country.”
Nationwide, about 17 million people have a substance use disorder involving excessive alcohol use; 4.2 million involving excessive marijuana use; 2.5 million involving opioid misuse; 1.9 million involving cocaine, methamphetamine or other stimulants; and 246,000 involving hallucinogens, according to the Substance Use and Mental Health Administration.
One person can have more than one addiction, but even if the total were no higher than the 17 million people with an alcohol use disorder, one out of every 19 people in the United States still would have a disorder.
Nordlinger said he hopes the events will chip away at the shame and secrecy surrounding substance use disorders.
“Everybody, I don’t care who you are, everybody knows somebody,” he said. “I want people to realize there is hope.”
For more information or to register, go online to www.eventbrite. com/e/why-addictionis-a-disease-and-whythere-is-hope-tickets-36421846724.