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Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Lets Talk Cincinnati is a FREE town hall event hosted by Alta Centers and WeRecover to discuss the Opiate Epidemic and the wide-ranging effects of the Addiction Crisis specifically in Cincinnati featuring Candy Finnigan from A&E's Intervention.

Included will be policymakers, treatment professionals, technology executives, and law enforcement officials to talk about how we can fight the opiate epidemic, how this happened and what you can do for your loved one or yourself to help. We invite family members, addicts, recovering individuals, members of the city, local treatment programs and human resources managers from local businesses to join us.


"Being born and raised in Cincinnati, I wanted to create a community event where we can share ideas and develop education in addiction. From seeing many people unaware of not only consequences of addiction but the consequences of treating addiction like a moral failing, We wanted to create a space that not only encourages people to get help but educates them from professionals who share the feeling of helping people. " Says Garrett Braukman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Alta Centers.

This is intended to be a space where people struggling with their loved ones addiction can really focus the narrative on what they can do and what can be done for the city to get out of the epidemic it is in. Panelists will channel facts, education, and a way out for those who don’t know what addiction is and how we can fight addiction and stop this epidemic from increasing.

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Garrett Braukman, Executive Director of Alta Centers, Addiction Recovery Services

Born and Raised in the Greater Cincinnati Area, Garrett Braukman, grew up in a home full of addiction, he lost his father to addiction in 2004 and subsequently his uncle in 2005. Initially, wanting he found himself wanting to work in the music industry, he found himself at a calling to help others in addiction leading him to find sobriety early in life and getting a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Garrett's career has spanned from entry-level to executive management, with previous experience in Orange County, Malibu, Hollywood and Cincinnati. Garrett has appeared in and been on E! Network, Klen and Sober Radio and Music Connection Magazine, Garrett's approach to recovery is unique, providing powerful insight into the programming at Alta Centers.

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Candy Finnigan - From The Emmy Nominated A&E Series Intervention

Ms. Finnigan is a nationally recognized addiction specialist, interventionist and author. She received her Certification in Chemical Dependency from UCLA and did her internship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital where she worked in Addiction Services. She was certified in Sex Addiction and Codependency by Dr. Patrick Carnes.Candy is a Board Registered Interventionist, and she received her intervention training from the man who developed the process, Dr. Vern Johnson. "Intervention is a relatively new concept," she explains, "it's only been in use about 50 years. I feel extremely fortunate to have been personally trained by Dr. Vern Johnson." Some of Candy's affiliations as an interventionist include; the Betty Ford Center, Sierra Tucson, The Meadows, Promises West and Malibu, Hazelden, Talbots, Caron, Astoria Point/Rosebriar, The Ranch Recovery in Desert Hot Springs and many others.Candy has been involved in all areas of recovery for over 23 years not only as an interventionist, but also in relapse prevention, family and individual counseling. Additionally, she has extensive experience in assessment, placement, and aftercare treatment. She has been a group facilitator with adults and adolescents, she worked with the students at Beverly Hills High School as a drug and alcohol specialist/counselor for 11 years.She herself has been in recovery for 30 years. "I was inspired to go into this work because I saw that as a recovering woman, I might be able to connect with people in need" she says. "It's not just my work, it's my life."Ms Finnigan has been married for over 45 years. She and her husband Mike have two grown children; son, Kelly, and daughter, Bridget.In 2008 Candy wrote a comprehensive guide to intervention called "When Enough Is Enough". The book is available through Penguin/Avery Publishing or Amazon.com.

Maximillian Jaffe and Stephen Estes - Founders of WeRecover

WeRecover is an online platform that was started when co-founder Max Jaffe needed to find a rehab center for his sister. The process was daunting. He spent months on the phone with facilities and insurance, and found a vast array of less-than-trustworthy facilities that were not safe environments. The good facilities were far too expensive. After finally learning enough about insurance, and the inner-workings of treatment facilities, he finally got his sister into a treatment center. This Tech platform is a way to utilize a matching platform for addiction recovery centers for for individuals who want to find help. They have been featured in USA Today and Huffington Post. They will be talking a lot about utilizing technology with treatment, data outcomes, finding trust worthy facilities etc.

Dr. James S. Flowers, PhD, LPC-S
 - Driftwood Recovery

Dr. Flowers is one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of pain recovery, addiction and chronic pain assessment in the UnitedStates. For more than 24 years, Dr. Flowers has occupied an expert leadership position in the pain and addiction recovery field, and has used his experience and knowledge to develop a substantial number of pain recovery and addiction programs within some of the most respected healthcare and addiction treatment centers in the country. He is fellowship trained in behavioral pain management and completed clinical rotations in behavioral pain management at The University of Washington, The Rosomoff Comprehensive Center for Pain, The University of Miami, and The Mayo Clinic. He is a serial Entrepreneur in the healthcare and addiction field and is the founding partner of Driftwood in Austin, Texas, and Kemah Palms Recovery in Houston.
 He has dedicated his career to his passion, designing multidisciplinary addiction treatment programs and clinical protocols to help individuals suffering from addiction and chronic pain. Dr. Flowers has a passion for healthcare, human healing and bringing startup healthcare organizations that create positive change in the lives of people both involved with, and treated in those programs.In his spare time, Dr. Flowers is a lifelong distance runner with more than 28 marathons to his credit, and has competed in several ultra-marathons, including 70 and 100 mile trail and mountain races. He is also a pilot.


Chris Seelbach - Cincinnati City Council Member

Honored as White House “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama, Chris Seelbach is serving his second term on Cincinnati City Council.Prior to joining Council, Chris was the Vice President and CFO of a nationally recognized marketing and consulting firm, and also served on the staff of Cincinnati Vice-Mayor David Crowley. Chris graduated from Xavier University and the University of Dayton School of Law, and was recently a Bohnnet Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University.Under Chris’ leadership, Cincinnati has grown in population for the first time in 60 years, thanks to efforts to invest in public transportation, diverse housing options in walkable neighborhoods and a thriving arts and entertainment scene.Chris has been instrumental in helping create a city where all people are valued, regardless of income or background. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the homeless, led efforts to invest $10 million in shelters, include homeless status in the city’s hate crime legislation and enact a “homeless to work” program. As Cincinnati’s first openly gay Councilmember, Chris has led efforts on behalf of the LGBT community to make Cincinnati the most LGBT-inclusive city in the country. He worked to insure that 100% of electricity supplied to Cincinnati homes is backed by renewable energy, provide meaningful job training to local workers, and has been a tireless advocate for humane issues on behalf of our animal friends.The National Association of Social Workers named Councilmember Seelbach the 2015 “Elected Official of the Year.” Locally, Chris has been named “Best Elected Official” in Cincinnati by City Beat readers two years in a row.Chris lives in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood with his long-time partner Craig Schultz, and their two cats, Ruthie & Riah.


Tom Synan- Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Co-Founder and Chief of Police of Newtown, Ohio

Tom Synan’s wide experience has provided him a unique perspective on the heroin crisis. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year veteran of the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years he has served as chief of police and SWAT team leader. In 2014, after watching the last of an entire family die from drugs, the last two from heroin, Synan helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition. He currently serves on the Coalition’s steering committee and as chairman of interdiction. He coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand.Synan testified at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on synthetic opiates and the impact fentanyl and carfentanil have had on the country. His work with the Coalition has been cited by national and international publications and media outlets, and he has spoken internationally on the heroin crisis. Having seen all the ways that heroin affects lives and all the efforts it takes to help individuals and families struggling with addiction, as well as their communities, Synan has a deep understanding of the complexity of this issue



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