Dirty Words and Damaging Messages: Keys to Addiction and Recovery

Dirty Words and Damaging Messages


Families and clinicians alike are familiar with terms like “enabling”, “co-dependency”, “boundaries”, “family secrets” and “hitting bottom”. Join us for a discussion of what these and other terms really mean and explore the best mindset for helping someone who struggles with addiction.

Date & Times:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
We will have 2 sessions, One (1) morning session and One (1) afternoon session
Morning Session — 8:30AM-11:30AM – Session 1: Dirty Words and Damaging Messages: Keys to Addiction and Recovery
Afternoon Session — 2:00PM-5:00PM – Session 2: Responding to Addiction – Politicians, Police, Prisons, Parents and Possibilities


Tickets are $20.00 — per credit hour ($60.00 for session 1, $60.00 for session 2, $120.00 for both 1 & 2) — $25.00 discount for students

Learning Objectives: Morning:

  • Develop a working definition of several terms common to addiction and recovery.
  • Articulate the ways in which addicted families keep themselves sick through various messages and behaviors.
  • Recognize new ways to modify patterns which may contribute to addiction within a family.

Learning Objectives: Afternoon:

  • Express a greater understanding of the scope of the current addiction “epidemic”.
  • Develop a personal/professional strategy for addressing addiction/recovery in your sphere of influence
  • Become familiar with the best mindset for dealing with addicted families.
  • Articulate the various roles that policy, law enforcement, families and individuals play in responding to addiction.

Speaker Bio: Scott J. Watson, MA, LCAC, MAC, SAP, NCC

Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor and founder of Heartland Intervention, LLC. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Watson is a staff therapist and trainer for several large EAPs (employee assistance program) in Indiana and has worked as an Assessment Specialist in one of the state’s busiest trauma centers. A qualified DOT/SAP, Scott conducts many assessments for individuals and companies. Scott’s experience and background in mental health, broadcasting, education, emergency medicine and ministry gives him a unique ability to work with addicts and families. Scott’s stories, personality and speaking style make him a sought after speaker. He holds a BA from Hope College, an Ed Cert from Indiana University and a MA in Community Counseling and Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Known for taking a loving but firm approach with clients, Scott’s success rate as an interventionist is surpassed only by the approval and gratitude of those he works with and speaks to. Scott has been committed to helping people find recovery for the past 14-plus years.

In 1999 he published The Court Report: Stories from the bleachers, fields and penalty boxes of life. In 2014, Watson co-authored an awareness campaign designed to combat youth suicide with Senator Jim Merritt. He published his second book, An Unlikely Journey: Surviving, Celebrating, and Coping With Your Life in 2015. He served as Project Manager on Kiritsis and Me: Enduring 63 Hours at Gunpoint by Dick Hall and Lisa Hendrickson (2017, MT Publishing) and is working on his final book due out in the Summer of 2018.

A regular contributor on radio station, WIBC, Scott had been featured on NPR, and television stations WTHR, WXIN, WISH, WRTV, The Indianapolis Star and numerous other media outlets. Scott is grateful that his work gives him a “Front row seat to watch people’s lives change”.

Scott J. Watson resides in Indianapolis with his family and when not working, enjoys hillbilly music, pickleball, hiking, cooking and playing the dulcimer. For 13 years he has fed thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

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