Upcoming Events

The Task Force works with community partners to organize events that serve the diverse needs of our area. Here, you can learn about upcoming events and see which ones you want to join.

CRAFT Training for Behavioral Health Providers

The CRAFT approach can empower your clients to care for themselves while helping their loved ones.

Book Cover of 'Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment'

Oct 10, 11, and 12, 2017

St. Vincent’s Manor Auditorium, Evansville, IN

The CRAFT method has been shown to be successful in getting substance abusers to enter treatment 70% of the time it is used.

This event is open to therapists and behavioral health providers in Southwest Indiana. Space is limited. Maximum number of participants is capped at 40 people

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Get Your Loved One Clean and Sober

A Free Public Presentation by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

Book Cover of 'Keep Your Loved One Clean and Sober'

October 12 and 13 2017

Oct. 12 - Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Oct. 13 - Welborn Conference Room

Oct. 12 - 6:30 PM
Oct. 13 - 9:00 AM

The first 50 people through the door at each event will receive a free copy of Dr. Meyers' book, Get Your Loved Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. These books are available thanks to the generosity of Brentwood Springs

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Dr. Meyers co-authored the book, Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening. At this event he will walk you through his award-winning, scientifically proven CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to helping a loved one get sober. The scientifically based CRAFT approach helps you engage treatment-refusing substance users in a positive, compassionate way. This approach has been proven to improve the lives of Concerned Significant Others (CSOs), reduce the problematic addition behavior of your loved one, and increase loved one’s motivation to enter treatment. Research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the CRAFT method get their loved one to attend treatment.

Portrait of Dr. Meyers

About Dr. Meyers: Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 39 years. His CRAFT work has led Dr. Meyers and CRAFT to be one of the 14 featured segments of the Emmy Award-winning HBO Addiction series. Dr. Meyers has also been featured in Oprah magazine for his outstanding work using the Community Reinforcement Approach. Dr. Meyers is an internationally known speaker and trainer who has published over 100 scientific articles or chapters and co-authored 5 books and one manual on addiction treatment, including "Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening" and "Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members"

CRAFT Video Clip

Hear about the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention designed to help concerned significant others engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. We are bringing the scientist who co-developed this approach, Dr. Meyers, to Evansville in October, 2017, for private training sessions for behavioral therapists and for free public sessions to engage with our community.


The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force is extremely grateful for each of the following sponsors' support for this event. With your generosity, we are able bring Dr. Meyers to Evansville to train local professionals and to give two free public presentations. Thank you for your generous support!

  • Berry Plastics
  • Community Foundation Alliance
  • One National Bank
  • Toyota
  • Vanderburgh Community Foundation
  • Vectren
  • Welborn Baptist Foundation
  • Koch Foundation
  • Hammon Foundation

We are also extremely grateful for the support of all the organizations who have representatives on the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force and to these organizations for their in-kind donations.

  • Tropicana Evansville
  • Youth First Inc.
  • St. Vincent | Acension
  • Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • Brentwood Springs
  • Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Other Community Events

These events are sponsored by other groups in the community, and we are helping promote them.

Lifesavers Walk

September 9, 2017

9 AM

Evansville State Hospital
3400 Lincoln Ave.

Event Flier (PDF File)

The Heroin and Opioid Crisis: A Community Forum

Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

1st Forum - September 13, 2017
2nd Forum - September 25, 2017

1st Forum - 5:30 PM
2nd Forum - 6:00 PM

1st Forum - Bethel Church
2nd Forum - Memorial Baptist Church

The Heroin and Opioid crisis is a critical issue that affects our community and impacts every one of our neighborhoods. Join us to discuss this public health crisis and work together to face the challenges connected to this issue.

This event is presented by the Substance Abuse Council of Vanderburgh County

Bethel Temple Forum - Event Flier (PDF File)

Memorial Baptist Forum - Event Flier (PDF File)

Race for Recovery

September 16, 2017

8 AM

Eykamp Scout Center

Event Flier (PDF File)

"Hidden In Plain View"

Friday, October 6, 2017

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., Walnut Room B

This event is part of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference. Parents and community leaders attending the event will learn about the world of drug use through a teenager’s eyes through the collaboration of the session leaders.

Power To Parent

Power to Parent describes itself as, "a website and media campaign designed to help parents keep their teens healthy and safe.” Parents will find a lot of helpful information and tips on the Power to Parent website.

Power to Parent developed Hidden in Plain View, a traveling educational exhibit of a teen's bedroom designed to help educate parents about the places kids can hide drugs, drug paraphernalia and other contraband.

Past Events

You can still access information from some previous substance abuse-related events in the Evansville area.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

A 1-Day Training in Mental Health First Aid for Youth

August 22, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Johnson Hall
Health Science Building
Deaconess Hospital Main Campus

Event Flier (Word Document File)

Marti MacGibbon, "Gratitude, Celebration, and the Power for 2nd Chances"

July 20, 2017

Marti is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, and author of the nationally award-winning, bestselling memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, a gritty and humorous account of her journey through addiction that inspires recovering addicts, their families, and anyone who enjoys a gripping story of the triumph of the human spirit.

Learn more about Marti MacGibbon, here: https://www.gdaspeakers.com/speaker/marti-macgibbon/