This event is free and open to the public. Please invite your family and friends!
Resource tables from local organizations and agencies in the field of addiction and recovery will be set-up to provide information to attendees.
Together we will REMEMBER those we have lost to the disease of addiction, REACH OUT to those still suffering, and RECOGNIZE those in recovery.
A Night To Listen...
Allison Langan Covington
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Moderator of Panel
Allison has more than 30 years of counseling experience with adults, adolescents and families struggling with substance misuse and mental health disorders. Following her completion of a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Auburn University, she received a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of South Alabama.
Throughout her career, Allison has been an advocate for quality patient care withing substance use and mental health treatment. Her areas of specialty include addiction assessment, treatment and recovery. In addition, she specializes in family therapy, grief recovery, anxiety, depression and life adjustment issues.
With a client centered, trauma informed foundation, Allison is trained to use individualized counseling approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, art therapy, Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy and multiple solution focused therapies.
Allison currently practices at the Alabama Primary Counseling Group, LLC in Mobile, Alabama.
Steve Loyd, M.D.
Internal Medicine; Addictionology
Experiencing addiction first-hand and the hard road to recovery has afforded Dr. Loyd the opportunity to develop a unique approach to patient care, one that is passionate, effective and empathetic. His goal is to help as many people as possible receive the quality treatment they deserve.
A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Dr. Loyd graduated from the University of Tennessee and began working as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company with duties that included liaising with and persuading targeted doctors and other healthcare providers to prescribe the company's drug. He then transitioned to Sales Representative Training Director for the Atlanta district.
Dr. Loyd left the company to attend medical school at East Tennessee State University. Upon completion of his residency in 2001, Steve practiced internal medicine in the small rural town of Elizabethton, Tennessee. His patients included many hard-working employees of the local manufacturing industry. For the last seventeen years, following his full recovery from opioid addiction, Dr. Loyd's primary focus has been to assist people suffering with Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
Dr. Loyd is the Chief Medical Officer for Cedar Recovery, an outpatient-based addiction medicine practice in Middle and East Tennessee with six locations, mainly in rural areas. He is the medical director for an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in rural Cocke County, Tennessee, which also serves an inmate population in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Dr. Loyd is the medical director at Renewal House in Nashville, which serves marginalized women in the state who are often victims of physical and sexual trauma and underlying SUDs. He is responsible for the care and treatment of at least 5,000 patients per year.
Dr. Loyd is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and has served as a Professor in the Pharmacy School at East Tennessee State University. He is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he teaches addiction medicine.
Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books Factory Man, Truvine and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors & the Drug Company that Addicted America. In 2021, Hulu released a dramatized adaptation of Dopesick as a limited television series. She was a cowriter for several episodes and an Executive Producer on the series.
In Dopesick, Beth takes you into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Through unsparing, compelling and unforgettably humane portraits of families and first responders determined to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crises comes into focus.
Beth Macy shows us that opioid drug misuse knows no bounds. Yet even in the midst of twin crises in drug misuse and healthcare, she finds reason to hope and ample signs of the spirit and tenacity that are helping the countless ordinary people ensnared by addiction build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
Beth Macy now follows her consequential book with another account of big pharma's role in killing Americans and of the frontline workers who are trying to save them -- Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis is to be released August 16, 2022.