David Zealy-Wright

—“Dreamland” Interdisciplinary Read Series—

Catawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee announces its February 20 discussion on opioid addiction treatment options as part of its Interdisciplinary Read exploration of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Addiction,” by Sam Quinones.

Psychology instructor and licensed professional counselor David Zealy-Wright will present “We Are in the Epidemic—But Now What?” at noon on February 20 in the East Wing Auditorium located on the Main Campus on US Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

Zealy-Wright will provide information on Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) such as Methadone and Subutex for severe Opioid Use Disorder. Additional topics include medication side effects as well as myths and misconceptions surrounding this treatment.

A licensed professional counselor, Zealy-Wright is a licensed clinical addictions specialist, and a certified clinical supervisor. He has more than four years of experience working with medication assisted treatment for opiate dependency. He believes that addiction is a disorder, not a moral failing. He continues to work with those struggling with addiction in his private practice work and as an advocate for them in the community.

Zealy-Wright earned an associate in arts at CVCC and a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in agency counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is a full time psychology instructor at CVCC and works part time as an outpatient therapist at Solutions of Hickory. He enjoys working with diverse populations and has experience with teens, adults and couples. His specialty areas include addiction, depression, anxiety, life changes, men’s issues, relationships, and LGBTQIA issues.

During the college’s year-long examination of each year’s interdisciplinary read selection, students from various core disciplines are challenged to consider themselves as part of a larger community and society. “Dreamland” is a timely selection as Catawba County has one of the highest addiction rates in the nation.

On Tuesday, March 26 at 11 a.m., CVCC welcomes author Sam Quinones to the campus for a free public presentation.

Organizations supporting the series of discussions include the Catawba County Library System and Cognitive Connections. Financial supporters include Catawba Valley Community Foundation, United Arts Council of Catawba County, and the Beaver Family Foundation.

Individuals with a disability needing accommodations should contact CVCC’s Counselor for Students with Disabilities at least 72 hours in advance to allow time to arrange the services at 828-327-7000, ext. 4222, or [email protected].