EIC TV Online

Webcast Part 1: Navigating the Social Framework of New Found Recovery

December 9th 2015 | 11:00 AM PST


Our esteemed panelists will discuss the importance of accurately portraying the options people in recovery have that support those in recovery.  They will also dialogue about the dynamics of what a person in recovery goes through as they try to adapt to social and entertainment settings and create their “new normal” in a community that supports their recovery.

In addition, they will also dialogue about why it is important to use correct, and respectful terminology in stories that include prescription drug abuse, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, mental illness, and those individuals who are affected by them. They will shed light on their experiences; both first-hand and professional, during an interactive webcast that will focus on the power that the entertainment writer can have in reducing the discrimination toward people seeking treatment, or, in recovery from behavioral health issues. 

Do you have a specific question related to our webcast?
Submit it to Webcast@eiconline.org

Meet the Panelists:

Karen DiConcetto

Karen DiConcetto, Executive Producer, “Recovery Road”

In addition to writing on ABC Family’s RUBY AND THE ROCKITS, Karen has also written two pilots with Bert V. Royal, AN OPEN APOLOGY TO ALL MY EX-GIRLFIRENDS with Skydance and RECOVERY ROAD for ABC Family.  Karen currently serves as an Executive Producer for RECOVERY ROAD. As an actor, Karen’s credits include the musical parody JERSEY SHORESICAL (Bleecker Street Theater), Bert V. Royal’s DOG SEES GOD (NY Fringe Festival/Off-Broadway at the Century Center) and THE HOUSE IS BURNING (prod. Wim Wenders/Martin Scorsese, premiered Cannes ’06.)

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Jason Wahler, Actor; Treatment and Recovery Advocate

Jason Wahler will provide perspective from his own journey through recovery. Jason is perhaps best known as a reality show star from “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills”. His personal addiction eventually led him to get treatment on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and his subsequent recovery and transformation to be a recovery advocate. He is also a member of the PRISM Awards Honorary Committee and makes frequent media appearances on behalf of recovery from addiction.



Ronald (RT) Tannebaum, InTheRooms.com – Co-Founder, CEO/President

RT is the Co-Founder of InTheRooms.com. InTheRooms.com is the largest free online social network for the Global Recovery Community. ITR has over 400,000 members worldwide and another 134,000 on the InTheRooms FaceBook Page and celebrated its 7 year anniversary online on October 6, 2015. Ron has 32 years of long-term recovery and has dedicated his life to helping make the recovery movement a positive, mainstream force the world today.


Dior Vargas, Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist

Dior Vargas is a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She is a volunteer crisis counselor for CrisisTextLine and a co-facilitator for NAMI NYC Metro’s Young Adult Support Group. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards, The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations, a Voices of the Year honoree under the Impact category at #BlogHer15: Experts among Us Conference, 2015 Alternatives Conference Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQI Leadership Award.



Tim Rabolt, Graduate Fellow, GW Collegiate Recovery Program

While attending George Washington University for his undergraduate degree, he founded GW Students for Recovery, the District’s first collegiate recovery program. He’s worked for Unite to Face Addiction, was a founding member of the DC Chapter of Young People in Recovery, and spent 6 months interning for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.



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