Dear Colleagues, Persons in Recovery, Advocates, Stakeholders and Friends:
Greetings. I’d like to personally invite each of you to the AATOD 2013 Conference. The City of Philadelphia, its Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual disAbility Services, the State of Pennsylvania and its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs are proud to be hosting this conference.
It’s an exciting time for addiction treatment and medication assisted recovery in particular, as we continue to play an increasingly important role in health care, addiction treatment, behavioral health and recovery oriented systems of care. Our field is confronting a time of many changes and we’re meeting these changes during a time of larger nationwide and global change. The world of addiction treatment and recovery has never been a more exciting area of health care and this conference brings inspired people together to learn and dialogue in a diverse array of forums, workshops and plenary sessions to ensure our field remains at the cutting edge.
This year’s conference promises to follow in the long tradition of AATOD Conferences being the destination for state-of-the-art training for medication assisted treatment providers, policy makers and advocates from all over the world. This year, our planning committees have prepared five days of exciting, creative and critical programming. Our conference theme, Let Recovery Ring in a New Era, is woven throughout the plenary sessions, workshops, posters and hot topic roundtables.
I’d like to give you an idea of what you can expect and what we hope to achieve over the conference. There will be opportunities for those in medication assisted recovery, providers and professional staff to get advocacy certification and for medical professionals to get important credits via training in opioid dependence. We will have workshops, international and domestic, addressing recovery, health care, alcohol, benzodiazepine, cannabis use, stigma and treating the young opioid dependent person as well as innovations in co-occurring treatment. There will be tours of medication assisted programs as well as the Behavioral Health/Recovery murals throughout Philadelphia.
The plenary sessions will cover the current state of the field, the legacy of our past and the challenges and hope for the future. From beginning to end, this conference promises an engaging, diverse and dynamic schedule of events. Our planning committees have worked diligently to ensure a wonderful program. The exhibit booths will acquaint you with the latest in technology, science and products that support our work. The conference activities, welcome reception, breakfasts and refreshments breaks allow for more informal discussions with colleagues, presenters, exhibitors, and state and federal officials.
This conference, like all other AATOD Conferences, continues the celebration of the hard work and dedication of those in medication assisted recovery, those who work tirelessly to serve them by continuing to meet the challenges of our field and to excel despite setbacks. We should all be very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed.
In closing, I’d again like to thank each of you for planning to attend our conference and bringing your expertise to our gathering. You, as leaders in the field of opioid dependence and addiction, have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and participation. Throughout this conference, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us Let Recovery Ring in a New Era. My personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you.
Roland C. Lamb, MA
2013 AATOD Conference Chair