2015 Letter from the Conference and Workshop Chairs

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2015 AATOD Conference being held March 28–April 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s conference is being sponsored by the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia along with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The conference theme, Addressing a Public Health Crisis: Opioid Dependence, places a spotlight on the growth of non-medical use of opioids in the United States and abroad. This conference will provide an opportunity to interact with some of the leading national and international treatment experts regarding opioid addiction and its treatment. In addition, there will be workshops focusing on the impact that opioid abuse is having on our public health system and on the individual health of those who abuse opioids. Since Medication Assisted Treatment is the most effective modality for the treatment of opioid addicted individuals, the professionals in our field are the experts on addressing this public health crisis. By expanding facilities’ role to provide holistic health services, we can improve the quality of life for patients, families, and communities.

The workshop committee extends an invitation to you to submit a proposal highlighting your research and/or clinical expertise in the provision of care to those with, or affected by, opioid use disorders. The Call for Presentations seeks proposals for workshops or posters that will emphasize the vast range of innovative activities and programming that align, coordinate, and integrate within a comprehensive healthcare paradigm, as well as models and best practices in support of treatment and recovery from opioid use disorders.

Building on the success of our 2013 Conference in Philadelphia, the 2015 Conference in Atlanta will focus on the magnitude and impact of prescription opioids on the healthcare system and methods to address the critical agenda of the public health crisis of non-medical use of opioids. At our Hot Topic Roundtables, you will also have the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues confronting our programs and patients, and AATOD’s efforts to seek consensus and advocate for our field as science informs policy and practice. The AATOD Conference will also continue to provide a forum for you to network, meet colleagues and friends, and celebrate treatment and recovery through Medication Assisted Treatment.

Atlanta is a city steeped in history, award-winning restaurants, great sports, and the arts. We are the birthplace of many of the influential civil rights movement leaders, the home of President Carter’s Presidential Library, and the economic and cultural center of the Southeast. We are excited for you to join us in Atlanta during the spring where
you will be able to walk to Olympic Centennial Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola.

On behalf of AATOD’s Board, our hosts, and our planning committee, it is our hope that you will submit a proposal for presentation and join us in Atlanta in 2015.



Jonathan P. Connell, MA
Conference Chair



Kellie Rollins, PsyD
Conference Chair Workshop Chair


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