UAB Medicine hosts first annual Addiction Recovery symposium

UAB’s first Addiction Recovery symposium features thought leaders and inspirational stories.

addiction recovery sympos streamThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine’s Addiction Recovery Program will host a deeper examination into a variety of issues surrounding addiction, including stigma and discrimination, advances in treatment, and navigating the road to recovery. The inaugural UAB Medicine Addiction Symposium, featuring nationally recognized experts in addiction, will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium, at the corner of 19th Street and Seventh Avenue on the UAB campus.

The symposium will also feature presentations on hospitalwide projects initiated by the UAB Addiction Scholars Program, inspirational stories from families and individuals in recovery, and training on the use of Naloxone kits.

Speakers are:

  • John Kelly, Ph.D., an addiction specialist from Harvard Medical School and founder/director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, will present a talk on addressing stigma and discrimination in substance abuse disorder.
  • Jared Dempsey, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Foundation for Recovery Initiatives and vice president of NLW Partner LLC, will address advances in the neuroscience and technology of treating the addicted patient.
  • Kitty Harris, Ph.D., executive partner for collegiate recovery with Summit BHC, a network of leading behavioral health centers throughout the United States and president of the Foundation for Recovery Initiatives, will discuss the process model of addiction and the role of resilience in patient care.

The event is free and open to the public. CME and CE credits are available. Register online.