Addiction in one form or another has touched nearly every person in some way, devastating the lives of too many. In recent years, public awareness has begun moving away from the traditional thought that addiction in any form is largely a lack of willpower and toward recognition that it can have multiple causes, including genetic programming, differences in neurology, and environmental factors, among others.
In hopes of making the latest and best information available to every person who has been affected by or recognizes the complexity and damage of addiction, the District of Kansas federal bar is sponsoring a 1½ day Addiction Recovery Conference (ARC) on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel in Wichita, Kansas. This will be an accessible but cutting-edge program, bringing together persons to present the latest information available concerning addiction and recovery.
The conference will have presenters from all walks of life on a broad range of topics. They will include, among others, folks who continue to struggle with addictions of all kinds, folks who have achieved decades of sobriety, researchers reporting on advances in identifying causes as well as cutting-edge treatment options, successful 12-step providers, providers addressing the dual diagnosis (mental illness and addiction), renowned persons with their own stories of struggle, a look at maintaining one’s own balance while dealing with an addicted friend or family member, dealing with the overdose death of a loved one, how persons without resources or hope might find assistance, the insurance industry and treatment.
Who should attend? Anyone who is struggling with addiction, has a relative or friend who is showing signs of or who has a problem with addiction, teachers and other school personnel, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment providers, probation officers and other corrections personnel, lawyers, judges, and anyone who has an interest in helping to assist in addressing these problems. In addition to plenary sessions which are likely to be of interest to nearly all attendees, the conference will include several concurrent breakout sessions, some geared toward specific groups (e.g., teachers and other school officials, probation officers, legal professionals, medical professionals), and others which focus on a particular form of addiction (e.g., controlled substances, gambling).
Cost. The conference is free to everyone.
Continuing Education. As we complete the ARC agenda with topics and presenters, we will be seeking continuing education credit in as many different disciplines as the conference will support.