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February 28, 2014

Reposted with permission

Utah Valley University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will present its annual Conference on Addiction on Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center.

The conference’s opening keynote speaker is Jim Contopulos, a father who lost his son to addiction in 2010. Last year, Contopulos made a short documentary entitled “More Than an Addict” about his son’s addiction and mental illness. Contopulos will speak at 9 a.m. in the UVU Grande Ballroom. Following his remarks, Michael P. Botticelli, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Policy, will speak at 10 a.m.

“I'm very pleased that Deputy Director Botticelli agreed to speak at this conference,” said Richard Nance, director of Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment. “The direction of the national drug control strategy has changed to put more emphasis on prevention and treatment, and I think Utah is lucky to have the opportunity to hear the details from one of the architects of the strategy.”

The Conference on Addiction features several concurrent presentations intended to help participants investigate various aspects of addiction. The program will feature information to meet the interests and needs of those seeking professional information on chemical dependency as well as compulsive behavioral addiction, educational perspectives regarding prevention and treatment, and information for families and loved ones experiencing the challenges of addiction.

"For this year's conference, we have assembled an excellent line-up of presenters who will address a variety of topics relating to addiction," said Toni Harris, assistant dean of the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. "With the wonderful support of our many community partners, we are pleased to host a truly diverse educational event geared toward relevant and timely issues in our community."

"The annual UVU Conference on Addiction fills a vital need for continuing education in Utah," Nance said. "We've done a good job attracting nationally known experts on a number of different topics each year, and it is obvious that this sort of training is necessary for the vitality of the addictions field."

Community and state service providers will be on hand to provide additional resources, information packets and insight to participants visiting their exhibition booths.

This event is open to the public. Registration, which includes lunch and parking, is $40 and is available at uvu.edu/chss/addiction. The college is also offering a combined ticket for $65 that includes six CEUs approved through NASW and NAADC.