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  • January 09, 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration for the NAADAC 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day Is Now Open!

    NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, invites you to join the family of exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers at its 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day: Learn, Connect, Advocate, Succeed, in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from September 25-30, 2020.

    Over 1,000 addiction professionals gathered in Orlando, FL for the NAADAC 2019 Annual Conference last September to hear the latest information on addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. The 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day in Washington, DC will be even bigger and better!

    Exhibiting is an excellent opportunity to present information about your organization

    and to develop new contacts. Don't miss this chance to attend one of the largest gatherings of addiction-focused professionals of the year!

    Download 2020 Prospectus

    Exhibitor Information

    The 2020 Annual Conference & Hill Day Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center will be open on September 25-27, 2020. Exhibit booth rentals are 10' x 8’ in size. Special requests for other sizes will be accommodated if possible. Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

    In-line booth: $1,500 | Corner booth: $2,000

    All exhibitors receive two full conference registration badges and inclusion in our onsite program.

    Bundle and save through our Exhibitor Maximum Exposure Package Opportunity!

    Download 2020 Exhibit Application & Contract

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    NAADAC offers a range of custom sponsorship and advertising opportunities to maximize exposure and provide companies with exclusive chances to network with other addiction-focused health care professionals and, more importantly, with decision-makers in the addiction community.

    Get your company name, logo, and services in front of over 1,000 addiction-focused health care professionals and more than 100 exhibitors!

    Available sponsorship opportunities include: conference lanyards, hotel key cards, exclusive networking receptions, conference program ads, conference mobile app ads, promotional portfolio inserts, hotel room drops, and much more!

  • January 06, 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous






    Clinician Well-Being Case Study Webinar Series


    The National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience released clinician well-being case studies in July 2019. The case studies highlight organizational initiatives that have demonstrated success in supporting well-being and reducing burnout among practicing clinicians, trainees, and/or students. 

    The second webinar in the case study webinar series, focused on the Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center, will occur on Thursday, January 16 from 2:00-3:30 pm ET. Hear directly from program developers and leadership about lessons learned, greatest challenges, and sustainability efforts of this outpatient clinic’s well-being programs and policies.

    Register for the webinar

    Watch this short video about the case studies

    Read the full case studies

  • November 25, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last year on #GivingTuesday, people all over the world contributed over $1 billion to the causes they loved.  Give today or any day and help us reach more providers and support trainings and scholarships.

    Last year, your generosity helped support our commitment to provider well-being, piloted remote training, and develop the new website you're on now!

    Thank you for all you do. Every dollar and share counts!

  • November 18, 2019 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    Re-writing our stories as part of the recovery journey

    A film being shown to clinical professionals through screening events and conferences takes the position that patients beset by trauma, addiction and other serious conditions continue to carry a false and damaging narrative of themselves, even after their life circumstances change. The film depicts workshops in which individuals are guided to weave a new story of a life that has meaning and is marked by survival.

    The author is an Arizona based physical therapist.  He says behavioral health disorders and pain commonly involve distorted signals based on environmental factors.  In the film, he discusses chronic pain with patients, “I say, 'Your reaction is going to be everything,'” Pirtle says. “If you feel this pain and hate it, you're going to ramp it up. If you feel this pain and handle it bravely, and do other things such as exercise and engaging with the world more, the pain will not take up as much real estate in the brain.”

  • October 07, 2019 1:49 PM | Anonymous
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    RECENT SURGE IN POPULARITY: Cannabidiol Popularity Raises Questions for Clinicians

    2018 marked the passage of the federal Farm Bill, which allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp (defined as Cannabis sativa with a THC content of less than 0.3% per dry weight) from which CBD oil can be extracted. This CBD, if grown on farms authorized by this legislation, is legal under the CSA. Further muddying the waters is that more than 30 states have now made some change to their cannabis laws. As such, in states such as California, one can find CBD products in dispensaries that are extracted from plants that are still considered “marijuana” under federal law and are thus, still illegal under the CSA (though federal enforcement of these laws has been practically nonexistent in recent years). This has led to a flurry of confusion in the marketplace as large national retailers such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Amazon have recently begun selling “CBD oil.” Often, the language around these products makes vague health claims, which runs the risk of reprimand from the FDA, which bans unsubstantiated health claims in consumer advertising. Additionally, the FDA has made clear that CBD (as Epidiolex is now a prescriptible medicine) cannot be included in food products, as FDA-approved medications cannot be sold as food. However, as a recent picture in The New York Times of a Brooklyn café offering CBD infused lattes would indicate, enforcement is lax. Much more well-controlled research is needed before it can be said, from the standpoint of evidence-based medicine, that low-dose CBD is an effective treatment for psychiatric ailments.

    By Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC

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  • October 02, 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    Check out the release of the most recent report from the National Academy of Medicine on October 23, 2019 at 11:30 am ET for the release of
    Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being. The event will include an overview of the report and discussion of the report’s findings, recommendations, and key messages.

    The report will examine the scientific evidence regarding the causes of clinician burnout as well as the consequences for both clinicians and patients, and interventions to support clinician well-being and resilience. 

    Report Release Event

    October 23, 2019 | 11:30 AM EDT


    Please join us on October 23, 2019 at 11:30 am ET for the report release of the new National Academy of Medicine report, Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being. The event will include an overview of the report and discussion of the report’s findings, recommendations, and key messages.

    The report will examine the scientific evidence regarding the causes of clinician burnout as well as the consequences for both clinicians and patients, and interventions to support clinician well-being and resilience. 


  • September 30, 2019 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    As Drugmakers Face Opioid Lawsuits, Some Ask: Why Not Criminal Charges Too?    

    September 19, 20196:37 PM ET                                                                                                              

    Purdue Pharma, facing a mountain of litigation linked to the opioid epidemic, filed for bankruptcy in New York week of September 16, 2019.. The OxyContin manufacturer and its owners, the Sackler family, have offered to pay billions of dollars to cities and counties hit hard by the addiction crisis.

    Purdue and other drug companies have been forced to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars so far in civil lawsuits, which currently number more than 2,000 across the U.S.

    Prosecutors say evidence shows these firms pushed highly addictive opioid pain medication while downplaying the risk of addiction and overdose. They say executives engaged in racketeering and conspiracy, misleading doctors, insurance companies and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

    But the legal action has largely remained in the civil sphere, and Rose thinks it's time for prosecutors to start treating drug companies as criminal enterprises for their role in an epidemic that — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — claimed nearly 400,000 lives between 1999 and 2017.

    Sen. Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, has called for hearings to investigate why the Justice Department hasn't put more of these drug company executives on trial. She's also demanding that the Justice Department give her office a full copy of a 2006 prosecution memo focusing on Purdue, parts of which appeared in The New York Times last year.

    Hassan says she believes the document will show that some federal attorneys wanted more serious criminal charges filed against Purdue.

    visit All Things Considered for the full story

  • September 24, 2019 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by NHADACA's Ethics Committee:

    On May 28-29, 2019, the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience hosted a public meeting in Chicago, IL to explore ways to redesign the clinical learning environment (CLE) with a focus on clinician well-being.

    Holly Humphrey expressed that systemic efforts can stimulate positive culture change. She urged the following stakeholders to take action to positively transform the culture in the CLE:

    • Academic and health care organization governance and executive leadership should invest in resources, physical and virtual spaces, policies, and processes that support optimal learning and engender clinician well-being across the clinical education continuum.
    • Accrediting organizations across health professions should periodically evaluate CLEs to hold administrators and leadership accountable for supporting positive and humanistic cultures.
    • Faculty and staff should engage in professional development to prioritize their personal well-being, support learner well-being, and improve learning environments.
    • Policymakers should enact policy improvements that prioritize clinician well-being in CLEs.
    • The research community should continuously investigate the drivers of clinician burnout and systems-level solutions to improve clinician well-being, as well as evaluate CLEs to ensure they uphold positive cultures that promote clinician well-being.

    Closing Remarks: The End is a Beginning


    Timothy Brigham, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Education at the ACGME, closed by reminding participants of the remaining work to improve clinician well-being in the CLE. He identified that some of the key factors of an ideal CLE are:

    • Empathy and compassion.
    • Enlightened leadership.
    • Prioritized well-being for everyone including students, trainees, faculty, practicing clinicians, and patients.
    •  Role models who demonstrate professional joy, curiosity, and discovery.
    •  Safe quality care for patients.

    In closing, he urged participants to consider time as the key to creating the ideal CLE; to find ways to return clinicians the gift of time to care for their patients, to care for each other, and to care for themselves.

    To view a full list of meeting minutes please visit

  • September 24, 2019 6:00 AM | Anonymous

    Our Day of Giving Is Here!

    Give today and help us work to create a healthier New Hampshire, where everyone can get the prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery supports they need.

  • September 18, 2019 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    New Hampshire PBS

    Roads to Recovery: Overdose and Brain Injury

    (Durham, August 29, 2019) - For years, Laurie Branchaud lived in fear of a phone call. “I was scared every day,” she says. Her son Ryan was struggling with opioid addiction and she dreaded a call from authorities telling her he had overdosed and died. “I always used to say he would turn around or he would die. There were two options. I never thought of the middle option.”

    While Ryan Branchaud did eventually overdose, he survived due to medical intervention but sustained a severe brain injury. His story and others are featured in the upcoming New Hampshire PBS documentary Roads to Recovery: Overdose and Brain Injury that premiered on Thursday, September 5th . The latest in a series of programs on substance misuse and recovery in New Hampshire, this installment investigates how brain injury can result from an overdose and how it can complicate addiction treatment.

    A recent increase in brain injuries among overdose survivors is partially a result of improved medical treatment of overdoses. While the injuries are not always severe, they can complicate the treatment and recovery process.

    “Brain injury symptoms can be misinterpreted as ‘they’re not really trying,’” says Lindy Keller, a Treatment and Recovery Specialist with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “If this person has had multiple overdoses they may be trying as hard as they can, but they’re limited in their capacity.”

    John Corrigan, a psychologist at Ohio State University, concurs, “One of my missions is to help substance use professionals to understand the importance of knowing what the brain injury history is of the person across from them.”   Corrigan notes that an individual with a brain injury often requires greater support, over a longer period of time, from providers, friends and family. “When you think treatment is over, it’s not.” To view this series, online please visit 

    Funding for Roads to Recovery: Overdose and Brain Injury is provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.

    About New Hampshire PBS:  New Hampshire PBS inspires one million Granite Staters each month with engaging and trusted local and national programs and services on-air, online, via mobile, in classrooms and in communities. Beyond its award-winning television programs, New Hampshire PBS is a leader in education and community engagement.

    Visit the NHBS PRESSROOM at  •  Follow NHPBS on Facebook and Twitter

    New Hampshire PBS | 268 Mast Road |  Durham, NH 03824 |  603.868.1100  •

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