The 46th Annual Winter Symposium

Colorado Springs, United States,

The Advanced International Winter Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health, and Mental Health has provided addiction specialists, counsellors, and behavioural health professionals with world-class education and training for 45 years. This symposium creates unprecedented opportunities to share knowledge, perspectives, and cutting edge research.

Goal Commitment Predicts Cannabis Use for Adolescents in Treatment

Yifrah Kaminer, Christine M. Ohannessian & Rebecca H. Burke (2019) Goal commitment predicts cannabis use for adolescents in treatment, Substance Abuse, 40:4, 496-500, DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1573207
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Background: Commitment to change is an innovative potential mediator and mechanism of behaviour change (MOBC) that has not been examined in adolescents with cannabis use.

How Many Tries Does it Take to Resolve a Substance Use Problem? Lessons from a National Study of Recovering Adults in the U.S.

Kelly, J. F., Greene, M. C., Bergman, B. G., White, W. L., & Hoeppner, B. B. (2019). How many recovery attempts does it take to successfully resolve an alcohol or drug problem? Estimates and correlates from a national study of recovering U.S. adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(7), 1533-1544. doi: 10.1111/acer.14067
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This retrospective cohort study asks people who are in recovery or have not used alcohol or drugs for at least two years following meeting diagnostic criteria for having a SUD how many quit attempts they had made prior to success. The range was 0-100 previous attempts. 

UNODC and WHO Organize International Training on Substance Use Treatment and Care during Pregnancy

Kyiv (Ukraine), 18 December 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the framework of the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care, organized an International training on Identification and Management of Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy. More than 30 health practitioners, including obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatal care specialists, nurses, as well as specialists in substance use disorders treatment from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

UNODC Training on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders for Intersectoral Group of Panama Policymakers

Thirty-four (34) high-level decision makers from CONAPRED, the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, NGOs and other entities are participating in a three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services, being held from 10 to 12 December 2019 in Panama City, Panama. The event was inaugurated by Abraham Herrera, Executive Secretary of CONAPRED and Melissa Flynn, Director of Operations of UNODC ROPAN and was

RSMj 2020 4th Annual Scientific Meeting

Boston, United States,

The 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj) will be held from July 24-26, 2020 in Boston, MA. 

The Progress Note: Where Law & Ethics Meet Efficiency


This presentation is geared at increasing addiction counsellor understanding of the legal, ethical, and liability-related factors that come into play with clinical documentation, regardless of pay source (insurance, public funding like Medicare, or private pay, etc.) or work context (agency, private practice, etc.).

Cultivating Greater Meaning and Purpose to Prevent Relapse


Many who find themselves established in recovery are left with a lingering, internal void that represents a lack of meaning or sense of purpose in life. This lack of meaning or purpose can be a constant threat to one’s recovery. With the right guidance, anyone can learn to uncover their purpose and find a greater sense of meaning, healthy passions, and natural sources of joy.