RCC2015: Sustaining Youth and Emerging Adult Addiction Recovery

2015 Recovery Capital Conference:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Kelly

Keynote: Dr. John Kelly, Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine, and Program Director of the MGH Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS).

Facilitator: Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker, Professor, UT School of Social Work

Dr. John Kelly is one of today’s foremost researchers and thought leaders in the area of addiction recovery. He has served as a consultant to the White House Office of National Drug Policy, the US Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the US Department of Education, and to the British Parliament. He has published more than 100 scientific books, articles, and chapters in the addiction field, including the paradigm shifting book, Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research and Practices. In this session, Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker will interview Dr. Kelly about why we need to shift away from an acute, episodic addiction treatment approach towards a recovery-oriented system of care and what research tells us about the importance and effectiveness of mutual aid (e.g. 12 Step) and other forms of recovery support.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how addiction recovery language impacts perceptions.
2. Compare how, according to research, mutual aid (e.g. 12 Step) and peer support services work differently for different people.
3. Discuss what the research tells us about helping youth recovery from substance use disorders as well as the role of recovery capital.
4. Illuminate the evidence-based spectrum of varied “roads to recovery.”
5. Describe the critical factors in preventing relapse.
6. Discuss what research reveals regarding spirituality/religiosity and recovery.

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