The 2018 Annual Conference: Shoot for the Stars features special events to which all attendees are invited at no additional cost!  

Letter to My Mother Special Exhibit

NAADAC is excited to welcome Letter to My Mother to the NAADAC 2018 Annual Conference. 

Letter to My Mother is a visual and literary body of work created by artist Branislav Jankic that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the Untied States. The project strives to lift the stigma of addiction and create an international support system for those suffering from this disease, particularly mothers.

When the artist’s mother, a former prescription drug and alcohol addict, was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2012, Jankic, who had experienced his own struggles with addiction throughout his teenage years, began writing a letter to his mother expressing his regrets for their dismantled relationship and his misunderstanding of her struggles, hoping to show both love and forgiveness.

On a quest to re-asses and reconcile his relationship with his mother after this painful diagnosis, he set off on a journey to bring to the forefront a narrative that is often left hidden – to produce a dialogue about motherhood and addiction outside of its stereotypically taboo associations. He was hoping to find pieces of his mother amongst other mothers suffering from addiction in the United States, which Jankic considers his home, ultimately creating one large amalgamated portrait of her through their photographs and letters, which were then published into a book, Letter to My Mother.

In the short timeframe that Jankic and his longtime friend and producer Goran Macura had to execute the project, Macura was able to reach out to 40 women across the United States, who were willing to participate in the project. Jankic and Macura traveled all over the country to meet and photograph these brave mothers and their children. By doing this, the experience was not only helpful for Jankic, but also for the contributing mothers and their children, who now had a platform to communicate their feelings through the letters and images.

Jankic’s ultimate goal for the project has become raising awareness for addiction as an illness, not a weakness, encouraging people to speak more freely about the disease, and inspiring women and mothers to seek help. In order for a new dialogue around addiction to commence, Branislav shows mothers with addiction in a different light, hoping to change societal perception of them.
Branislav Jankic (b.1983) is a Serbian artist, director, and photographer based in New York City. His work has appeared in Interview (RU, DE), GQ (UK), Vogue Homme (Japan), Elle, and Flaunt. Under the tutelage of Gian Paolo Barbieri and Bruce Weber, Jankic draws deeply from his own past as a child of displacement, of addiction, and of rebirth. His first major book of photography, Letter to My Mother (2015) was inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer and addiction. His latest collaboration, Flowers of My Life (2015), a collaboration with Gian Paolo Barbieri, debuted at Milan Fashion Week and has been praised in Vanity Fair (IT), I.D., Women’s Wear Daily, and Love Magazine (UK).

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Letter to My Mother Documentary & Panel Discussion (Saturday, October 7)

More information coming soon...

NERF Live Auction (Sunday, October 8)

Please join us from for entertainment, light refreshments, and a lively auction of items from throughout the United States to support the NAADAC Education & Research Foundation. Please register for your NERF Auction bidding number at the Registration Desk.

Comedy Show: Perfekty Broken by Mark Lundholm (Monday, October 9)

On Monday, October 9, join comedian Mark Lundholm for his hilarious and hopeful, controversial and caring show “Perfekty Broken.”   Hang onto your seats as this quickly-paced, all original, PG-35 rated comedy will enlighten, entertain, and inspire.

Mark Lundholm has performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. From world-renowned musicians, heads of state, fortune 500 companies to rehabilitation centers and convicted felons, Mark has truly entertained on the world's stage.

He's appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime, A&E, CBS, and NBC. Mark wrote and performed his own one-man show off-Broadway in New York City reaching critical acclaim, and in his spare time created the now staple DVD series 'Humor in Treatment' and the Recovery Board Game.  We’re excited to have him join us in Houston!