NAADAC Announces 2013 Annual Conference Plenary Speakers

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Most of us can't imagine waking up in the morning and being too afraid to open our mouth to say "good morning."

But according to Jerry Moe, for over eleven million kids living in addicted families in the United States, this is a daily reality. Most silently obey the cardinal rule of the addicted family: “don’t talk.”

Moe headlines a group of internationally renowned speakers who will address the NAADAC conference on the biggest issues facing the addiction-focused professionals: addiction’s impact on children and the family system; the unforeseen impact of marijuana on our youth; effective prevention programs for neighborhoods with few resources but strong community connections; strategies clinicians, programs and systems can use to re-form and respond to the clinical, financial and administrative demands for change; and a comprehensive look at the characteristics of new synthetic and natural chemicals and how they impact recovery and treatment.

All these headliners can be found at the 2013 NAADAC national conference, being held from October 11 to 14, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.

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The speakers at the NAADAC 2013 conference have helped shape the profession by contributing to the cutting edge of research and clinical practices.

Below is an outline of their background and experience and when they'll be speaking at the NAADAC conference:

Frances Brisbane, PhD, MSW

Plenary PresentationOctober 12, 2013

Dr. Frances L. Brisbane is Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is Dean of the Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute, co-sponsored by the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council in Washington, D.C., and The Morehouse Research Institute of Morehouse College. Dr. Brisbane created the 100% Drug Free Clubs, which is operated in secondary schools and churches in the United States, several African countries and the Caribbean as a model primary prevention program. She developed Project HOPE(ful) – a Spiritual Healing and Recovery Program. It is used nationally in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, churches and at spiritual retreats. She developed a model training program on Preventing and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue. It is designed for volunteer caregivers and professionals who work with terminally ill patients and others in need of intensive care.

Jerry Moe, MA, MAC, CET II

Through A Child’s Eyes
October 12, 2013

Jerry Moe is Vice President, National Director of Children's Programs for the Betty Ford Center. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, he is internationally known as an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for young children from addicted families. He is featured in the documentary Lost Childhood: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Family, and his books include: Kids' Power: Healing Games for Children of Alcoholics; Conducting Support Groups for Elementary Children; Discovery… Finding the Buried Treasure; Kids' Power Too: Words to Grow By; The Children's Place… At the Heart of Recovery; the Beamer Series for Kids and Understanding Addiction and Recovery through a Child's Eyes.

Allan L. Barger, MSW

Marijuana - What the Internet Won't Tell You
October 12, 2013

Allan Barger has 24 years of experience in the alcohol and drug field, having worked as a community volunteer, a Prevention Specialist in a community Mental Health Center, adjunct faculty at Eastern Kentucky University teaching courses on alcohol and drug problems and now as a research analyst and trainer with Prevention Research Institute. He reviews published research on marijuana, other drugs, drug effects in the human brain and the neurobiology behind the behavioral outcomes of alcohol and drug misuse. He is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism and the New York Academy of Sciences. Barger holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers with a specialty in alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. He presents nationally to professionals interacting with alcohol and/or drug-using individuals, including those in college campus systems, community mental health centers, prevention and treatment programs, Juvenile Justice, DUI Programs, Drug Court programs and Judicial Colleges. Barger lives in Palm Springs, California.

David Mee-Lee, MD

American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria and Health Reform
October 14, 2013

Dr. David Mee-Lee is a leading expert in co-occurring substance use and mental disorders with over 30 years of experience in person-centered treatment and program development. He is not your usual psychiatrist, nor is he your usual educator. He writes and speaks in down-to-earth, jargon-free language and makes learning challenging and enjoyable. Audiences consistently express satisfaction with his combination of rich content and practical approach delivered in his engaging style. His down-to-earth upbringing in Australia coupled with his Chinese heritage make for an interesting mix of dry humor and quiet wisdom. Dr. Mee-Lee is Senior Vice President for The Change Companies®. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADAC III

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Current Trends in Substance Abuse and/or Evolving Science of Addiction and Recovery
October 14, 2013

Dr. Darryl S. Inaba is currently the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, Inc. in Medford, Ore. Dr. Inaba is a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University Of California San Francisco School Of Pharmacy. He also serves as Special Consultant/Instructor for the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. While working at the Haight-Ashbury Clinics, Dr. Inaba supervised the clinical treatment of over 350,000 self-referred substance abusers. He is also noted for his work in developing culturally consistent treatment services with the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse and the Glide Memorial Church’s African American Extended Family Recovery Center in San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Inaba has served on numerous boards and commissions and he has received over 90 individual awards of merit including awards from the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Association of County Drug Program Administrators. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy in 1971.

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