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National Rural Institute to feature ‘Famous Dave’

May 2, 2013

The conference will be held Sunday, June 9, through Thursday, June 13, in the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

For more information and to register, click here. The early registration rate ends Saturday, May 25.

Dave AndersonDave Anderson, also known as “Famous Dave,” will give the opening address at 7 p.m. Sunday, “Sobriety, Freedom and a New Life! A Faith-based Message of Hope and Deliverance from Addictions.”

Along with founding the eponymous chain of barbecue restaurants, he is the former director of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and has authored two books that made New York Times best-seller lists.

The closing keynote address will be by Dick Kessler at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, “Historical Aspects of Recovery and the Field of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.”

Kessler is a nationally known addiction recovery and treatment specialist with more than 40 years of experience. He is president of the Alcohol and Drug Problems Association of America and past president of the National Alcoholism Professionals Society.

The institute is the only national program to address the challenges of alcohol and other drug abuse in rural communities. Key professionals from throughout the U.S. will highlight the latest evidence-based practices for the improvement of rural services for addiction treatment and for prevention of substance-use disorders.

Conference sessions include intensive study tracks, miniworkshops and special topics on current, innovative and emerging topics.

Preconference workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

The conference is presented by the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network and UW-Stout’s Professional Education Programs and Services. It also is sponsored by the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network; Scaife Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Justice — Bureau of Justice Assistance; and the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.


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