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National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse coming up

May 17, 2012

The 28th annual National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will be held Sunday, June 10, through Thursday, June 14, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The institute is the only national program to address the challenges of alcohol and other drug abuse in rural communities. The institute highlights the latest evidence-based practices for the improvement of rural services for addiction treatment and for prevention of substance-use disorders.

Key professionals from throughout the United States present intensive study tracks, miniworkshops and special topics on current, innovative and emerging topics. Nationally known speakers will highlight the latest research and practices, providing up-to-date education for more than 250 attendees.

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

The conference opens at 7 p.m. Sunday with Dick Kessler addressing “Historical Aspects of Recovery.” Kessler, president of the Alcohol and Drug Problems Association of America, is a pioneer in the addiction treatment field. A recovered alcoholic, Kessler said, “When I got sober, I made a commitment that people deserved help; they had to know how to get help, and help had to be available. I made it my life’s mission to make sure when people needed help they would know where to go and what to do to get better.”

The closing address, “The Road from Addiction to Recovery,” will be given by Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse and the World Health Organization in efforts to raise awareness globally about addiction steps and hepatitis.

Lawford, a drug and alcohol addict for many years, works with partners in private industry, the nonprofit sector, state and federal governments and patient advocacy groups to effect change and raise awareness about these two pressing public health issues.

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

For more information, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/nri.

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