Q&A About Addiction
Howard Wetsman, MD, chief medical officer at the Louisiana-based Townsend addiction treatment organization, has written a book designed to offer patients and their families frank answers about addiction and recovery. Wetsman writes that his book
QAA (Questions and Answers on Addiction) grew out of questions from his patients, and focuses on the premise that addiction requires care throughout the life cycle. “New science is showing us a better way to change our society by treating this disease as a disease and giving us, for the first time, effective biological tools,” Wetsman writes in his preface.
Questions addressed in the book include “Where is addiction in the brain?”; “If this is so biological, why should I go to AA?; and “Who needs more than medicine and recovery?” Copies of the book are available by visiting Amazon.com or calling (800) 504-1714.
NAADAC Annual Conference
“Recovery for a Lifetime” is the theme of this year’s annual conference of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, to be held Aug. 27-31 in Overland Park, Kansas. Co-hosting the conference with NAADAC are the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals and NALGAP, The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies. Conference tracks will explore topics such as alternative therapies, current research, faith-based approaches, and professional development.
Scheduled speakers include Darryl Inaba, MD, lifetime fellow at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics; Lucinda Miner, PhD, deputy director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and Jerry Moe, vice president and national director of the Children’s Program at the Betty Ford Center. For more information, visit
Written History of NAATP
As part of the commemoration of its 30th anniversary, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) has published a written history of the association. “If we do not know our history, it will be very difficult for us to chart our future!” the association states in its invitation to purchase the $15 publication. The theme of the publication is “A Tradition of Leadership.” Discounts of 5% are available for orders of 10 or more copies.
In addition, NAATP has made available some details of its history through a free 18-month calendar (July 2008 through December 2009). For more information about the publication and the calendar, contact NAATP’s Sherry Anderson at
Guide to Women’s Recovery
Hazelden Foundation has released
A Woman’s Guide to Recovery, a resource intended to teach women about how to begin the recovery journey and how to understand and respond to the signs of relapse. Written by Brenda Iliff, clinical director of the Hazelden Women’s Recovery Center, the book provides an opportunity for readers to connect to the personal stories of 10 women who have overcome tremendous odds to find recovery.
“Recovery is ultimately about connections—connecting with one’s self, and with others who share your experiences,” Iliff says. “As women are wired for connection, recovery is truly a natural for women.” More information about the book is available by visiting
Higher Education for Clients
The Woodland Hills, California-based Sober College has launched a newly designed Web site to facilitate enrollment in college courses for young people engaged in addiction treatment. Sober College is a residential program for young men and women ages 17 to 26, featuring sober living residences and a learning center offering academics, counseling, and vocational support. The organization is now offering college credits to individuals who can work on a rehab program and college courses simultaneously. Each individual receives a personalized program and is monitored in the pursuit of both educational progress and a 12-Step sober living program. For more information, visit www.sobercollege.com.
National Directory of Specialists
TreatmentCenters.com is a national directory listing addiction treatment centers and therapists, offering a bridge between people seeking treatment and the programs that serve them. The directory’s free index provides assistance for individuals seeking help for alcohol or drug addiction, eating disorders, and other conditions. Detox, residential, outpatient, and peer support programs are included in TreatmentCenters.com’s listings. The site also includes discussion forums and a section in which individuals can journal about their experiences.