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Capturing emerging trends at NCAD

September 5, 2012
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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This year’s National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Orlando, Fla., will explore clinical and management themes that are resonating nationwide and that also have significant prominence within Florida, home to one of the largest clusters of addiction treatment centers nationally and to a longstanding challenge with prescription drug misuse. We are pleased to preview a number of NCAD topics in this, our NCAD show issue.

As part of our cover story in which Treatment Research Institute (TRI) CEO Tom McLellan, PhD, says no discipline within healthcare will be as affected as much by implementation of the Affordable Care Act as addiction, we feature a companion article by TRI research scientist Adam Brooks, PhD, on strategies for monitoring progress among the new patients that health reform could introduce to the treatment community. Brooks, a speaker at NCAD in 2011, will co-present on “continuous recovery management” at this year’s conference, which takes place from Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

This issue’s feature by Dan Griffin and Rick Dauer on rethinking codependency in men’s addiction and recovery offers a preview of a session that the two authorities on men’s treatment will co-present at NCAD. Griffin blogs on men’s treatment issues at; he has pioneered the Helping Men Recover gender-specific curriculum that has its roots in gender-specific approaches for women’s services.

Our fourth annual Outstanding Clinicians Awards this year honors adolescent therapist Pat Hurt, clinical director Rawland Glass, and physician Lauren Lehmann, MD. These innovative and compassionate professionals are profiled in this issue and will be formally recognized at an NCAD presentation this fall.

On the inside back cover of this issue, we feature the third part of a four-installment Marvel Comics series highlighting the dangers of prescription drug addiction. In conjunction with the opportunity to attend several presentations on pain management topics at NCAD, conference attendees will be able to view on display the final installment in the artwork series. The final chapter will offer professionals access to timely resources and perspectives on pain management and addiction.

Conference presentations related to prescription drug abuse will explore a range of subjects, including treatment approaches for young adults with opiate addiction, an analysis of how the medical and addiction treatment communities joined efforts through one state’s prescription drug monitoring program, and information on how a Florida provider agency has sought to combat opiate addiction in two counties that experienced a spike in oxycodone-related deaths.

There is still time to register for this year’s conference; visit for details. Besides the customary strong lineup of clinical, education and policy topics, this year’s meeting will mark the introduction of the Behavioral Health Leadership Summit, a track of executive-level topics for administrators in addiction and mental health treatment agencies.