San Diego is known for its mild climate, pristine beaches, and beautiful harbors. This week, it will serve as host to one of the largest conferences in the field of substance abuse treatment. The 2011 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) kicks off Sunday morning at San Diego’s Town & Country Hotel.
Combining the strength of NAADAC, NAATP, INCASE and NALGAP with the audience of Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare magazines, NCAD showcases ideas and innovations in the fields of addiction recovery and prevention, addressing everything from treatment and medical issues to administration, finance and technology.
Coming off its inaugural conference in 2010, attendance for 2011 has increased to over 1,000 registered attendees representing almost the entire country—49 states to be exact, in addition to Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. Guests from Canada, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, and even Namibia, will also be joining us.
The exhibit hall is also bigger and better than last year. With almost 150 vendors signed on to showcase their products and services, the 2011 conference boasts the highest number of companies exhibiting in the substance abuse field.
Over 100 speakers have been selected to give presentations this year, including what are sure to be engaging addresses from H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM (SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment), Jerry Moe, MA (Betty Ford Center), and Tom Freese, PhD (UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program).
Many of those speakers will be leading one of the 70 workshops being held over the next four days, covering a wide array of current industry topics. In fact, this year’s conference offers attendees over 36 continuing education units (CEU). That’s more than last year and more than any other conference in the field.
Of course, when you’re traveling it’s always important to know where treatment options can be found. According to SAMHSA’s “treatment facility locator,” there are over 50 treatment facilities within a 10-mile radius of the conference.
Our editorial staff will be on site throughout the conference, covering everything from keynote speakers and educational sessions to awards ceremonies and exhibit hall activities. And whether you’ll be attending the conference in person or participating online, we'll have everything you need to stay up to date and engaged in the conversation.
All week, we'll be on site reporting, blogging and tweeting to keep attendees and online readers involved. We'll be updating special NCAD Conference Coverage pages online at the websites for both Addiction Professional , and its sister publication, Behavioral Healthcare. Plus, you can get involved on Twitter by using the handle #ncad2011.
And if you're attending the conference, even better! Stop by the Addiction Professional booth (610) and say hello!
Continuing coverage will be available until the conference wraps, so keep visiting for more updates.