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National Addiction Conference Renamed to Include Focus on Alcohol



MARCH 8, 2018

For Immediate Release

Doug Edwards, Director, Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare
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National Addiction Conference Renamed to Include Focus on Alcohol

The Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare announces today that its signature addiction treatment conference will be renamed the National Conference on Alcohol and Addiction Disorders as it works to elevate the discussion about the impact of alcohol and drugs in our communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 88,000Americans die from alcohol-related causes annually, which is nearly 40% more than the number of deaths attributed to opioid overdoses. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Treatment Episode Data Set (SAMHSA TEDS) has consistently found that alcohol is among the leading primary or secondary substances leading to treatment center admissions. Yet public attention on alcohol has not been as widespread as with opioids, and the Institute aims to bring greater attention to alcohol use, binge drinking, underage drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome, and co-occurring use of alcohol with other drugs through the conference, its digital and print publications, and its Webinar series.

The conference will continue to offer a comprehensive curriculum addressing the wide range of drug addiction and co-occurring mental health problems, as well as a separate track for executives of behavioral healthcare organizations. Alcohol will be among a wide range of topics at the conference, widely regarded as one of the leading addiction treatment events in the country.

“Alcohol use and misuse are associated with a myriad of negative health conditions as well as billions of dollars in economic damage,” said Institute director Doug Edwards. “Even as opioids dominate headlines, we aim to ensure alcohol also remains a top priority on Americans’ radar by convening discussions for preventing underage drinking, highlighting evidence-based treatments for alcohol abuse, and celebrating those in recovery.”

The next National Conference on Alcohol and Addiction Disorders (NCAD) is August 19-22 in Anaheim, California. For more details on the conference and to register to attend, visit Dominion Diagnostics ( is the 2018 and 2019 Title Sponsor of the event.

The Institute is the producer of the country’s largest annual gathering on the opioid crisis, the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit (, as well as several regional conferences addressing opioid treatment. In addition, the Institute is launching this year the National Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit (

About the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare
The Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare is the leading education provider to behavioral healthcare professionals and allied stakeholders. Our wide range of resources includes two award-winning publications, Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare Executive; national and regional conferences; local lunch’n’learns and virtual Webinars; and topic-focused e-newsletters. The Institute continuously engages more than 200,000 professionals, including front-line clinicians and private-practice therapists; nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals; and executive-level decision makers at a wide range of for-profit, not-for-profit, public, and private mental health and substance use treatment organizations. The Institute also leads discussions among policy makers, prevention and public health officials, law enforcement personnel, and community advocates. For more information, visit