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Council on Chemical Abuse’s 2011 Annual Conference
“The Brain…and the Addictions”

Annually, the Council on Chemical Abuse, presents an all day conference. This year’s Annual Conference, entitled “The Brain and the Addictions”, was presented to both addiction professionals as well as those working in social service fields whose clients may be directly impacted by the disease of addiction.

Held on November 3rd, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing, “The Brain and the Addictions” focused on the last thirty years of scientific medical research validating addiction as a diagnosable and treatable brain disease. The Conference was sponsored by the Council on Chemical Abuse, Berks County Mental Health/Mental Retard-ation Program, Berks County Children and Youth Services, Substance Abuse Service Providers Association of Berks County, and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization.

George J. Vogel, Jr, Executive Director of the Council stated, ““The Council is committed to assisting profess-ionals in developing skills to address the complex issues surrounding addictions of all kinds. The Annual Conference is a testament to both this commitment as well as the impact addiction has on our community. Over 300 addiction and social service professionals were in attendance for this conference, the largest number in Council history.”

Dr. Kevin McCauley, a physician and advocate for those suffering and recovering from addictions, addressed attendees as this year’s keynote speaker. He explored the latest neuroscientific research about addiction in easily understood terms. Following Dr. McCauley’s keynote presentation, attendees participated in two workshops of their choice. Workshops included topics such as, problem gambling, sex addiction, food addiction, codependency and synthetic drugs.

The lunch presentation included an award presentation honoring individuals that have exemplified the highest standard in the areas of addiction prevention, intervention, and treatment services as well as the presentation of the Council’s most prestigious offering, the President’s Award. This year’s recipients included: Prevention Award – Elsie Szablowski, Intervention Award – Betty McDonough, Treatment Award – Brian Halstead, and President’s Award – Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams.

For more information on the presented workshops, download:  2011 Annual Conference Brochure

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