2015-06-24 10:38:10.43

Annual Addiction and Recovery Conference to Take Place in Kansas City

The 12th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, themed “Partnering Science and Communities,” will be held at the Hilton Kansas City Airport from June 24-26. The conference is a result of a joint endeavor by the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse (MCPGSA), a committee comprised of addiction specialists, problem gambling program coordinators and organizations throughout a five-state region – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

“This three-day conference is the largest summit in the Midwest region focusing on problem gambling and substance abuse disorders,” said Mark Rembecki, chairperson for the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling and member of the Midwest Consortium. “The conference offers a forum of comprehensive training for professionals who provide specialized treatment services to those who are suffering and recovering from all types of addiction.”

Rembecki elaborated on the number of sessions, exhibits and keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics related to problem gambling and substance use, including cultural aspects related within addiction treatment, current research findings and emerging trends in the drug culture, among others.

“We think that this conference offers a unique collaboration of professionals working together to offer quality training on evidence-based practices,” concluded Rembecki.

“We really have something special here,” said Carol Spiker, president of MCPGSA. “The Midwest Conference brings together professionals from all aspects of the addiction and recovery fields in order to provide high-quality training.”

The event began today, June 24, at 9 a.m. with a keynote address presented by Dr. H. Westley Clark, whose organizational work includes that of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“The MCPGSA Program Committee is delighted that we have so many talented presenters to share their research and work,” said Spiker.

For a complete list of workshop sessions, presenters and conference information, visit MCPGSA.org.


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