The AATOD 2016 Conference recently adjourned at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. Organizers reported record attendance at this year’s conference. As a result, attendees, presenters, and exhibitors enjoyed networking with more opioid treatment professionals than ever before. SMART Associates were excited for the chance to spend face-to-face time with customers from across the country and to meet new attendees.
New Strategies – Disorders, Stigma, Recovery
The conference theme, “Saving Lives: Access to Improved Health and Recovery,” shined a light on new strategies for strengthening behavioral healthcare. Related learning and networking sessions spanned all five days of this outstanding conference. Treatment professionals had the opportunity to learn more about co-occurring disorders, opioid overdose prevention, and a variety of other current issues.
Moreover, this year’s event featured a forward-thinking workshop, “The New Day Campaign: Where Stigma Ends, Healing Begins.” This promoted other healing paths to ending the stigma associated with substance use disorder. The workshop showcased poetry, music, painting, and other art forms. These were examples of how art can not only aid in the recovery process but also can serve as a way to bring about understanding and end stigma.
Appreciating Dedicated Treatment Professionals
In line with years past, Clinical Science, Vista Pharm, and SMART Management, Inc. hosted another exciting customer appreciation party. Customers ascended upon the American Visionary Arts Museum Halloween night for an evening of art appreciation, dinner, and surprises! Guests enjoyed touring the multi-floor visionary museum leisurely throughout the evening. Finally, the night concluded with a grand raffle drawing. This included an Apple Watch, FitBit, wireless bluetooth speaker, wireless travel charging station, and even a Polaroid camera. This was an excellent opportunity for professionals to relax and enjoy informal networking in a fun atmosphere.
Gift Give-Away Winner
Team SMART congratulates this year’s booth gift giveaway winner Marcelly, Clinic Manager from Turning Point Clinic. Since 2003, this Baltimore-based clinic has been providing treatment and recovery services to individuals affected by addiction. Furthermore, it is their mission to bring about hope and healing and to help create a path to move forward from the heroin epidemic.
Thank you to all who participated in our gift give away! We look forward to seeing you at the next AATOD!
Since 1984, AATOD has been encouraging and facilitating continuous improvement in behavioral healthcare. This association works with federal and state officials, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration. Additionally, they work with the World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence to improve treatment policies and international initiatives.