Substance Abuse Treatment​​ ​​​​​​

The purpose of this conference is to address issues, trends, and approaches that are relevant to providing everyday substance abuse treatment for improving the well-being of individuals and families whom substance use disorders affect.
Based on data from 2013, illicit drug use is increasing in the United States, and alcohol use disorders continue to affect a significant number of people.  However, only an estimated 2.5 million people of the estimated 22.7 million who need treatment receive it (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2015).  Substance use disorders are affecting many people who need access to effective treatment.  The importance of this topic in Utah is highlighted by 400% increase in deaths from 2000 to 2015 from prescription drug abuse (Utah Department of Health, 2014).​
Treating substance use disorders effectively is a complex process that requires a comprehensive approach and understanding by treatment providers (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2012).  While a single conference cannot address everything related to substance abuse treatment, this conference seeks to address some important aspects of substance use and treatment that increase the attendees' understanding of and approach to clients and families affected by substance use disorders by interacting with national and local experts. Based on a recent count finding 68 substance abuse treatment agencies in Utah, this conference should be of high interest to many in our community.   ​