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Wednesday, August 26th, 2020


August 26, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Plenary Session

Presented by: Candy Finnigan

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Breakout Session

August 26, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Millennium Health Signals Report: National Drug Use Trends

Presented by: Kelly Olson, PhD

Millennium Health, in close collaboration with the independent clinical experts, has analyzed its proprietary database of millions of drug test results from the last five years to answer some of the pressing questions associated with trends in medication use and substance abuse today. The findings from these analyses, published in the Millennium Health Signals Report and JAMA Network Open, are presented in this program. Topics include national, regional, and state findings for select drug use trends, such as illicit fentanyl, methamphetamine, and other drugs of abuse.


Thursday, August 27th, 2020


August 27, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Best Self: a new model for trauma, addiction or both

Presented by: Lisa M. Najavits, PhD

This presentation will introduce Best Self, a new recovery model for trauma and/or addiction. Best Self can be used as self-help, by family members, peers, as well as by counselors in group or individual format. It offers 36 short chapters, each addressing a specific facet of trauma and/or addiction. Examples include: How do people change?; The world is your school; Listen to your behavior; Wish versus reality; Possible selves; The language of trauma and addiction; Social pain; Why trauma and addiction go together; Forgiving yourself; Body and biology; The culture of silence; How to survive a relapse; The decision to grow; Dark feelings (rage, hatred, revenge, bitterness); Imagination; Create a healing image. Chapters can be done in any order and in as few or many sessions as time allows. It is a flexible model for any client, in any setting. Much like the well-known model Seeking Safety, this one too strives to increase hope through emphasis on ideals; offers exercises, emotionally-evocative language, and quotations to engage patients; and provides concrete strategies to build recovery skills.