Addiction Treatment Conferences:
The Definitive Guide

This is the comprehensive guide to addiction treatment conferences coming up this year. Conferences are a valuable tool for mental health professionals and executives, and they allow you to meet with other people in the treatment space to collaborate and network. .

Attending or exhibiting at these conferences can make a substantial impact on your treatment center’s marketing and help your clinicians to gain new skills that improve their ability to help clients

Why Attend Treatment
Conferences?

Treatment conferences are valuable forums for synthesizing academic research into clinical practice and can help bridge the gap between the laboratory and the group room.

Attending conferences can also serve to grow your business, improve clinical outcomes, and give you valuable tools in the treatment space.

Networking

Outreach professionals and executives alike attend conferences to meet other professionals working in the same field. They can be a valuable resource in identifying potential markets, collaborating to create new business models, and acquainting yourself with the field as a whole.

Conferences build networking into their programming, with dedicated time in breakout rooms and social events to encourage people to get to know each other and share their expertise.

Continuing Education

Medical and mental health professionals will often have continuing education requirements to keep their licenses to practice. Most addiction treatment conferences have several opportunities for continuing education credits as they focus on bringing new science and clinical practices to the clinicians attending.

Improving Treatment

Conferences focus heavily on bringing the knowledge gained in academic and research settings into practical application. They can help show addiction treatment professionals how to improve their facilities’ effectiveness, bring new knowledge into treatment, and inspire growth in their clients.

ASCPT 2022 Online Annual Meeting

March 16–18, 2022

Intended Audience: Clinical pharmacologists.
Conference Host: ASCPT
Event Location: Online

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) is hosting its 2022 annual conference online this year. The ASCPT 2022 Online Annual Meeting is geared toward professionals working in clinical pharmacology and is supported by major drug companies like Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

If you’re interested in the development of drug therapies to treat addiction, this is the conference for you. The main topics of conversation for this conference include:

  • Translational and Precision Medicine (TPM)
  • Biomarkers and Translational Tools (BTT)
  • Early Career (EC) Community
  • Life Cycle Management (LCM)
  • Pharmacometrics and Pharmacokinetics (PMK)
  • Quantitative Pharmacology (QP)

Each topic has several speakers and opportunities for attendees to ask questions and get involved.

43rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

April 6–9, 2022

Intended Audience: Healthcare workers, public health officials, educators, and anyone interested in behavioral medicine.

Conference Host: Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
Event Location: Baltimore, MD

Hosted by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), the 43rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions is focused on the theme of “The Urgency of Adaptation.” How can behavioral medicine improve in the face of our current public health problems? Can it adapt to the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and systemic racism?
Notable talks include:

  • Building a Bridge for Behavioral Medicine
  • The Centrality of Behavior in Present and Future Pandemics
  • The Urgency of Adaptation in Behavioral Medicine
  • Stepping Up Our Science to Achieve Health Equity
  • Finding a New Mission in Burnout Recovery

And much more

This conference includes a diverse community of multidisciplinary behavioral medicine practitioners and researchers. It is geared towards health professionals who are interested in current advances in behavioral medicine.

The event also provides continuing education credits for many healthcare workers. This makes it a great space to network with leaders in the field of behavioral medicine.

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit | 2022 SAM Summit

April 18–21, 2022

Intended Audience: Counselors, social workers, psychologists, advocates, first responders, healthcare workers, public health officials, treatment center owners, advocates, and family. Anyone interested in making progress in the fight against addiction is welcome.

Conference Host: Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
Event Location: Atlanta, GA

The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit invites everyone to join this annual conference to address the addiction and opioid crisis. This event is geared toward sharing ways to prevent drug use, improve treatment, and inspire recovery.

With over 3,500 participants, this conference is one of the largest on this list. Conference attendees come from all 50 states to share their ideas about how we can make tangible progress in fighting addiction.

This year’s conference has a remarkable set of featured speakers, including Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, and Congressman Hal Rogers from Kentucky.

NAATP National 2022

May 7–9, 2022

Intended Audience: Treatment center owners, clinicians, and outreach professionals.

Conference Host: NAATP
Event Location: San Diego, CA

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers will be hosting their national conference in San Diego in May. This organization is dedicated to improving addiction services along the entire continuum of care and supporting other treatment centers through collaboration.

Over 600 clinical and industry experts attended last year’s conference in Colorado, and we expect this conference to continue to grow.

With over 45 years of experience in thought leadership in the addiction treatment field, the NAATP National creates an excellent opportunity to network with other providers, host an exhibit for your facility, and gain continuing education credits. They also host an annual golf tournament.

Uniting the Global Community to Face the Challenge of Addiction: Conference | Trainings | Networking

May 11–16, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, public health workers, recovery support workers, policymakers, and students.

Conference Host: ISSUP, ICUDDR, INLand NRC
Event Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE (online or in-person)

This international conference hosts thought leaders and clinicians from around the world to share their latest knowledge about substance use prevention, recovery support, and addiction treatment. This event is completely free to attend and lasts a full week, with presentations and speakers from around the world.

In addition to their excellent speaker lineup, several training opportunities are available for in-person attendees. The 2022 conference includes training modules on:

  • Treating adolescents with substance use disorders
  • Universal prevention, treatment, and recovery curricula
  • Community coalitions
  • Policymaker training
  • Youth forums

In addition, several programmed networking opportunities are available. Social activities, events, and breakout rooms will help attendees deepen professional relationships and gain new insight into addiction policy and research.

43rd Annual Meeting Society for Clinical Trials

May 11–16, 2022

Intended Audience: Researchers, clinicians, and students.

Conference Host: SCT
Event Location: San Diego, CA

This international conference hosts thought leaders and clinicians from around the world to share their latest knowledge about substance use prevention, recovery support, and addiction treatment. This event is completely free to attend and lasts a full week, with presentations and speakers from around the world.

In addition to their excellent speaker lineup, several training opportunities are available for in-person attendees. The 2022 conference includes training modules on:

  • Treating adolescents with substance use disorders
  • Universal prevention, treatment, and recovery curricula
  • Community coalitions
  • Policymaker training
  • Youth forums

In addition, several programmed networking opportunities are available. Social activities, events, and breakout rooms will help attendees deepen professional relationships and gain new insight into addiction policy and research.

2022 Annual Meeting American Psychiatric Association

May 21–25, 2022

Intended Audience: Psychiatrists, healthcare workers, academics, researchers, students, policymakers, mental health practitioners, educators, and advocates.

Conference Host: American Psychiatric Association
Event Location: New Orleans, LA

The American Psychiatric Association has long been one of the most powerful forces in guiding researchers and clinicians on evidence-based practices. This is the group that authors the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the canonical guide to mental illness.

This year’s meeting will host over 300 educational sessions and courses on over 50 topics. Experts in psychiatry make the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting a regular part of their schedule to hear about research and emerging trends that have real-world implications and to network with other professionals.

The theme for the 2022 Annual Meeting is “Social Determinants of Mental Health.” Presenters from NIDA, NIAAA, and SAMHSA will all be coming together to speak on this topic and to keep attendees up-to-date on upcoming changes to clinical practice.

West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders

June 2–4, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, executives, social workers, and anyone committed to treating addictive disorders.

Conference Host: WCSAD
Event Location: Palm Springs, CA

The West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders brings together like-minded professionals hoping to face the challenges of addiction together.

With a host of speakers from leading addiction treatment centers, over 40 educational sessions, and professionals from all over the country in attendance, this conference is an excellent choice for any treatment professional.

Selected topics from the program schedule include:

  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma and Addictive Disorders
  • Power of Relationship in Recovery from Addiction, Mental Illness, and Homelessness
  • The Keys to a Modern Admissions Digital Marketing Strategy: How to Analyze, Adjust, and Automate Your Admissions Channels to Thrive in a Digital-First World
  • Harm Reduction in America: Opportunities for Program & Service Expansion
  • Brain Retraining in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Mastering Techniques for Utilization Review Success
  • A New Enforcement Reality: Best Practices in Light of the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act

And many more. You can view the full program here.

International Conference on Exercise Addiction and Treatment

June 2–3, 2022

Intended Audience: Students, academics, and industry researchers.

Conference Host: WASET
Event Location: San Francisco, CA

The International Conference on Exercise Addiction and Treatment centers its two-day conference on the intricate details of a specific addiction niche.

By bringing together academics and clinicians who focus on the unique aspects of exercise addiction and treatment, you can dive into the details and nuances that are sometimes left behind at more generalized addiction conferences. This conference is more academically focused and emphasizes new research in exercise addiction.

Psych Congress Elevate

June 3–5, 2022

Intended Audience: Psychiatrists, pharmacologists, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, students, and primary care physicians.

Conference Host: Psych Congress Elevate
Event Location: Las Vegas, NV

The Psych Congress Elevate is excited to bring back in-person conferences on practical psychopharmacology and education. With a three-day event in sunny Las Vegas, this conference gives you exclusive access to leading psychiatric professionals throughout the country.

This conference focuses on bringing the latest academic research into clinical practice and educating the next generation of psychiatric professionals. A variety of topics will be included in the agenda, including:

  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • COVID-19-Related Burnout
  • DSM-5-TR Updates
  • How to be a Better Psychopharmacologist without Prescribing
  • Pharmacodynamic Drug Interactions in Psychiatry
  • Setting Up a Private Practice
  • Technology

All of this future-focused content is presented by renowned experts in their fields.

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting

June 11–15, 2022

Intended Audience: Scientists, policymakers, clinicians, psychologists, counselors, and students.
Conference Host: CPDD
Event Location: Minneapolis, MN

The 84th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence is a scientific conference dedicated to improving addiction treatment. This multidisciplinary conference emphasizes putting new scientific knowledge from the fields of biology, pharmacology, psychology, and public health into practice.

With over 1,200 attendees expected, this is a fantastic place to learn and network with researchers and clinicians who are driving addiction treatment forward.

2nd Global Congress on Advances in Mental Health and Psychiatry

June 20–21, 2022

Intended Audience: Clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, students, policymakers, public health officials, and industry professionals.
Conference Host: Peers Alley Media
Event Location: Paris, France

This international conference has a broad scope, examining aspects of mental health and psychiatry that can drive treatment forward.

This year’s theme is “Digital Psychiatry and the Promising Future for Mental Illness Prevention,” which will certainly provide a timely forum for discussing new opportunities and challenges in the virtual treatment space during the pandemic.

Mental health and psychiatric professionals from across the globe will come to discuss novel techniques and challenges for using technology to treat mental illness, and the conference also includes interactive breakout rooms for diverse learning opportunities.

The 32nd Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium

June 26–29, 2022

Intended Audience: Cannabis researchers, academics, psychologists, biologists, psychopharmacologists, and students.
Conference Host: ICRS
Event Location: Galway, Ireland

With the growing cannabis industry in the United States and throughout the world, increased attention on cannabinoids has made this long-standing conference a premier choice for professionals who want to learn more about the science of cannabinoids.

This conference focuses on all aspects of cannabinoids: therapeutic effects, abuse potential, endogenous cannabinoids, and more.

The International Cannabinoid Research Society prides itself on being the leading source of impartial science on cannabis and cannabinoids and hosts this conference as an open forum for researchers to discuss their work.

Rocky Mountain Symposium

August 5–7, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, executives, social workers, and anyone committed to treating addictive disorders.
Conference Host: RMS
Event Location: Denver, CO

The Rocky Mountain Symposium is a yearly conference on addictive disorders. With over 1,100 attendees, 40 expert speakers, and 35 educational sessions, this symposium is the perfect fit for treatment workers who want to increase their knowledge and work toward recovery together.

Topics on the 2022 Rocky Mountain Symposium agenda include:

  • Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT): Current Trends & Controversies
  • The Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Ethical Obligations, Boundaries, and Creating a Holistic Setting for Change
  • Parity Act Enforcement: How Providers Can Improve Access to Care
  • Doubling Down on Peer Support: An Opioid Treatment Program’s Approach to Utilizing Peer Support in Community-Based Services
  • Addressing Trauma in Early Recovery

You can look at the full schedule of programming here.

International Conference on Pharmacology and Addiction

August 8–9, 2022

Intended Audience: Academics, researchers, students, practitioners, and educators.

Conference Host: WASET
Event Location: New York, NY

Hosted by the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology, this conference focuses on bringing together scientists and researchers who are investigating the pharmacology of addiction.

Leading scholars from across the world are invited to submit abstracts, papers, and posters on topics such as “Addiction Treatment and Therapy,” “Personalized Medicine,” and “Neurobiological Approach to Addiction Recovery.” Many more topics are explored in depth by researchers from diverse fields to drive addiction treatment forward.

East Coast Symposium

August 19–22, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, executives, social workers, and anyone committed to treating addictive disorders.
Conference Host: ECSAD
Event Location: Baltimore, MD

Formerly known as NCAD East, the East Coast Symposium is a yearly conference that brings together the best and brightest in the addiction treatment space.

This symposium asks attendees to join panels of experts in enlightening breakout rooms that encourage collaboration in overcoming the challenges of treating addiction, listen to expert speakers from across the nation, and join over 1,100 attendees to network and learn.

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

September 8–11, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, executives, addiction outreach professionals, and anyone with a commitment to facing the challenges of addiction treatment.
Conference Host: CCSAD
Event Location: Hyannis, MA

The Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders is a Massachusetts event dedicated to helping behavioral health and addiction treatment professionals improve their quality of care.

With an emphasis on the professional treatment space, this conference brings together like-minded professionals to address the obstacles and celebrate the successes of working in recovery. The event features over 45 speakers and more than 40 educational sessions. It provides continuing education credits for mental health professionals.

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, executives, addiction outreach professionals, and anyone with a commitment to facing the challenges of addiction treatment.

Psych Congress 2022

September 17–20, 2022

Intended Audience: Psychopharmacologists, addiction treatment professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, students, and all other mental health professionals.
Conference Host: Psych Congress
Event Location: New Orleans, LA

Psych Congress is a conference entirely dedicated to the science of practical psychopharmacology. This is the go-to conference for continuing education on comprehensive psychopharmacology.
 
The conference brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners to drive the quality of mental health treatment upward and gives attendees an exciting opportunity to meet experts in the field and network with peers.

Global Exchange Conference 2022

November 1–4, 2022

Intended Audience: Addiction treatment professionals, counselors, psychologists, executives, nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care providers, and anyone with an interest in mental health, addiction, or wellness.
Conference Host: GX Conference
Event Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL

The Global Exchange Conference bills itself as the world’s largest conference on mental health, addiction, and wellness. It also just happens to be located within the magical Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, making it an excellent destination as well as a riveting educational experience.

Speakers from around the world attend the Global Exchange Conference, and speakers in 2022 include Dr. Gabor Maté and Marianne Williamson. The conference breaks down its topics into four foundations: Mental Health, Addiction, Wellness, and Leadership.

This conference is an excellent space to earn continuing education credits, exhibit treatment centers, or simply learn new science and information from thought-leaders in the addiction treatment space.

CSAM-SMCA 2022 Scientific Conference and Annual Meeting

November 3–5, 2022

Intended Audience: Medical professionals, scientists, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care providers, counselors, and mental health professionals.

Conference Host: CSAM-SMCA
Event Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Hosted by the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (also known as La Société Médicale Canadienne sur l’Addiction), this conference brings medical professionals and scientists dedicated to recovery together.

The conference focuses on improving treatment outcomes for substance use disorders, providing world-class education in addiction medicine, and giving addiction professionals a chance to network and collaborate.