An Addiction Conference Under California Skies

addiction conferences

Plus: The National Harm Reduction Coalition’s virtual gala, and a psilocybin grant for Johns Hopkins

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Community

California Addiction Conference

The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals’ (CCAPP) Eighth Annual California Addiction Conference runs through Oct. 31 in Newport Beach, Calif. The conference, which kicked off on Oct. 27, features experts in the field who are presenting the latest research and education. You can still register for the conference.

NAATP National

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP) is preparing to host NAATP National 2021, an annual leadership conference providing a space for education and networking, from Dec. 7 to 9 in Denver, Colo. The event will include a presentation of addiction leadership awards and addiction provider and vendor exhibit booths, with more than 500 executive, marketing and clinical attendees expected. Early-bird registration pricing ends on Oct. 31.

Peer Support Networking

Mental Health America recently announced the launch of its I Am Not Alone site, meant to provide a space to combat loneliness and foster peer support. I Am Not Alone offers a variety of group sessions, such as “Coping with Bipolar I” and “Daily Communal Gatherings” for anyone 18 or older.

Harm Reduction Multimedia Fundraising Gala

The National Harm Reduction Coalition’s (NHRC) multimedia virtual gala, called Liberation + Libations and complete with a silent auction, will take place Nov. 20 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. EST. Attendees will hear from a number of leaders in the realm of harm reduction, and community members will have a chance to showcase their performances and art. Various programs will be awarded “community choice awards,” for which community members nominate their program of choice. A recently announced presenter of note: acclaimed poet, teaching artist and TEDx speaker Alyesha Wise.

Registration costs for the fundraising event fall within the suggested $50 to $150 range of a Sliding Scale General Ticket, though people interested in free solidarity tickets may email Anyone interested in donating an auction item may also contact the NHRC at that email address.

In other news related to the NHRC, the organization is seeking a racial equity trainer, as well as candidates for two full-time positions:

New & Next: Industry

Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives Research Grant

Last week marked the provision of the first grant for direct investigation of a classic psychedelic in over 50 years on the part of The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $4 million grant, awarded to Johns Hopkins Medicine, is to be used for a three-year study in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and New York University to determine the impact of psilocybin on tobacco addiction.

Photo: Christopher Chen