Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to Speak at Recovery Symposium

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Industry

National Symposium on Employment for People in Recovery

The symposium “Working Recovery: Why Employment is Pivotal to Sustained Addiction Recovery,” a project of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc (AHP) and sponsored by Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR), will take place Sept.14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in honor of National Recovery Month. The symposium’s keynote speaker is U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

Finding employment is vital to the addiction recovery process, and the symposium will spotlight programs and organizations working to support those with substance use disorder (SUD) who are seeking quality jobs. Various experts will provide relevant information and ideas. You can register for this virtual event here at no charge.

Georgia School of Addiction Studies

The 14th annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies is scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, with this year’s theme being “Success Through Synergy: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.” Participants can attend workshops, plenaries and keynote presentations covering new practices and ideas, along with personal stories.

This in-person gathering will take place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Individuals who complete registration by Aug. 23 will save $50, and partial registration for either of the two days is also an option. Check out the event brochure for more details.

New & Next: Media

New Book on the Healing Power of Music

The book Rock to Recovery: Music as a Catalyst for Human Transformation by musician Wes Geer and mental health researcher Constance Scharff, Ph.D., is now available. Inspired by their own experiences and Geer’s insights from working to create bands with non-musicians at mental health and addiction treatment centers, the duo set out to write about music’s power to heal from two angles:

  1. Eighteen people who were interviewed by the authors share their stories in their own words.
  2. Scientific information is presented on how music therapy can improve treatment outcomes.

A portion of the proceeds from Geer and Scharff’s book signing tour will go toward therapeutic music programming at treatment centers that lack the funds to provide such a service.

New & Next: Job Opportunities

Timberline Knolls

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Ill., is seeking licensed therapists to work with women and adolescent girls seeking treatment for eating disorders, addiction, trauma and mood disorders as a part of its faith-based program. Interested candidates should send an email to either or

New & Next: Webinars

SBIRT for Adolescents

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, will present the webinar “The Addiction Professional’s Mini Guide to SBIRT for Adolescents” on Aug. 18 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST. The webinar, catering to addiction professionals, will cover screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) approaches to treating adolescents. Registration is free.

Training Module for Prescribers

A mini-course presented by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in collaboration with the American Medical Association and Shatterproof, “Buprenorphine Mini-Course: Building on Federal Prescribing Guidance,” will focus on federal guidance for prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD). Register here at no charge.

New & Next: Community

Recovery Art Gallery Project

To share inspiration, is building our online Recovery Art Gallery. We want to feature art or imagery that has helped you or a loved one on the path to recovery from addiction. You may remain anonymous if that’s your preference. Those interested in submitting their artwork can do so here, or email with any questions.