University of North Texas Recovery Conference Benefits Recovery Research

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Life of Purpose Treatment and the University North Texas hosted a recovery conference that brought national and international experts to benefit recovery research efforts to the university and Denton, Texas.

Dr. Kevin McCauley presents his latest addiction recovery research at the 2016 UNT Recovery Conference.

In an effort to ensue the highest quality of services possible, this innovative conference brought together, students, professionals, and researchers to engage in conversations related to evidence based practices and the provision of ethical services.

The Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research at the University of North Texas and Life of Purpose Treatment are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Recovery Conference was held to benefit recovery research efforts.

Thanks to the following conference sponsors: La Hacienda, Burning Tree, The Eating Recovery Center, St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center, Northbound Treatment, Jaywalker Lodge, Cirque Lodge, Transforming Youth Recovery, and Life of Purpose Treatment, the event was able to generate much-needed support to sustain the office’s ongoing efforts to provide recovery research, courses, and workshops for recovery treatment professionals.

Held on September 21 and 22, 2016, the conference featured 18 highly recognized speakers from all over the country. Sponsored by conference partners, expert speakers Mr. Earl Hightower, Ward Blanchard, M.A., LCAS, CSI, Jenni Schaefer, Joe Powell, LCDC, Mike Neatherton, and Dwayne Beason delivered powerful presentations. The event closed with an important keynote presentation by Doctor Kevin McCauley, M.D., about key findings in the substance use recovery research field.

“We are so grateful to all the top tier providers that came together to support this conference for the UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research,” said Andrew Burki, Founder and CEO of Life of Purpose Treatment. “At a time when the treatment industry is, and rightly so, receiving harsh criticism in the media for the unethical business practices of unscrupulous providers it is more important than ever for the good providers to come together and support innovative initiatives to fund legitimate recovery research at academic institutions such as the University of North Texas. I know, for a fact, that great quality care produces great outcomes. I know this because I am personally the product of that care at our fellow premium sponsor, Cirque Lodge, nearly 15 years ago and have not found it necessary to use drugs or alcohol since receiving treatment at their facility. There are literally hundreds of thousands of stories such as mine from the good providers across our country but until we collaborate and fund recovery research in a meaningful way, the treatment industry will continue to be viewed as anecdotal by both society as a whole and our legislators at the state and federal levels. Miracles with research behind them are called solutions.”

The UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research will use conference proceeds to address substance misuse by combining services in the areas of education and training, research and evaluation, technical assistance and technology development. The Office will serve as an important hub of Texas research on alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery, and will foster internationally recognized research to better understand the impact of substance use and recovery locally as well as globally.

“In an effort to ensure the highest quality of services possible, this innovative conference brought together, students, professionals, and researchers to engage in conversations related to evidence-based practices and the provision of services in the most ethical manner possible,” said Chair of the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation and the Director of the Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research at the University of North Texas, Linda Holloway. “Nationally and internationally recognized experts shared their latest research and practice and a select group of exhibitors provided resources. We are grateful to all who attended and supported this conference.”

To learn more about the recovery research office, please visit: https://recoveryresearch.unt.edu

About UNT and DDAR:
Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with 38,000 students. The Department of Disability & Addiction Rehabilitation (DDAR) offers a Minor and a Certificate in Substance Use Treatment, a B.S. in Rehabilitation Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling – both degrees are available on campus and fully online. UNT was among the first 4-year universities in Texas to offer a minor in addiction. It is the home of the UNT Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP), the first CRP in the nation to serve students with both substance use and mental health disorders. The CRP offers on campus housing dedicated to students in recovery–the Recovery Nest. DDAR is also the designated Recovery to Practice provider for addiction professionals in Texas.

About Life of Purpose:
Life of Purpose Treatment is the only primary care academically focused substance use disorder treatment facility located on college campuses across the United States. The Life of Purpose treatment model was specifically designed to treat young adults ages 17 and older whose education has been disrupted by substance misuse.

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