39th Annual ASADS Conference


March 18 - 21, 2014


Important Reminders and Information



To foster and maintain the integrity of alcohol and substance abuse related services for consumers and provide continuing education and educational programs for professionals working with populations affected by alcohol and substance abuse.


To provide affordable quality education to the community on substance abuse treatment, prevention, and other areas of shared concern.


Our vision is to lead the effort in promoting a broader understanding and acceptance of the process of addiction. In doing so, we wish to coordinate between federal, state and local agencies to enhance the development of comprehensive educational programs focusing on alcohol and substance abuse issues. This will set a high standard of professional education and training through educational conferences and programs of continuing education.

Carl Nowell Award



We would like to invite you and your organization to join us at our 39th Annual conference for professionals involved in the enforcement, reinvention, identification,assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of chemical abuse and dependency.

Each year in the spirit of public service, a committee of addictions specialists, educators and others from related fields spend 12 months planning the Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. ASADS 2014 promises to provide a quality educational experience that will enhance both professional growth and job performance.

This Year the Conference will be held at the Bryant Conference Center located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

March 18 - 21, 2014


Honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance

11/20/2014 1:00:01 PM

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day when we honor the lives and memories of those we have lost due to anti-transgender hatred and violence.  The Trans Murder Monitoring Project, which tracks reports of bias-motivated transgender homicides globally, has reported a total of 1,612 known murders of trans people in 62 countries

Your Health Insurance Coverage Options: How to Get Covered

11/12/2014 4:07:08 PM

Get ready to apply for health insurance coverage! Enrollment for 2015 coverage opens on November 15, 2014, but you don’t have to wait until then to start getting the information you need to make the right choice. Here are some ways to get started: Understand how health insurance works. Also, if you are an immigrant

SAMHSA Needs Your Help to Improve Community Mental Health Care

11/6/2014 2:00:02 PM

SAMHSA is looking for your comments on how to improve mental health care in our communities. Register today for our upcoming listening session. America is facing a critical need for mental health services. Over 9 million adults in the United States are living with a serious mental illness, and 1 in 5 children have an

View from the Administrator: Solving the Workforce Crisis

11/3/2014 2:00:54 PM

The Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act mean that more people with behavioral health conditions can get treatment. That’s great news, but one big problem remains: There just aren’t enough behavioral health professionals to provide services and supports. SAMHSA is already working to address the workforce shortage through fellowships and

Addressing the Growing Problem of Synthetic Cannabinoids

10/23/2014 5:21:26 PM

Synthetic cannabinoids—also known as synthetic or fake marijuana—have been in the news a lot lately. Communities are growing increasingly concerned about the availability and use of these products, in part because they are easily available—sometimes without age restrictions. They can also be difficult to detect in drug tests because new synthetic cannabinoids are being produced

Discover the New SAMHSA.gov!

10/16/2014 4:01:48 AM

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve transformed SAMHSA.gov (and if you haven’t, we’ll wait here while you check it out). We’re excited to present the newly redesigned website, which we created with you in mind. Based on customer feedback, we designed a website that’s organized to make it easier for you to find the information and

From Coverage to Care: SAMHSA and CMS partner to help you make the most of your healthcare insurance

10/15/2014 5:53:47 PM

The Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to receive private health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during 2014’s open enrollment period.  Additionally, 6.7 million more individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to Medicaid expansion in many states.  As a result of the Affordable Care Act,

Let’s Talk About Depression

10/9/2014 1:00:40 PM

Depression is a common but serious mental illness.  It can impact anyone from children to older adults.  About 6.7 percent of all Americans experience major depressive disorder in any given year.  Did you know that women are far more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetimes? National Depression Screening Day is October 9th. 

Let’s Talk About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

10/8/2014 9:21:44 PM

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually begins in children aged 12 years and younger, and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 9 percent of children and youth age 13 to 18 years have ADHD and about 4.1 percent of American adults age 18 years

Let’s Talk About Bipolar Disorder

10/7/2014 1:45:35 PM

Bipolar disorder, sometimes called “manic-depressive illness,” is a serious mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels.  In any given year, it impacts approximately 2.6 percent of the American public. Bipolar disorder can be severe enough that it interferes with day-to-day activities such as going to school or work or socializing

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