Meeting the Challenge, changing the narrative: connect. Adapt. thrive.

Welcome to Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies.





The ASADS Board of Directors would like to thank you for attending our 47th Annual Conference. This year, we welcomed over 750 professionals and hosted over 67 break-out sessions. We also had over 36 exhibitors.

We hope that you found our conference informative and worthwhile. We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insights, as well as actionable and practical tools.

We are in the process of planning our 48th Annual Conference for March 18-22, 2024 , and we hope to see you next year. We are accepting course proposals for our next year’s conference. If you would like to submit a course proposal, please submit it through our website.

Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun.

ASADS Board of Directors


Call For Presentations

Quality workshops are scheduled to provide a quality educational experience that will enhance both professional growth and job performance. Do you have a presentation that you would like to offer for next year’s school? The submission deadline for the 2024 conference is November 1, 2023.

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Carl Nowell Award Recipients

The Carl Nowell Leadership Award is presented each year to honor a person who embodies the following characteristics:

  • A person who shows dedication and persistence through leadership in the field of prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse services on a local, state, and national level.
  • A person who displays steadfast commitment through relentless effort, competence, and planning to improve those services and programs.
  • A person who operates with a team mentality and recognizes that significant change is achieved only through the action of many individuals working together.
  • A person who shares a vision for exciting possibilities and possesses an absolute belief in his/her ability to make extraordinary things happen.

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2024 Carl Nowell Award. The deadline for submission is Feb 28, 2024.


Conference Location
Bryant Conference Center
240 Paul W. Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

Host Hotel
Hotel Capstone
320 Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Phone: (205) 752‐3200



ASADS exist 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.

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.


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


To lead the effort in promoting a broader understanding and acceptance of the process of addiction.


Our Board


Our team is working to plan an awesome 2024 conference experience. We encourage potential presenters to respond to our Call for Presentations for an opportunity to be included in our amazing lineup.


Continuing Education Units - CEUs

ASADS is excited to offer our conference participants CEUs.  Click the button below for ASADS CEU information.

CEU Info

Become A Sponsor

ASADS, invites you to join the family of supporters by showcasing your agency/product at this prestigious event. Our 2024 ASADS Annual Conference will be taking place from March 18-22, 2024. Our 2024 Annual Conference will feature a broad array of topics where researchers, clinicians, and educators will share their work and progress through keynote addresses, course presentations, panel discussions, numerous networking opportunities, and much more.

ASADS’s mission is to serve the professional’s needs and interests by providing affordable high-quality education so they can practice at the highest level possible. ASADS is the only conference of its size that provides high-quality education/training for substance use disorder counselors, educators, primary care professionals, pharmacists, and other addiction-focused professionals. Over 950 attendees, eager to learn the latest advancements in addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery attend our Annual Conferences each year.

Join addiction-focused professionals for three and half days of presentations, professional development, and networking opportunities by showcasing your agency, product, or organization at this prestigious event. We offer various levels of sponsorship that will fit your budget.

For more information visit email us at or call (256) 620‐3304.


Platinum Sponsor

Conference Registration for 3 Full Days
Keynote Speaker Sponsorship
Recognition on All Conference Literature and Website
Premium Exhibitor Space
Full Page Recognition in the Pre-and Post-Show
Logo in ASADS’s Event App
Name Badge with Exhibitor Ribbon
Three (3) Push Notification to Attendees
Attendee App Advertisement


Gold Sponsor

Conference Registration for 2 Full Days
Recognition on All Conference Literature and Website
Preferred Exhibitor Space
Half Page Recognition in the Pre-and Post-Show
Logo in ASADS’s Event App
Name Badge with Exhibitor Ribbon
Two (2) Push Notification to Attendees


Silver Sponsor

Conference Registration for 1 Full Day
Recognition on All Conference Literature and Website
Standard Exhibitor Space
Logo and Name in in the Pre-and Post-Show
Logo in ASADS’s Event App
Name Badge with Exhibitor Ribbon
One (1) Push Notification to Attendees


Patron Sponsor

Conference Registration for One ½ Day
Organization Name in the Pre-and Post-Show
Name Badge with Exhibitor Ribbon

Other Opportunities and Add-Ons

  • Eight (8) Available for Logo Slots
  • Deadline: February 28, 2023
  • Four (4) Available for Logo Slots
  • Deadline: February 1, 2023
  • Seven (7) Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Sponsored morning and afternoon break for all conference attendees
  • Break area signage
  • Acknowledgment of support through social media outlets
  • Recognition in the pre-and post-show throughout the conference
  • Four (4 ) slots available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Sponsored meal for all conference attendees
  • Breakfast area signage
  • Acknowledgment of support through social media outlets
  • Recognition in the pre-and post-show throughout the conference
  • One (1) slot available
  • Deadline: February 1, 2023
  • Three (3) available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Sponsored meal for all conference attendees
  • Opportunity to share about your organization during the lunch hour 15 mins
  • Lunch area signage
  • Acknowledgment of support through social media outlets
  • Recognition in the pre-and post-show throughout the conference
  • Three (3)  available Wednesday
  • Sponsored light snack for all conference attendees
  • Area signage
  • Opportunity to handout materials
  • Acknowledgment of your organization’s support through social media outlets
  • Recognition in the pre-and post-show throughout the conference

2023 Platinum Sponsors

2023 Gold Sponsors

2023 Silver Sponsors

2023 Patrons


    Call for Presentations

    ASADS is in the process of planning our 48th school to be held in 2024 and would love for you to consider applying to be a speaker/presenter. The school will be held March 18-22, 2024 at the Bryant Conference Center on the campus of the University of Alabama.

    ASADS offers a unique opportunity for professional development, information exchange and networking. It is designed to address the need for knowledge and skill development through advanced training. We have a proud history of providing education encompassing the fields of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over forty (40) years.

    We expect participants to come from a variety of settings and possess a range of skills and experience. Attendees may include prevention practitioners, treatment, recovery and youth development practitioners, state and community leaders, agency directors and staff, juvenile justice and adult corrections practitioners, people in recovery and their allies, public health practitioners, educators and faith-based groups.

    If you are interested in supporting ASADS by becoming a presenter, please complete this form including the required attachments. Early submissions will be greatly appreciated.

    Suggested Topics are listed below but not limited to the following:

    Prevention Topics include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, prevention ethics, managing disruptive behavior, sustainability planning, cultural competency and addressing behavioral health disparities underage drinking, community-level change strategies, coalition building/development, prescription drug abuse, prevention advocacy, marijuana prevention education/legalization, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, prevention programs geared toward specific populations (youth, college, military, etc.) and impact on the workplace.

    Youth Development Topics include, but are not limited to, evidence-based practices in working with youth, relationship between youth development and prevention, treatment and/or recovery, youth voice and choice, youth led campaigns, high-impact activities, creating youth friendly spaces, understanding the teen brain, and building effective relationships with youth.

    Treatment Topics include, but are not limited to, abstinence based treatment, addiction counseling competencies, treatment addressing the need of specific populations (veterans, adolescents, collegiate, gender, LGBTQ, young adults), co-occurring disorders, ethics, evidence-based programs, strategies for family treatment, medication-assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, senior population and substance use, technology based therapeutic tools, trauma, clinical supervision.

    Recovery Topics include, but are not limited to, recovery support services, role of peer based recovery support, forensic peer specialists, youth peer support, creating a culture of recovery, medication in support of recovery, recovery community organizations (funding and making the business case), science of addiction and recovery, creating the expectation of recovery, role of family and community in recovery, and addiction advocacy in local communities.

    Wellness for Professional Topics include, but are not limited to, personal wellness for substance abuse counselors, doing our own work: a parallel process, impairment prevention, setting boundaries for self-care, identifying risk factors, life balance, self-checkup, finding renewal, cultivating habits of self-care, career-sustaining strategies, burnout, coping skills, stress management, practicing mindfulness, and wellness activities-cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual.

    Leadership and Organizational Development include, but not limited to, effective leadership strategies, running efficient organizations, leadership development, promoting wellness and employee satisfaction and sustainability, quality improvement, branding, and marketing in the mental health care arena, teamwork, data and outcome measures for organizational success.


    2022 Award Recipient

    Dr. Darlene Traffanstedt, MD

    Previous Winners

    Christopher Retan (2021)Carol Potok (2020)
    Gwen Thomas-LeBlanc (2019)Sarah Harkless (2018)
    Patrick Tidwell (2017)
    Foster Cook (2016)
    Richard Bonds (2015)Theodore Mitchell (2014)
    Kathy House (2013)
    Callie Dietz (2012)Kent Hunt (2011)
    Susan Reid (2010)
    Elana Parker (2009)Carl Nowell (2008)

    ASADS is currently accepting nominations for the Carl Nowell Leadership Award to be given during the 2020 Annual School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All nominations in the area of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery are welcomed.



      Angela Camp President Bradford Health Services
      Kathy House Vice President Dept. of Mental Health
      Mike McLemore Treasurer AADAA
      Debbi Sims Metzger Secretary Dept. of Mental Health
      Lucy Douglas  Parlimentarian Sereno Ridge Recovery
      Eddie Albright Board of Dir. NAADAC
      Rebecca Bensema Board of Dir. Board of Pardons and Paroles
      Dr. Courtney Dotson Board of Dir. Dept. of Rehab Services
      Vanessa Goepel Board of Dir. University of Alabama
      Nikki Harris Board of Dir. SATTC/Morehouse School of Medicine
      Jackie Hill Gordon Board of Dir. VA Medical Center-Tuscaloosa
      Scott Holmes Board of Dir. Dept. of Youth Services
      Gail Hooper Board of Dir. Drug Education Council
      Shona Johnson Board of Dir. Dept. of Corrections
      Bridget Jones Board of Dir. Dept. of Transportation
      Rachel Kiefer Board of Dir. Dept. of Public Health
      Stephen Kiser Board of Dir. Walker Recovery Center
      Rodney Maiden Board of Dir. Troy University
      Abby Migliore Board of Dir. Board of Nursing
      Donna Oates Board of Dir. Administrative Office of Courts
      Samantha Patterson Board of Dir. NW AL Treatment Center
      Greg Snodgrass Board of Dir. Cumberland Heights
      Advisory Board
      Lynn Boyd, Ph.D Advisory Board AADAA
      Necoal Holiday Driver Advisory Board Troy University

      The list below is CEUs that were offered for the 2023 conference. We are working to verify CEUs for the 2024 conference.

      Organization Detail
      AADAA AADAA: Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies conference has been approved by AADAA. 


      Alabama Psychological Association (aPa): This program is sponsored by the Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (ASADS) and the Alabama Psychological Association (aPA). The Alabama Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Alabama Psychological Association (aPA) maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is approved for number (numeral) credit hours for psychologists by the Alabama Psychological Association (aPA). Partial attendance, late arrival, or early departure will preclude the issuance of CE credits.


      AL Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators Alabama Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators: This program has been approved for 27 hours of continuing education by the Alabama Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.


      NAADAC: ASADS is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC Provider number 111584.
      Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners: Chosen courses must meet Alabama Social Workers requirement 0502.
      NBCC: Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6600. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Alabama School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
      Alabama Board of Nursing: ASADS is an approved provider of continuing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing ABNP1475, expiration date 2/01/2025.
      ADRS: The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) to sponsor continuing education credits for counselors. Provider number 00060639.
      CRCC: CRCC acknowledges it is the responsibility of the participant to actively participate in a program for the benefit of furthering their professional education. However, CRCC encourages all providers of continuing education to actively monitor participation in a program or activity prior to awarding credit to certificates.