"Building an Arch." This year's meeting will be focused on finding and maintaining our recovery through ACTION. We have planned a variety of AA meetings and topics with diverse speakers and new topics. See the final program and program phone/tablet app for topics, times and locations. We will utilize the speaker/discussion "round table" format during the AA meetings. Meetings will start on the hour and will be 45-50 minutes long to leave time for fellowship, coffee, etc. between the meetings.
The AA Speaker for Saturday night's banquet is Mel P of Las Vegas, NV.
The Al-Anon program will include meetings with a speaker/discussion format. Topics will include the twelve steps and recovery oriented information and issues. Opportunities will be available for AA/Al-Anon couples to participate in couples' groups. A program that meets the needs of the newcomer and the experienced Al-Anon is planned. Times and locations are announced in the final program and program phone/tablet app. Meetings will start on the hour and will be 45-50 minutes long to leave time for fellowship, coffee, etc. between the meetings.
Our Al-Anon speaker for the Friday noon banquet is Corinne S. of Philadelphia.
SPECIAL WEDNESDAY EVENING EVENT
On Wednesday evening, we will host a screening of the film "Memo To Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety." The film director, Kevin McCauley, and a panel of IDAA member experts in professional recovery issues will answer questions and discuss the film afterwards. [For those of you past IDAA attendees, we will NOT be having a call-up meeting.]
CME: The theme of the Continuing Medical Education program is "Into Action: Perspectives in Addiction Medicine." We are offering 10 hours of Category I CME through the American Academy of Family Medicine this year. The CME will be a separate and distinct aspect of this conference. Planned topics include: Neuroscience of Addiction, an Update; License to Kill-Practicing When You're Not 007; Five Fundamentals of Civility for Physicians; Complexity of Working with the Young Adult; Crucial Conversations with Your Patient-Pain, Addiction, Cannabis; The Science of Recovery-A Call to Action; To Bupe or Not to Bupe-That is the Question; Beyond Burnout-Nurturing Resilience and Rejuvenating Joy in Medicine; The Trauma of Monitoring Program Participation; and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention. See the final program and program phone/tablet app schedule for details.
Dental CE: In addition, 3 hours of Dental Continuing Education will be offered. See the final program and program phone/tablet app schedule for details. Planned topics include: Dentistry and Recovery; Challenges and Opportunities Being a State Dental Board Member in Recovery; and Safe Opioid Prescribing Guidelines as It Relates to this National Epidemic.
LUNCHEONS AND BANQUETS
A favorite part of the annual IDAA convention is the fellowship at the luncheons and banquets.
Wednesday evening there will be a welcome reception for all with food and plenty of opportunity to connect with new and old friends. See the phone/tablet app or the final program for location in the Snowbird Resort. Screening for "Memo To Self" (see above) follows immediately afterwards.
Thursday evening is the Newcomers Banquet for all registered attendees. This is a wonderful experience for all the AA and Al-Anon newcomers to be able to experience just how important they are! [A Children's Banquet is held Saturday from 6:30-10:30 p.m.-see registration form for details.]
Friday noon - ALL meeting attendees are invited to the Al-Anon Luncheon, an opportunity to hear updates and inspiring speakers in the Al-Anon program. Corrine S. will be the Al-Anon Luncheon featured speaker. Also, the Al-Anon Luncheon is an excellent chance to hear a peer selected speaker from Alateen.
[Friday night is FREE and on your own. Connect with old and new friends to meet for dinner and fellowship. There are many dinner options within the Snowbird Resort and down the canyon if you have transportation.]
Saturday evening will be the formal banquet, featuring our keynote speaker, Mel P. from Las Vegas. This is a very happy and spiritual time for all and many will be recognized for their service. Dressy or business attire is most common for this event, but you'll be welcome regardless! [A Children's Banquet is held Saturday from 6:30-10:30 p.m.-see registration form for details.]
Our final session will be the Spiritual Brunch on Sunday morning. John McDougall, Director of Spiritual Guidance at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN, will be our featured speaker and will give us a wonderful way to close out our 2017 meeting.
Breakout meetings for different disciplines and interest groups will be held at regularly scheduled times throughout the day. Rooms will be assigned for breakout meetings for the duration of the conference. Check the posted schedule or the phone/tablet app for times and locations.