Sheff, author, recovering addict and subject of the movie “Beautiful Boy” will
be the keynote speaker at Harford County’s 15th Annual Addiction and
Recovery Symposium on Thursday, June 27 at Bel Air High School.
Sheff will share his struggle with substance abuse disorder, which was deeply
rooted in mental illness; his inspiring journey to recovery, and the impact of
his addiction on his family. The movie “Beautiful Boy” is based on Nic’s New
York Times bestselling memoir, “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” and his
father’s bestseller of the same title. This major motion picture stars Timothee
Chalamet as Nic, and Steve Carell as his father, David.
exciting symposium lineup also features Cortney Lovell, an international leader
in recovery coaching; Kristine Hitchens Ph.D., LCSW-C, LCADC, CCDC, NBCCH, who
will present on trauma’s impact before, during and after addiction, and expert
panel discussions on substance-exposed newborns and recovery courts.
Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy holds this yearly symposium to
educate professionals and the public on issues surrounding addiction, treatment
and recovery. The free conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers
continuing education credits for professionals in the fields of addiction,
professional counseling, social work, and emergency services. The symposium is
also an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn more about addiction
and recovery resources in the community, gain greater understanding about this
deadly brain disease, and enjoy inspiring, nationally renowned speakers.
year’s focus on the impact of addiction on the family and expansion of
continuing education to other professional groups are efforts to encourage
broader attendance; to draw mental health and treatment professionals to
Harford County, and to foster collaboration between treatment providers, the
recovery community, and the public. Attendees will benefit from learning the
latest developments, approaches and techniques in the fields of prevention and
recovery. Throughout the day, participants are also able to visit and network
with over 25 different exhibitors.
symposium is an important component of Harford County’s awareness strategy,”
said Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. “We truly appreciate the
tremendous support from our sponsors, partners and speakers.”
symposium is held in partnership with Harford County Public Schools and
sponsored by APGFCU, Ashley Addiction Treatment, Delphi Behavioral Health
Group, Klein’s ShopRite, and the Harford County Local Management Board.
Registration is required. To register, sponsor, or inquire about being a vendor, visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/ODCP .