Addiction Specialists gather for 8th annual conference

Addiction Specialists gather for 8th annual conference

HATTIESBURG, MS - The Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals is holding their eighth annual conference April 7-10 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg to help health care professionals, educators, law enforcement, and family members understand how to help those suffering from substance addiction. 

"It is a school conference we have every year here to help educate and to inform prevention professionals [and] treatment professionals about the new and upcoming things in the field so that they can provide better services in Mississippi," said Deanna Lechtenberg, clinical services coordinator.

The four day conference will include the newest treatment options as well as keynote speakers."Things are changing all the time," said Karen West, prevention services coordinator. 

"One reason we like to offer the school every year is that we want to give new innovative ideas to our professionals and caretakers as well so that when they leave this school, they'll have tools in their tool box to go out and assist."

Approximately 171,000 Mississippi patients and family members are effected by substance abuse disorders each year, according to Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

According to MDMH, certified alcohol and drug treatment centers treated over 6,000 Mississippians last year.

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