9th Annual Tree of Addiction Conference

The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources held its 9th Annual Tree of Addiction Conference recently. The keynote speaker was Dr. Perry Halkitis, Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. The theme was Chemsex, Disordered Eating and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ clients: How Limited and Non-inclusive Healthcare Undermine the Health of the Population. Dr. Halkitis discussed the unique healthcare challenges of LGBT populations, obstacles for LGBTQ people face accessing high quality care, and the mistrust that LGBTQ people experience with healthcare. Conference workshops included Intimate Partner Violence Among Sexual and Gender Minority People; Eating Disorders, Health Disparities, and the LGBTQ Community; and Chemsex and the LGBTQ Community: What Mixing Sex and Drugs Looks Like. The event was well attended by advocates, concerned citizens, clinicians, law enforcement, educators, social workers/counselors, prevention workers and treatment providers. Special thanks to the event sponsors.