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Tenth Annual Ann Daugherty Symposium: Healing from Addiction with Comedy, Music and Supportive Housing

The 10th Anniversary of Our Symposium—in Case you Missed It!

This year’s Ann Daugherty Symposium has come and gone, and it was another great success! We are very grateful to our expert speakers and to everyone who came out to join us.

Whether you were there with us or couldn’t make it this year, here’s a look back at the highlights and biggest takeaways from the event.

Steve Sewell: Understanding the Grief of Addiction

Chaplain, author and professional grief counselor Steve Sewell discussed the journey of grief for people with addictions and their loved ones. The central focus of the presentation was on comforting others through the grief of addiction and helping them find hope for a brighter future. You can read more about Steve Sewell and finding hope in addiction in this post.

Jamie Johnson: A Story of Music and Recovery

Jamie Johnson, a musician and founding member of the successful bluegrass band The Grascals, shared his personal story of addiction, loss and recovery. He also explained the power of music therapy for recovery and even performed a special song about addiction that his wife wrote (seen in the video above). To learn more about Jamie Johnson’s story and the magic of music for addiction recovery, check out this post.

Tom Farley: Preventing Substance Use through Comedy

Tom Farley, brother of late comedian Chris Farley and former president of The Chris Farley Foundation, spoke about his brother’s life and death at the hands of addiction and his work keeping young people away from drugs and alcohol. In particular, he illustrated how the Foundation taught teenagers to resist drugs and alcohol using humor and the principles of improv comedy. Read more about Tom Farley and his work with The Chris Farley Foundation here, and check out his interview with FOX 59 below!

Dr. Quinn Chipley: How Technology Fuels Addiction

Dr. Quinn Chipley, MA, MD, PhD and Counseling Coordinator at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, gave a fascinating presentation examining the role that technological advancements play in enabling addiction. The biological and evolutionary forces that drive addictive behavior were also explained in depth. For more from Dr. Quinn Chipley on the science of addiction and recovery, click here.

Mike Townsend: Keeping Substance Users Off the Streets

Mike Townsend, MSSW, provided a detailed look into Recovery Kentucky, a Kentucky state housing program for recovering substance users. He highlighted the scope and objectives of the program as well as the successes it has had in reducing rates of drug use, homelessness and incarceration among former addicts. You can learn more about Mike Townsend and Recovery Kentucky in this post.

Highlighting Our Event Sponsors!

Many of our sponsors for this year’s Symposium were also present. Here are just a few of the great booths we had at the event:

Donna Vaughan, LMHC, DBH and Jessica Bosecker, LMHC of Windrose Health Network

Jeremy Watson and Stacey Totten of Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center

We’d also like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of our sponsors listed below:

Thank you again to all of our speakers and to everyone who attended our 10th Annual Ann Daugherty Symposium! We truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm for addiction treatment and recovery. See you next year!