22nd Annual Meeting General Information

22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium
December 8-11, 2011
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Phone: (800) 540-0727


The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry's (AAAP) 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, December 8-11, 2011. The conference provides physicians and allied health professionals who treat patients with substance use and mental health disorders the latest scientific developments in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. The meeting is structured to encourage interaction among clinicians from various disciplines, approaches, and settings. Meeting events include symposia, workshops, poster sessions showcasing new research in the field, Breakfast for Trainees, Discussion with the Experts, and a Case Conference with expert discussion.

AAAP Program Chair                           AAAP Program Co-Chair
John Mariani, MD                                   Steven L. Batki, MD

Important Dates

Abstract Submissions:                          Closed
Meeting Registration                            Closed
Early Bird Registration Deadline:          Register by November 1, 2011!
Travel Awards:                                       Closed                                
Research Award:                                   Closed
Exhibitor Registration:                          Closed

2011 Symposia

New Approaches to Treat Tobacco, Stimulants, and Opioid Addition

Ivan Montoya, MD and Wilson Compton, Symposium Co-Chairs; Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD; Tom Newton, MD; Katherine Beebe, PhD; and Kathleen Brady, MD
In recent years, the development of new therapeutics including biologics such as vaccines for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) has witnessed significant progress. This symposium will provide an update of the new approaches that are being investigated and appear promising for the treatment of SUD such as nicotine, stimulant, and opioid dependence. The presenters will provide information about advances in the development of new small molecules as well as biologics such as vaccines for the treatment of SUDs.

Psychosocial Factors Associated with Professional Health Program Referral, Engagement, and Satisfaction
Lisa J. Merlo, PhD, MPE, Symposium Chair; Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH; Jeffrey Selzer, MD; Michael Gendel, MD
Research has demonstrated participation in a professional health program (PHP) is associated with long-term sobriety and successful return-to-work for professionals impaired by substance use disorders. However, not all achieve a successful outcome. This symposium will examine several factors that might influence the success of treatment and monitoring. First, we will address psychiatric comorbidity, which can easily be overlooked among professionals referred to a PHP for substance-related problems. Next, we will examine personal experiences with referral to the PHP, treatment, and quality of life before and after PHP involvement.  Finally, we will discuss factors associated with PHP engagement and satisfaction.

Expanding Use of Naltrexone in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
Adam Bisaga, MD, Symposium Chair; Maria Sullivan, MD, PhD; George Woody, MD; Edward Nunes, MD
Substantial increases in the abuse of prescription opioids observed recently in the United States have resulted in sharp rises in morbidity and mortality.  While methadone maintenance remains a treatment of choice for patients with a chronic and relapsing course of opioid dependence, naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, offers an alternative approach, suitable for patients who are not eligible or interested in agonist maintenance, those who have failed prior trials and patients who are interested in discontinuing agonist maintenance but remain at risk for relapse. This symposium will provide the update on the latest research into methods that will permit expansion of naltrexone in treatment of opioid dependent individuals.

12-Step Facilitation: New Evidence from the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network
Edward V. Nunes, MD, Symposium Chair; Dennis Donovan, PhD and Dennis Daley, DSW

12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been a mainstay of community-based treatment for substance use problems for over 5 decades.  However, there are substantial gaps in our knowledge about these programs as therapeutic options.  These include questions surrounding effectiveness, such as what benefit can be expected from a patient participating in self-help groups, and which patients are most likely to benefit.  Further, when 12-step participation is recommended, patients frequently fail to attend or to become meaningfully involved.  Thus, clinicians need skills to more effectively motivate patients to attend and to support their attendance as part of a larger treatment plan.  To begin to address these questions, the NIDA-funded National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network recently completed a randomized, controlled trial of manual-guided 12-Step Facilitation therapy compared to usual treatment in a large sample of patients entering treatment for substance problems at outpatient community-based treatment programs.  The symposium will present a description of the 12-Step Facilitation intervention and outcome data from this clinical trial, as well as discussion of the implications for clinical practice.

Registration Fees

Status                                          Rate
AAAP Member …............................ $540
Non Member …............................... $650
Resident/Med Student ...................  $300
Related Health Professional…......... $300
*Spouse of a Member ..................... $275
*Spouse of a Non Member .............. $300

All conference meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included with your registration to the 22nd Annual Meeting

*Separate registration is required for spouses wishing to attend ANY conference sessions or functions.

Conference Site and Hotel Information

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
7700 E. McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA 85258

Phone: (800) 540-0727

One of the best Arizona resorts awaits you - the AAA Four Diamond Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, the luxury desert vacation retreat and exceptional Phoenix meeting destination. With time-honored traditions of hospitality unmatched among Scottsdale resorts, a lush setting and gracious décor offer modern accommodations and amenities wrapped in the elegance of historic haciendas of the past.

Restaurants, lounge and patios gaze over sun-washed mountains; cool blue pools dance under cloudless skies; tennis courts and golf courses bask in the sun, while refreshing pursuits can be found at our Amansala Spa/Salon. Masterful chefs and talented planners create weddings and theme parties fitting any occasion. And advanced technology, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and award-winning service make this site the premier choice for Scottsdale meetings and conferences. For business or pleasure, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is truly an incomparable Southwestern resort.  Click here for more information on the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center.

Reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.

Making reservations at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center:

  • Rates: Single/Double Occupancy Rooms and Suites are $225 per night. The price includes all conference meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and wireless internet access, fitness center fees, free overnight parking, lobby coffee bar (6am - 10am) complimentary printing of boarding passes, unlimited local and 800 telephone calls, newspaper delivered Monday through Saturday, incoming facsimiles, 1 hour tennis court time including racquet and tennis ball rental, 2 hour resort bicycle rental and postage for postcards and letters.
  • Phone: Reservations can be made through the Hotel's Reservation Department at (800) 540-0727. Please mention attendee code AMERIC120611 when booking your guest room.
  • Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Perfect for Phoenix weekend getaways and group meetings, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is one of the area's most popular vacation spots and conference venues. The Scottsdale Arizona resort is only 25 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is served by all major U.S. air carriers, making it both an ideal family vacation destination and a perfect property for business travelers. By arranging airport transportation at least 24-hours in advance, the Resort's limo vans will bring you directly to the resort in Scottsdale at a cost of $24.00 per person, eliminating travel hassles. Call the Bell Desk at 480-596-7535 to arrange ground transportation services or click here to fill out the Shuttle Request Form.