March 4, 2016

Utah Valley University will host the 5th annual UVU Conference on Addiction Friday, March 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center on the UVU Orem campus.

Our goal is to provide information on a wide-range of issues specific to the topic of addiction. The symposium advisory committee welcomes our keynote presenter, Sean Astin, and a selection of concurrent session workshops dealing with various aspects of addiction including treatment, prevention, recovery, non-chemical addictive behavior (such as pornography, gambling, etc) and various other related issues.

The conference is designed to meet the needs of university students, addiction professionals and community participants. Based upon previous participation we anticipate over a dozen concurrent presentations to offer insight and education on addiction-specific topics. Sessions will provide information to anyone with an interest in substance abuse or compulsive addiction.

In order to provide additional resources and information to conference participants, exhibition space is being made available for community and state service providers. Exhibitors will offer information packets, guidance and insight to participants visiting their booths.

William Moyers portrait

KEYNOTE: William Moyers

William Moyers is committed to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. From "carrying the message" about addiction, treatment and recovery, to public policy and philanthropy, Moyers brings a wealth of professional expertise and an intimate personal understanding to communities across the nation. He uses his own experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery. Moyers is the author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption (2006), a memoir that became a New York Times best-seller and is now in its third printing. His book, Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery, was released October 2012 by Hazelden Publishing. Moyers has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. As a former journalist for CNN, his work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek.

David Mee Lee portrait

Plenary speaker: David Mee Lee

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM) Criteria for the Treatment of Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. Dr. Mee-Lee has over thirty years experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.



UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Center for Chance



Steps Recovery Center


Integral Biotechnology

Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital

Recovery Help


Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

UVU Student Health Center Crisis Services

UVU Veteran's Center



Parking is free in the Parking Garage for conference registrants. You can find details on this map.



For accessibility information or to request accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Services Department at:

(801) 863-8747 or

Requests should be made at least one week in advance.

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Assistant Dean

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Utah Valley University





If you're an event sponsor and would like to have a space in our Addiction Conference Exhibitor hall you can download the application here.

If you're not an event sponsor and would like to have a space in our Addiction Conference Exhibitor hall you can download the application here.

If you have any questions about exhibit space or becoming an event sponsor please contact Toni Harris at 801-863-6816 or