UVU Conference on Addiction

Addiction Conference


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.



Sean Astin

Sean Astin is a film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies and the title character of Rudy. Since Lord of the Rings, Astin has served on the board of several non-profit organizations. A vocal advocate for many health and social issues, Astin is an energetic, passionate speaker who promotes a culture of volunteerism to all audiences.


Carl Hart

Carl Hart is an associate professor at Columbia University. His recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Fast Company named Hart one of the Most Creative People for 2014.

Call for Proposals

You can download the call for proposals here.


Session Descriptions



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 harristo@uvu.edu.

Conference History