Recovery Vermont to host conference on new approaches to the addiction epidemic April 4

Featuring State Leaders and Renowned Journalists and Speakers

Vermont Business Magazine Recovery Vermont is proud to announce that we will be holding a Recovery Leadership Conference on April 4, 2022. The conference’s theme is: “It Takes a Village: New Approaches to Vermont’s Addiction Epidemic” This is an all-day event and will be held in-person for up to 128 guests at Jenna’s House in Johnson, Vermont. The event will simulcast via a Zoom Webinar for any and all who would like to join us for this very special day. You can learn more about the agenda and purchase tickets at The day will feature three renowned speakers as well as a special presentation by Recovery Vermont and Jenna’s Promise about the Recovery Village that is being created in the Lamoille Valley.

Our opening plenary speaker will be Vermont State Senator and candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kesha Ram-Hinsdale.

Senator Ram-Hinsdale earned two bachelor’s degrees and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont in 2008 before going on to earn her Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2018. Her career in Vermont has spanned preschool education, legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence, and municipal civic engagement.

She currently works to build social equity and inclusion in non-profit organizations, businesses, school districts, and municipalities.

She served in the Vermont House from 2008 to 2016. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Vermont Attorney General’s Immigration Task Force, and as a member of the boards of Emerge Vermont, the Main Street Alliance of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Regenerative Food Network, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

Of her involvement in the conference, Senator Ram says: “As a family member of a person with a substance use disorder, and as someone who has traveled the country and the world looking at different systems of care and models for recovery, I know that Community matters. Connection, inclusion, and equity matter. Relationships matter. They are the answer, the solution. It’s not just the person who has an SUD or co-occurring condition who is affected, but also the people around them. Everyone’s path to recovery is different, and all options must be on the table So I am proud to be a part of a conference that puts these values ​​front and center, to stand alongside people who have traveled the world looking for answers to our addiction epidemic, to celebrate a model right here at home that is working and building community, and to share my vision for Vermont.”

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Johann Hari. Hari is a British writer whose first book, Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film ‘The United States Vs Billie Holiday,’ for which Johann was also an Executive Producer.

Chasing the Scream has also been adapted into a separate eight-part documentary series presented by Samuel L. Jackson to be released this year. His second book, Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions was described by the British Journal of General Practice as “one of the most important texts of recent years” and shortlisted for an award by the British Medical Association.

Johann’s TED talks ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’ and ‘This Could Be Why You Are Depressed or Anxious’ have been viewed more than 80 million times.

Johann has written over the past decade for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines and he was twice named ‘National Newspaper Journalist of the Year’ by Amnesty International. Johann’s latest book, ‘Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention’ was published in January 2022 and quickly became a bestseller.

Finally, we will have a profoundly important presentation by bestselling author and journalist, Sam Quinones. Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and has been a reporter for 35 years including ten years at the LA Times and ten years as a freelance writer residing in Mexico.

Sam has written on many topics including immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border. He is also the author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and most recently, The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth. Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015.

It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business . In 2019, Dreamland was selected as one the Best 10 True-Crime Books of all time based on lists, surveys, and ratings of more than 90 million readers.

Also in 2019, selected Dreamland as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years. In 2021, GQ Magazine selected Dreamland as one of the “50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century.”

The Least of Us, published in October 2021, is following in Dreamland’s footsteps and garnering widespread acclaim.

While tickets to attend in person sold out in only two weeks, unlimited tickets are available to attend virtually for only $10. All proceeds from the conference go to support Recovery Vermont’s Recovery Coach Academy Scholarship Fund.

Of this conference and Recovery Vermont’s vision, CEO Peter Espenshade says, “Recovery is not the exception. It is the norm. It is important to gather to study real-world examples of what is working to confront the opioid epidemic: models rooted in connection and community. We now know that the cohesion and size of our small communities can be an asset! We can all help – not just clinical experts or treatment professionals. We’re all part of the solution and there is hope. Join us on April 4th to learn more and see how your own community might benefit.”

Recovery Vermont is the hub for all things addiction recovery in Vermont. Based in Montpelier, Recovery Vermont is a non-profit organization that supports the recovery workforce by training and certifying all of Vermont’s Recovery Coaches, who help thousands of Vermonters per year.

Recovery Coaches work in all corners of the state: in all 14 of our major hospitals and 12 Recovery Centers, in employment, corrections, housing, co-occurring mental health services, harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and more.

Recovery Vermont is at the forefront of new approaches to addiction recovery and mental health supports, advocating since 1939 for excellent, humane, and readily available recovery and mental health supports. It was also the birthplace and parent organization for a number of now-independent organizations including Camp Daybreak, the Me2Orchestra, the Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences, and the Vermont Recovery Network.

Recovery Vermont is the home of the Recovery Friendly Workplaces Initiative. We lead a statewide, HRSA-partnered rural workforce initiative. And finally, we are the home of the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse, or VADIC. Learn more about us by visiting our website, or getting in touch by email.

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