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Radio personality physician to highlight conference
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SAVANNAH — With the start of a new school year, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is preparing for the fourth annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies Conference. The conference will be Monday-Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, at Savannah’s Hyatt Regency hotel. This year’s event will focus on charting the course through prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Georgia School of Addiction Studies gives professionals an opportunity to earn continuing education units and exchange information with other professionals.  
The week-long conference will feature a three-hour session Sept. 1 with Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, who is famous for his nationally syndicated radio talk show “Loveline” and VH1 television show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” This day also kicks off National Recovery Month, an annual observance that takes place every September.  
“We are extremely excited about GA School because it brings together professionals across the state and gives them an opportunity to continue learning about best practices in the field,” said Dr. Frank E. Shelp, DBHDD commissioner. “Each year, GA School grows and expands its reach to include not only professionals but students who are truly our future leaders in the fields of prevention, treatment and recovery.”
On Aug. 30, the Georgia School of Addiction Studies conference will open with a lunch to welcome all participants. Dignitaries and guests will speak. A variety of workshops will be offered for CEU credit through the Alcohol and Drug Certification Board of Georgia, the Georgia Addiction Counselor Association, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and the National Association of Social Workers of Georgia. There also will be a student symposium at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 1. Students will be able to ask questions of professionals who work in the field.
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