Scientific information

The overall theme of the conference is, " Treating addictions where we find them" The conference will focus on the integration of addictions services into four broad mainstream service areas: health care, mental health, social services, and the criminal justice system.

Given the prevalence of persons with problematic use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in these service settings, the goal of the meeting is to consider issues ranging from service delivery for individuals with addictions in these settings to broader organizational issues about addictive behaviours in these diverse settings.





The history of the ICTAB series

Let us say a little about the ICTAB series. Begun in 1979 at Taos, New Mexico (USA). The ICTAB was designed as a meeting of researchers and clinicians to discuss common issues in the etiology, process, and treatment of addictive behaviours including alcohol and other drug abuse, smoking, and eating disorders. We seek to convey current theory and research of clinical relevance. Invited addresses are always research based, but aimed at a knowledgeable practitioner audience. After the second (1981) ICTAB at the Grand Canyon, we began organizing the meeting around a central theme. These have included Stages and Processes of Change (Scotland, 1984), Prevention and Early Intervention (Norway, 1987), Self-Regulation (Sydney, 1990), Motivation (Santa Fe, 1993), Longitudinal Perspectives (Netherlands, 1995); Family (Santa Fe, 1998), Research to Practice (Germany, 2003); Efficacious Treatments (Santa Fe, 2006); and Systems Issues (Santa Fe, 2010). A strength of the ICTAB conference is the atmosphere that is designed to promote interaction among participants. This has been facilitated by its relatively small size, and its containment within a single mid-sized facility. For ICTAB-13, the maximum enrolment will again be 300 participants. We have found that this size conference facilitates the interactive nature of the meeting.

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