The 9th Annual ADACBGA Conference

Join us at the exclusive Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel for 20 Content-Rich Hours of Continuing Education approved by numerous state and national professional organizations!

Plenary & Lunch Presentation Speakers

Opening Plenary & Lunch Presentation Speaker – Monday, June 28th

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is an American journalist and has been recognized with multiple Emmy awards for his tireless reporting on the opioid crisis. He has done in-depth reporting on the rise of heroin use and its connection to prescription pain meds. Because of Brandon’s reporting, Arizona lawmakers changed laws to make it legal to hand out clean needles to addicts in order to prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. 

His new memoir, Mascara Boy, is now available to purchase. It’s a powerful story about Brandon’s battle with addiction. As a young boy who was sexually assaulted, Brandon eventually escaped the pain by turning to sex & drugs. He died in a coma after two overdoses and was brought back to life. He shares with readers how he found recovery. Now, with nearly a decade of sustained recovery, Brandon’s mission is to put a face to addiction as a way to fight stigma so other individuals who live with substance use disorders and/or other process addictions can feel safe asking for help.  Brandon has had multiple TV appearances, and he was a former host of the Morning Show on the CBS affiliate in Atlanta. Brandon is now an anchor for the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. You can see many of his TV appearances here.

Middle Plenary – Tuesday, June 29th

Mark Parrino

Mr. Parrino has been involved in the delivery of health care and substance abuse treatment since 1974. He received both a Baccalaureate in Psychology (1974) and a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Administration (1982) from New York University.

Mr. Parrino served as the Director of the Gramercy Park Medical Group, an outpatient opioid treatment program (OTP), from 1980 to 1994. He also served as President of the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI).

Mr. Parrino served as the Chair of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Consensus Panel for State Methadone Treatment Guidelines, the first Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) published for national distribution. Currently, Mr. Parrino is the President of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) and continues to be responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s organizing initiatives. He also serves as the Vice President of the World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (WFTOD).

Lunch Presentation Speaker – Tuesday, June 29th

Avery Nix

Avery Nix is a person a in long term recovery. What that means to him is that he is a proud father to his 8-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, and a loving fiancé’ who shares similar visions in life together. He serves at several different capacities for his local community and state as whole, but his heart and soul rests in advocating for adolescents in self-discovery and seeking long term recovery.

Avery grew up in north Georgia and attended a local school to that area, North Hall High School. Avery played football, wrestled, and ran track. He acquired much attention during his time in high school, impacting his surroundings from the very beginning. This began laying the groundwork for his journey to personal recovery and his career in the field of addiction recovery as well. Avery finds himself advocating a lot for high school athletes, specifically, that struggle with substance use disorder. Avery has spoken on many different platforms, both nationally and locally. Avery also arranges an annual recovery event to recognize all pathways to recovery through a tournament style flag football event.

During Avery’s time of recovery, he has helped pilot and launch peer recovery coaching in the emergency departments of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, working with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. As of Late September 2018, he took a position working with adolescents as the Director of Marketing and Clinical Outreach for Eagle Overlook Recovery for Adolescents. As of August 2020, Avery joined the Clearfork Academy team as a National Business Development Representative. He continues to have a vision to spread as much hope and awareness as possible for those in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. Supporting them with the help they need is a priority.

Conference Location

 2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339

The ADACBGA Annual Conference has secured a special rate of only $169.00 per night at the exclusive Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel!

Last Day to Book with the Special Rate: Monday, June 7, 2021

Continuing Education (CE) Hours

Continuing Education (CE) Approval has been obtained or applied for from the following organizations:

  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA)
  • Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP)
  • Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA)
  • Georgia Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (GAMFT)
  • Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW)
  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)