UTPA to co-host substance abuse recovery conference Sept. 15
Posted: 08/30/2005
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Rehabilitation in partnership with the UTPA Student Development Office, the UTPA Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, UTPA Student Health Services, Rio Grande Valley Council, Inc. and Palmer Drug Abuse Program will host the Voices for Recovery Conference and Involvement Fair Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the UTPA Student Union Theater.

"This year the focus of our conference, titled 'Healing Lives, Families and Communities,' is recognizing the collective effort that goes into achieving recovery from substance use disorders," said Judith Guetzow, coordinator of the UTPA End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Project. She said attendance at the free conference can provide up to 6.5 continuing education units for professionals.

The Involvement Fair, which is free and open to the public, will showcase student organizations, volunteer/service agencies and University departments through which faculty, staff and students may get involved and get connected to opportunities on and off campus. Jointly the organizers seek to raise awareness of issues regarding substance use disorders and recovery as well as encourage changes in attitudes to eliminate the stigma surrounding substance use disorders. The events are in observance of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 16th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

Information booths for agencies/organizations are available at no charge but the registration deadline to participate is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. Parking for participating agency representatives and the public will be available in Lots A or A-6, however visitors will need to obtain a visitor's parking permit available at the main UTPA entrance information booth.

For additional information on the conference, contact Guetzow at 956/318-5240 or e-mail at To register for a booth, contact Ami L. Miell with UTPA at 956/292-7205 or e-mail at