The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) welcomes you to the 2019 APA Convention in Chicago, August 8-11, 2019. There is unprecedented public interest in harmful alcohol and drug use and addictive disorders in the US right now. Media attention focuses on the opioid epidemic, cannabis legalization, and the growing awareness of the racial disparities brought about by the ‘war on drugs’. Addiction psychologists have made considerable strides towards improving the lives of those who seek abstinence through formal treatment. However, the vast majority of individuals who use alcohol and drugs in harmful ways never seek such treatment. Innovative strategies to reduce substance-related harm are needed to help those who are unable or unwilling to seek out or stay in traditional, abstinence-based treatment. In light of this pressing need, the theme for the 2019 APA annual meeting is "Outside the Box: Harm Reduction and Other Innovative Approaches to Studying and Treating Substance Use Behaviors" and the 2019 SoAP program will feature scientifically-grounded strategies that reduce individual, familial, community, and societal harm.
This year’s program features a stellar lineup of symposia, poster sessions, and social events. There will also be four unique training opportunities offered by Division 50 members that will take place at the Annual APA Convention between August 8-11, 2019 in Chicago, IL.