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ECS 2023
The Premier Educational Event for Addiction Treatment & Behavioral Health Experts
November 3-5, 2023 | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

When it comes to treating addiction, we’re stronger together. The field of addiction treatment is ever-changing, and we're focused on bringing you the best possible education.

At the East Coast Symposium, formerly known as NCAD East, you’ll find yourself among like-minded peers, learning the latest, most effective strategies for addiction treatment and behavioral health, and addressing the significant challenges we must overcome. Join us as we rise above the challenges, reverse the numbers, and celebrate recovery.

Conference Attendee
Highlights from 2022

Unite together to discuss new treatment strategies, connect and engage with national and influential leaders, and take away critical knowledge to address the significant changes in addiction treatment.

National Expert Speakers
Educational Sessions
CME/CE Credits
Who Should Attend?

The East Coast Symposium is designed and accredited for professionals in the fields of addiction and behavioral health:

Social Workers
Advanced Practice Nurses
Physician Assistants
Primary Care Physicians
Others with cause commitment
Featured Faculty

View Keynote Speakers from 2022

Les Aria, PhD
Pain Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
Lead Pain Psychologist, Kaiser Northern California
Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW
Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research, Distinguished Professor & Associate Dean for Research, College of Social Work
Director of the Center on Mindfulness & Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND)
University of Utah
Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., LAC, LPC
Chief Clinical Officer, Foundry Treatment Center Steamboat
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Senior Medical Consultant, Pain Recovery Program at The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center
Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center
Clinical Director, Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas
Mary R. Woods, MSHS, LADC LCS, BC-RN
Licensed Registered Nurse & Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
NCAD has been really informative and engaging. It’s exciting to be around like-minded professionals who are all wanting to better our practice so we can better help our patients.

Primary Addiction Counselor & Outpatient Clinical Supervisor
Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services

This is the first conference I’ve attended where we get to select the breakout sessions that most fit my educational needs. I’m having a great time! Dr. Mel Pohl is a favorite; with his personal experience, who he is and what he does—he can’t get any better! He lives the story and he can deliver.

Nurse Practitioner

I really enjoyed the sessions on trauma and technology-driven treatment. NCAD provides sessions on treatment strategies that are clinically relevant and cutting-edge. I left this conference with a better sense of what is coming next in recovery, mental health, and substance-abuse treatment. The exhibit hall was awesome too! I found the information being shared by exhibitors to be useful and I had the opportunity to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while.

Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Temple University Health System

It’s been a great experience and I’ve made a lot of good connections. It was fun to see people that I know and reconnect with them and to meet new people and learn about their programs.

Community Relations Coordinator

The interaction has been great! Attendees are very receptive and have very good energy. Everyone I’ve connected with is passionate about helping people and I think that’s what really matters.

Specialty Account Executive