Dr. B.J. Davis to Speak at CAADAC Conference

Dr. B. J. Davis, Clinical Director of Strategies for Change in Sacramento, will be speaking before the annual conference of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) this Friday, September 30, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. His topic is “Zero: A Study of Choice Theory’s Incredible Effectiveness at a Women’s Prison“. LifeRing members and referrers who are attending the conference are urged to attend his presentation. More information about the CAADAC conference at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Sacramento is available at the CAADAC website.

Dr. Davis is a great supporter of LifeRing, and his emphasis on choice in recovery meshes particularly well with LifeRing’s individualized personal recovery plans. Sacramento’s Strategies for Change holds ten LifeRing meetings each week and partnered with LifeRing at this year’s Recovery Month celebration at the California State Capitol.

Davis was the keynote speaker at the 2008 LifeRing Congress. (A DVD recording of the keynote address A Quality of Life Perspective is available from the LifeRing Bookstore.)

Davis consistently emphasizes that recovery has to offer the former user more than abstinence and meeting attendance. Improvement in the quality of life, whether through improved economic conditions, education, employment, and social and community connections – to name a few – is essential. In developing his argument, Dr. Davis skewers some of the sacred cows of traditional addiction treatment, including those features of the disease theory of addiction which may reduce individual self-efficacy. View a recent powerpoint presentation on this topic by Dr. Davis: Obstacles to ImplementingEvidence Based Treatment.

If you are attending the CAADAC Conference, please make a point to visit the LifeRing exhibit and to attend Dr. Davis’ presentation!