Family Service Association of NEPA's 8th Annual National Family Week Conference: Building a Community to Conquer Opioid Addiction. Conference Objectives: - To understand core issues regarding opioid addiction. - To support civic engagement efforts to strengthen family relationships in celebration of National Family Week. - To ensure that families and community organizations obtain basic knowledge of the availability and accessibility of resources and to facilitate links between families and service providers. - To ensure that families and community organizations have the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and develop new skills. Special Sessions: Opening Session: Mark Schenker, PhD, will present an overview of the current Opiate Epidemic. The emphasis will be on the similarities with older drug epidemics (e.g. the crack epidemic of the 1980s) and the unique differences in this current problem. They will review prevalence, mortality and impact data. They will address general concepts of addiction, ideas about recovery, and treatment options and hope to provide a framework for the subsequent presenters. Keynote Address: Laurie Besden, Esq. will share her compelling personal story of an insatiable drug addiction that nearly took her life but settled for her freedom. Through an in-depth telling of her recovery journey (including her eventual reinstatement to the practice of law), she will provide information on how to identify and help attorneys and loved ones in distress due to substance use and mental health disorders, and outlines the resources for help available, including an overview of LCL’s services. The program will also include shocking statistics regarding the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders in the U.S. legal industry. Attendees will also have the opportunity to to pick between an additional 9 different workshops to attend. Continuing education credits are available.