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2021 Northern Illinois

September 17-18, 2021
                                       Sauk Valley Community College 
                                                                        Dixon, IL              

Substance Use Disorder: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Advocacy Conference


Hybrid Event
Virtual or In-Person

A total of 9 CEUs are available at no charge. CEUs are issued by Rush Medical Center in conjunction with IODAPCA for the following fields: Nurses, Therapists (LCSW/MSW), Recovery Support, Counselors, CADC, Social Workers, Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers (APN and PA's)

The goal of the Northern Illinois Recover-Con event is to bring our community into greater alignment in awareness, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and the support and advocacy of recovery. 

We suffer alone, we recover together...


Auditorium Speakers
Johann Hari
Author of  Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Dr. Douglas Marlowe
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Aleksa Bembnista
Founder of Glorious Recovery
Samantha Lewandowski
Director, Recovery Friendly Workplace
State of New Hampshire
Jay Armstrong
Nationally Touring Recovery Comedian
Kurtis Matthews
Nationally Touring Recovery Comedian
Lecture Hall Presenters
Dora Wright, Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Recovery Communities Coalition
Tanya Sorrell, PhD, Director, IL SUD Regional Leadership Center - Regions 1-2
Chief Steven Howell, Dixon Police Department - Safe Passage Program

Dan Hostetler, Executive Director of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
Pastor Michelle Knight, Founder of RecoveryAlly.org
Rev. Dr. Ed Treat, President of the Center of Addiction & Faith
Nancy Phillips, Illinois Family Resource Center
Aaqil Khan, Project Director of KSB Project OPEN
Kate Frautschy, Author, Yoga and Hoop Yogini Recovery Practitioner
Sean O'Donnell, Executive Director, Foundation For Recovery, Las Vegas NV
Dr. Pratip Nag, MD., PhD, Chief Medical Officer of KSB Hospital

Luke Tomsha
Executive Director, The Perfectly Flawed Foundation
My Story - Lived Experience
Randy S. - Chicago, IL
Dave P.- Las Vegas, NV
Oliver M. - Augusta, GA
Octavio C. - Miami, FL
Jalena and Jason O. - Chicago, IL

Carly Rice
Founder of Miss Carly's - Rockford, IL
Amelia S. Plainfield, IL
Stephanie I. - Prophetstown, IL
Jordan C. - Chicago, IL
2021 CEU's

You can claim CEUs for the classes you attended now by filling out the following 2 surveys. Thank yo for participating in the 2021 Northern Illinois Recover-Con. See you next year!


Claim before 10/18/21
You must create an account with RUSH

When asked for Activity Code, just hit submit

In order to fully experience the Hybrid features you will need to download the Whova app. It is free and a link will be sent to you once you register.

Political Panel
moderated by IL State Rep Maurice West
67th District - Rockford, IL
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