INARMS Symposium


The INARMS (Indiana Annual Recovery Month Symposium) is held every year in September to recognize National Recovery Month. Sponsored by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the conference brings together national and local experts to discuss and educate on the best practices, programs, and information to support recovery from substance use disorder. INARMS delivers a professional platform for practitioners in the field of mental health and substance use disorder, while providing access to recovery support to learn, discuss, and share the knowledge and resources necessary to address these important issues in their communities.  

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2020 Event Details

Keynote Speakers

Maia Szalavitz

September 28th
An award-winning author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her latest book, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction uses her own story of recovery and is a New York Times Bestseller. Maia has authored and co-authored a variety of books on psychology and neuroscience and writes a column for VICE on drugs and addiction while also freelancing for publications such as the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, New York Magazine online and the Verge, among others. Szalavitz has won major awards from organizations like the American Psychological Association, the Drug Policy Alliance and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Doug Huntsinger

September 29th
In this session, Douglas Huntsinger, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, will describe the steps taken by Governor Holcomb to help Hoosiers access treatment and recover from substance use disorder. Learn about how public and private partners, state agencies, and local communities have joined forces to advance successful strategies around enforcement, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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A note on COVID-19

All COVID-19 precautions suggested by the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health and Marion County Health Department will be closely followed to keep all attendees and vendors safe and healthy. We are working on offering live streaming options for those unable to attend in person.

Breakout Sessions

The Breakout Sessions will speak to the 2020 recovery month theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” Sessions will include the best practice approaches and programming to address substance use disorder.

Call for Proposals

We are calling for workshop proposals that offer current and relevant educational experiences for individuals addressing addiction, co-occurring disorders and recovery.

Format: 75-90 minute workshop 

Suggested topic categories:

  • Recovery
  • Substances of Misuse
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Re-entry Following Incarceration
  • Prevention 
  • Children and Families Affected

If chosen to present one conference registration will be included. Additional presenters will be required to
pay the conference registration fee.

Please note: submission does not guarantee inclusion in the conference, travel expenses will be the
responsibility of the presenter.

Selection will be based on:

  1. Content: Current andrelevant material, complete clear description, complete proposal.
  2. Format: Structured session with clearly defined learning objectives.
  3. Presenter: Presenter has sufficient experience and knowledge of the subject matter.

Audio/Visual: Laptops will NOT be provided however projectors and screens will be provided for sessions. Supplies such as flip charts, markers, etc. will not be provided; if additional equipment is needed it will be the presenter’s responsibility to supply.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Monday, July, 20 2020
You will be notified of the status of your submission by July 29, 2020.

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About the National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.

Want to know more about Substance Use Disorder?
Visit our About Addiction page.


Sep 28 2020 - Sep 29 2020


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