The HGTC Addiction and Recovery Series
The Addiction and Recovery lecture series was created in 2008 by Physics Professor Casey King to change the face of recovery and reduce the stigma our society places on those in recovery.
The goals of the Addiction and Recovery lecture series are to:
- Increase public awareness of recovery in our community,
- Educate the public on the biology and psychological basis that drives many addictions,
- Demonstrate that addiction crosses all social and economic boundaries,
- Reduce the stigma our culture assigns to those in recovery and
- To demonstrate that recovery from addictions is possible through a multitude of methods and can be free to those who want it.
If you would like to support the Addiction & Recovery Lecture Series, please visit hgtc.edu/give.
2023 Complete Schedule of Events
All events will take place in the Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium, Conway campus, Building 1100.
No registration required. A catered dinner will take place in Café 1100 from 6-7 pm prior to each event.
Thursday, February 2, 2023, 7 pm - 9 pm
The former child star—best known as Willis Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes—speaks of his struggles with addiction, brushes with the law, and fierce fight to carve a path through the darkness and find his true identity.
For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from painful childhood events that paved the road to his own personal hell. Bridges burst to the national forefront on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes as the subject of the popular catchphrase, “What’chu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” When the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera traumas he had faced.
Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon lost control.
Bridges opens up about his life before and after Diff’rent Strokes: the incredible reversals of fortune brought on by fame and the precipitous—and very public—descent that followed; the persecution from police; the drug addiction that nearly consumed him; the criminal charges that almost earned him a life sentence; and his successful legal defense led by Johnnie Cochran. His triumphant story of recovery and redemption is recounted here as well.
Kevin McCauley, MD
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7 pm - 9 pm
Kevin McCauley, MD, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work is featured in the award-winning documentary, Pleasure Unwoven, summarizing the neuroscience of addiction and currently the most widely used media presentation in national and international treatment centers.
Dr. McCauley will deliver a presentation with the most recent and timely information on recovery from both behavioral addictions and substance use disorders and the role that dopamine plays in our lives from food, sex, Internet and other addictions.
Thursday, February 16, 2022, 7 pm - 9 pm
We will experience four creative demonstrations of recovery from four local recovery institutions that support the series.
Grand Strand Health, The Peer Connection, Lighthouse and Shoreline will each offer presentations on what recovery is all about. These short presentations will add some insight into aspects of addiction and recovery from a professional viewpoint.
Students in Recovery
Thursday, February 23, 2022, 7 pm - 9 pm
Students in recovery from different addictions and using different recovery methods describe what it was like, what happened and what they do on a daily basis to maintain their recovery.