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HGTC Reveals 2024 Lecture Series for Addiction & Recovery

(Conway, SC) 01/03/2024

2024 Addiction and Recovery Series

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) proudly announces the 17th annual Addiction and Recovery Series schedule for 2024. Commencing on Thursday evenings starting January 25, the series will showcase two (2) celebrity speakers, four (4) creative demonstrations from local recovery institutions, and several student testimonials of recovery from different addictions using diverse recovery methods.

All events are free and open to the public, held in the Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium on the HGTC Conway Campus. No registration is required, and presentations will commence at 7 p.m., preceded by a complimentary dinner at 6 p.m. in Building 1100B.

Information about the free event is available on the HGTC website.

Visit www.hgtc.edu/recovery to participate in the events each week.

The series is presented by Horry-Georgetown Technical College and sponsored by Access Favor, Conway Medical Center Foundation, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital, and Shoreline Behavioral Health Services.

HGTC 2024 Addiction and Recovery Series Events Schedule

Thursday, January 25, 2024• 7:00pm–9:00pm
Tom Arnold
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold has had a well-publicized journey with addiction and child sexual abuse. Arnold’s drinking and substance use began years prior to his leaving the Midwest, where he was born and raised, and where his sister became one of the most prominent drug dealers. Tom honestly shares the ups and downs of his recovery with us. Arnold says rehabilitation is an ongoing process. He has been attending 12-step meetings for 35 years and is sober. “It is something I work on every day,” he said.

Thursday, February 1, 2024• 7:00pm–9:00pm
Kevin Mccauley
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 as a primer on current addiction neuroscience with information that validates the lived experiences of people with addiction. Criticisms of the brain disease model of addiction are addressed in that it does not adequately address the social and ecological factors that are crucial to any complete understanding of addiction and recovery. The lecture then goes beyond the brain to explore the role of the body and environmental affordances in choice-making and addiction, describing an enactivist approach known as “4E cognition.” Focusing on recent developments in psychoneuroimmunology, computational psychiatry, and embodied consciousness, this “4E” approach answers many of the criticisms of the brain disease model of addiction.

Thursday, February 8, 2024• 7:00pm–9:00pm
Corporate sponsors
Access Favor, Conway Medical Center Foundation, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital, and Shoreline Behavioral Health Services 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.

Thursday, February 15, 2024• 7:00pm–9:00pm
Students in recovery
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.

The HGTC Addiction and Recovery Series was created in 2008 by HGTC physics and natural science professor Casey King 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 www.hgtc.edu/give. For more information contact:  Casey King 843-477-2154 or casey.king@hgtc.edu