9th Annual Voices for Recovery Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin McCauley
World renowned Speaker & Author and Award-Winning Addiction Specialist
Monday, September 17, 2018
Edgewater Hotel, Madison, WI
10:00 am - 11:30 am ~ Registration & Networking
11:30 am - 1:15 pm ~ Luncheon & Presentation
Dr. Kevin McCauley is a non-practicing physician who has worked in the field of addiction treatment for nearly two decades. Kevin first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon for Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter and fighter/attack squadrons. Due to the Navy’s policy toward treating such disorders as a safety (rather than moral) issue, he witnessed pilots self-report their addiction since they knew they would be treated medically and, once safe to do so, returned to flying status under careful monitoring. “These were charismatic and otherwise highly-capable, self-disciplined pilots who did come forward and ask for help – and they all got better and went back to flying! That just destroyed the prejudice I had picked up in medical school that addicts never ask for help and once an addict, always an addict.”
Unfortunately, the Navy did not have a similar policy for other kinds of addiction, and when he found himself addicted to opioid pain medications following a surgical procedure he was imprisoned by the Marine Corps in solitary confinement, court-martialed, and transferred to the U.S Army’s maximum-security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Once released, the Navy paid for Kevin’s treatment, for which he will always be grateful.
From 2009 to 2013, Kevin McCauley was the Director of Le Mont, a sober living/recovery management program in Sandy, Utah, and he was president of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. Currently with Northbound Treatment Center, Kevin has been working with the clinical team in their monthly four day onsite family program for the past five years, and also concentrating his efforts in performing addiction education, developing clinical program enhancements, and assisting with family support and interventions.
As Co-Founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction, and “Memo to Self” about Recovery Management in commercial airline pilots and professionals with substance use disorders. “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.
Kevin now has over ten years of continuous sobriety, and continues to speak at treatment facilities around the world.