International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction

International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction

The Conference will take place on July 1–5, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. Join drug demand reduction professionals from Europe and around the world for five days of plenary sessions, workshops, training sessions, networking, exhibits, culture and community.

The International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) in partnership with UNODC will host the International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction in Vienna, July 1-5, 2019.  ISSUP is a global non-governmental organisation that supports the development of a professional substance use prevention, treatment and recovery network.

The conference will bring together national and international experts in substance use prevention, treatment and care and will feature a broad range of topics and formats. These will include all-day training workshops, keynote speakers in plenary sessions, a regional meeting for European universities that are providing or interested in delivering addiction education, and a two-day refresher course and chance to take an exam to receive credentials.

The conference will include keynote sessions on:

  • Genetics and neurobiology
  • Prevention and treatment innovations
  • Prevention and treatment systems
  • Social determinants
  • Law enforcement, criminal justice and health cooperation
  • Overdose prevention
  • Special populations

International partners will provide evidence-based and high-quality training in the following areas:

  • Family-based prevention
  • School-based prevention
  • Media-based prevention
  • Prevention interventions in Europe
  • Counselling skills for addiction professionals
  • Policy-maker training in nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders
  • Treating adolescents with substance use disorders
  • Community anti-drug coalitions
  • Children's substance use prevention and treatment
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Advanced clinical skills and crisis management
  • Drug-free workplace

Meet the leaders in the field from around the globe, across the field and at all stages of their careers. Take advantage of a vast array of topics and training opportunities while getting the chance to share ideas, research and experiences in drug prevention, treatment and care.

The connections you make at the conference will strengthen your work, the field and the global drug demand reduction community. 

Who should attend?

Anyone working in the field of drug demand reduction – whether this is their full responsibility, or part of a wider-ranging health, policy, education, research or welfare focused role.

Don't miss out and secure your place today!



To find out if you need to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Austria, please visit this page.

If you need an invitation letter for visa purposes or if you have any questions regarding the event, please contact