ATTC's Pearls of Wisdom Podcast Series, Episode 4: The Next Decade (2023 and Beyond)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people who shaped and are shaping the field. In this series, hosts Laurie Krom and Maxine Henry of the ATTC Network Coordinating Office will talk with ATTC staff – past and present – about the history, challenges, and evolution of the network.

Featured guests include: Nancy Roget, Mountain Plains ATTC co-director; Denna Vandersloot, Northwest ATTC co-director; Pat Stilen, former director of the Mid-America ATTC; Lonnetta Albright, former director of the Great Lakes ATTC; Maureen Nichols, South Southwest ATTC director; Todd Molfenter, Great Lakes ATTC co-director; Andrew Wilson, Central East ATTC co-director; Estela Besosa-Martinez, project coordinator of the Northeast and Caribbean ATTC in Puerto Rico; and Abby Roach-Moore, technology transfer specialist with the Opioid Response Network. 

In the fourth episode of our series, host and ATTC NCO co-director Maxine Henry talks with Andrew Wilson, Central East ATTC co-director, Estela Besosa-Martinez, project coordinator with the Northeast and Caribbean ATTC, and Abby Roach-Moore, technology transfer specialist with the Opioid Response Network (ORN), about what the next decade holds for the network and the field.

In the coming decade, Abby Roach-Moore said she expects to see harm reduction continue to be normalized as part of the continuum of care.

“Education is power, and that’s all harm reduction is,” she said. "You meet people where they are, but you're not going to leave them there."

Another area the panelists expect to see peer support specialists and people with lived experience making a significant impact and contribution to the work of the ATTC Network's mission.

“Peers are what was missing in this process of recovery,” Estela Besosa-Martinez said. "The clinician, or counselor, or social worker may possibly understand them, and have amazing tools to guide them... but the peer brings something that the clinician can't." 

Listen to the entire series here.

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