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CADCA’s Annual National Leadership Forum – My Story

By Melisa Damcevska, Wellspring Preventionist Whether you are new to the prevention field or have been working in it for decades, CADCA’s annual National Leadership Forum is a powerful sight to be seen. Personally, it was my very first time attending, and I will be forever grateful that I was able to attend because of how eye-opening and empowering those four days in National Harbor, Maryland were. Prevention, for people not involved in the field, is a highly misunderstood topic. We as prevention specialists are constantly asked, how do you prevent something like this from happening? How do you possibly know it works? Why should I worry about a few kids underage drinking when the opioid epidemic is killing thousands a week? And that is exactly why we need prevention. To stop the epidemic before it even begins. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum brought together about 3,000 individuals all working towards the...
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