Annual HGTC Addiction and Recovery Series Lineup Announced

Popular speaker series to feature Everclear guitarist Art Alexakis.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s 12th Annual Addiction and Recovery Series will kick off Jan. 31, and will feature a variety of speakers, including Art Alexakis of the band Everclear.

All events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium on HGTC’s Conway Campus. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m., and a free dinner will be provided in Café 1100 at 6 p.m.

The HGTC Addiction and Recovery Series was created in 2008 by HGTC physics professor Casey King to increase public awareness of recovery in this 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 this 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.

The series is presented by Horry-Georgetown Technical College and sponsored by Grand Strand Health, Faces and Voices of Recovery Grand Strand, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital and Shoreline Behavioral Health Services.

HGTC 2019 Addiction and Recovery Series Complete Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.


January 31

7 p.m.-9 p.m. with a free dinner at 6 p.m.

Speaker: Faces and Voices of Recovery Grand Strand (FAVOR-GS)

 Faces and Voices of Recovery Grand Strand (FAVOR-GS) presents “Integration of Medical and Recovery Communities in the Emergency Department.” Guests will meet some of the faces and voices who are sharing their experiences and training in some local hospitals providing valuable insights to the patients and assistance to the doctors and nurses in the care of people brought in who need drug-related treatment. A panel of care team members will discuss the differences in the operation and successes in the Emergency Department by comparing how it was before and how it is now.

February 7

7 p.m.-9 p.m. with a free dinner at 6 p.m.

 Speaker: Dr. Robert Ackerman

Using evidence-based outcomes, this presentation will focus on the emotional and behavioral issues and problems for children/adolescents who are living in dysfunctional families, especially addicted families. It will emphasize a developmental approach to children/adolescents and will address why children/adolescents in dysfunctional families are not all affected in the same way. Intervention and the development of achievement and resiliency skills in children/adolescents will be included.

Dr. Ackerman is co-founder of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics and the previous editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals. He is now the chair of the advisory board. As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics. Twelve books later, many television appearances and countless speaking engagements he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. He has served on many advisory boards and has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education. He served on the White House Task Force on Resiliency and At-Risk-Youth.

February 14

7 p.m.-9 p.m. with a free dinner at 6 p.m.

A panel of Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, faculty and staff who are in recovery from various additions will speak on what it was like, what happened and reveal what they do on a daily basis to maintain their recovery.

February 21

Two presentations:

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

7 p.m.-9 p.m. with a free dinner at 6 p.m.

Speaker: Art Alexakis

Arthur Paul “Art” Alexakis is an American musician best known as the singer-songwriter and guitarist of the rock band Everclear. He has been a member of several notable bands, in addition to his own work as a songwriter for other artists.

Alexakis founded several record labels throughout his career and worked as an A&R representative for major record labels between and during his own musical projects. Later, he became a political activist and lobbied for special concerns that included drug awareness policies and support of the families of the military.

Contact Prof. Casey King at or (843) 349-5378,  follow the series on Facebook, or  visit the HGTC website. To donate to the HGTC Addiction and Recovery Series, please visit


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