The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) held its annual meeting and symposium December 8-11, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. AAAP is an international professional membership organization founded in 1985 with approximately 1,000 members. Membership consists of psychiatrists working with addiction, faculty at various academic institutions, medical students, residents and fellows, and related health professionals making a contribution to the field of addiction psychiatry. This conference provides physicians and allied health professionals who treat patients with substance use and mental health disorders the latest scientific developments in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. The meeting is structured to encourage interaction among clinicians from various disciplines, approaches, and settings. Lifeskills South Florida exhibited at the conference and staff attended concurrent educational sessions.