Bestselling Author Koren Zailckas, “Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood,” to Keynote Addiction Conference

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September 3, 2012                                              Sara Moscato Howe  217-816-7799

(Springfield, IL) – September 3, 2012. Koren Zailckas, the New York Times bestselling author of“Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood,” will provide the keynote address at the 2012 Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association’s (IADDA) annual conference in Lisle on September 6.

Zailckas’ speech is sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations.

In her book, Zailckas provides an account of her experience abusing alcohol, starting with her first sip at age 14 and continuing through harrowing binges until she successfully sought treatment at age 22.

In addition to sponsoring Zailckas’ address, the Cebrin Goodman Center has also granted 36 conference scholarships to prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals with preference given to prevention providers, geographic diversity, and financial need.

“We are grateful to the Cebrin Goodman Center for their generous support of the 2012 IADDA Annual Conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “Information gained from the conference workshops will directly benefit those who provide prevention and treatment services to Illinois' most vulnerable populations, particularly youth.”

Scholarships cover full conference registration and hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The IADDA conference will be held September 5–7 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.  

Zailckas will speak on September 6 at 9:00 am.

Established in 1967 as the only statewide advocacy organization in Illinois focusing solely on substance use disorder issues, IADDA represents more than 50 prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the state.

For more information about IADDA or to register for the conference visit

Established in 2007, the Cebrin Goodman Center, located in Skokie, Illinois, is committed to helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society.

To that end, the Center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to successfully combat the formidable lure of drugs. To learn more visit