Join the Addictions Studies Alumni Club (ASAC).

• Network
• Share ideas
• Disseminate information concerning the field of addictions and substance abuse
• Plan and attend workshops
• Participate in events such as our annual Recovery Walk

Sign up today or call Alumni Relations at 708.534.4128 for more information.

  • Workshop for CEU Credits - May 4, 2019


    Critical Thinking Applied to the Addiction Field Workshop


    Presented by:  David O'Donnell, MHW, Professor, Governors State University

    Saturday, May 4, 2019
    8:30 a.m. Registration
    9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Workshop
    Governors State University
    Cost:  $15 per person ($5 current GSU Students)

    Three CEU credits are offered through IAODAPCA and for Social Workers

    • How  do we think the way we do?
    • What is Critical Thinking?
    • What is poor thinking?
    • What are characteristics of a critical thinker?
    • What does it take to become a critical thinker?
    • Use of Critical Thinking in the Addiction Field
    • Why is Critical Thinking a clinical necessity?

    Presented by:  David O'Donnell.   

    Dave O’Donnell (M.H.S.) is currently a full-time faculty member of the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University.  Mr. O’Donnell has held this position since 1991.  In addition, he worked in the addiction field for 25 years as a Substance Abuse/Mental Health therapist until he retired in 2010.  In 1988, he authored one of the first Early Intervention grants funded by D.A.S.A. to provide services for identified “high risk” youth in the south suburban elementary school system.  The program was designed to provide counseling and support to children growing up with parental addiction.  Mr. O’Donnell has long been an advocate for programs and interventions that focus on client resiliency, strengths, and empowerment, rather than confrontation as a means to enhance motivation.  He is also a staunch supporter of treatment models that are client centered and provide choices to clients in treatment that expand beyond the limits of total abstinence.  “There needs to be a commitment to go where the client is at and work from there, not the other way around.”


    To register: online, call 708-534-8390 or complete and mail the registration form


  • 8th Annual Recovery Awareness Walk - Saturday, September 14, 2019


    8th Annual Addictions Recovery Walk - Saturday, September 14, 2019.

    Come celebrate Recovery Month with us.  Free admission, door prizes, refreshments, entertainment, recovery resource fair.  Featuring Master of Ceremonies, Peter Palanca, Executive Vice President and COO, TASC, Inc., keynote speaker, and more.

    Register on-line and be entered for a special door prize.

    Registration:  8-9 a.m.
    Program:  9 a.m.
    2 Mile Walk (optional): 10 a.m.
    Closing remarks:  Noon

    If you represent a treatment organization and would like to be a part of our resource fair, please return the attached form or call 708.534.7892 for more details.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Lauren Healy at 708.534.8390.



  • Meetings


    The next meeting of the Addictions Studies Alumni Club is Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex at GSU.  If you are interested in attending, please email for more information.

    Joins us at one of the many events planned for this year, including workshops and the 8th Annual Addictions Recovery Walk.



    Stay up to date on what's happening with the Addictions Studies Alumni Club (ASAC), news and industry updates related to the addictions field.

    ASAC - February 2019 newsletter

    ASAC - June 2016 newsletter

    ASAC - July 2015 newsletter

  • ASAC Scholarship


    ASAC raises funds and offers the Addiction Studies Alumni Club Scholarship each year to a GSU student studying addictions. Scholarships are posted on March 1 for the Fall semester.  Visit for more details.

    To donate, call 708.534.7892.